Oslo, the hub of Norway, if located on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord, and is known for its open green spaces and museums.
After spending some time this summer in rural areas of Norway before going to the city, here are some places I visited while spending the weekend in Oslo Norway.
If you’re staying in the city, then the harbour is one of Oslo’s great attractions.
Easily accessed by just a short walk from the city, the harbor front is an attractive destination for a wander with tourists and locals.
The Nobel Peace Center, the Town Hall (Olso Radhus) and the castle are both found in the scenic harbor. The Aker Brygge pedestrian walkway is a great place to walk or enjoy a feed in a chilled-out setting.
If walking isn’t really what you’re after, then there are many cafes, restaurants, and bar located along the waterfront. I certainly enjoyed watching the world cup final here, although I didn’t enjoy spending £10 a pint!
Frogner Park is located in Oslo, Norway and is historically part of Frogner Manor.
The manor house can still be found in the south of the park and is now Oslo City Museum. Both the park and the area get their names from Frogner Manor.
Frogner Park is well known for its Vigeland installation, a permanent sculpture created by Gustav Vigeland between the 1920s and 1943. The park has some sculptures inside, as well as bridges and fountains.
At 45 hectares, Frogner Park is the largest park in the city of Oslo and has the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Frogner Park is a highly recommended attraction if you visit Oslo.
Its free to enter and is open to the public.
Frogner Park Kirkeveien, Oslo 268, Norway
Located just north of Oslo city, the Sognsvann Lake is a popular area for picnicking and relaxing during the summer.
The running trail around it is used for walking or jogging all year. Great for running when in Oslo. The lake is really nice place to go. You can run around the lake for exercise or just take some food and relax.
On hot days and weekends it does get fairly busy, with lots of people getting the same idea and heading to the lake. Even though during these days it can get very busy with family’s, students and singles, it’s still possible to find a nice spot and relax. Well worth a visit.
Sognsvann Lake Details
Track: Main track 3.3km flap loop. There are also additional trails with steeper inclines
Water: None provided, although there is a drinks seller at the park
Temperature: 29c (July)
235 Sognsveien, Oslo 890, Norway
Bygdøy is a peninsula found on the west side of the city centre.
This is a tourists wet dream as you can see several of Oslo’s most popular museums in this area. The peninsula is mainly a residential area, but in addition to the museums, Bygdøy is also a popular recreational area during summer offering beaches, a beach volleyball court and a beach restaurant at Huk.
There are also a few great trails both for cycling and walking.
Bygdøy featured museums are the Kon-Tiki Museum, which shows the legendary expeditions of Thor Heyerdahl; the Norwegian Folk Museum; the Viking Ship Museum; the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Fram Polar Ship Museum, used by Roald Amundsen.
Finally the Bygdøy Royal Estate, the official summer residence of the King of Norway and Oscarshall Castle are also located here.
Where I Stayed
Nearly all of my trip in Norway was spent using Couchsurfing. So after a few weeks of sleeping on peoples couches, plus crashing at friends place, it was a nice change to stay in a hotel.
I stayed at the HTL Grensen Oslo for 2 nights in a room facing the street and tram tracks. The hotel is centrally located in Oslo city and a comfortable stroll to the harbour and other attractions.
Booked through Agoda, I paid $238.02 USD for the two nights.
Although the price per night isn’t really that budget at the HTL Grensen Oslo, it is reasonable compared to other places in the area.
The room is very clean and although not overly large, has enough space to feel comfortable and relax in.
Wi-Fi signal is strong and the included breakfast was spot on.
Meters away from the MRT station, the place well suited for those looking for a hassle free stay and wanted convenient and easy access around the city.
Grensen 20, Oslo 0159, Norway
Other Budget Accommodation In Oslo
Looking to stay a little longer? The following places were spotted in Oslo for under 50 EUR a night: