EXPLORE OSLO: As a brand new Oslo-resident I´ve been exploring the city from a touristic point of view, here´s my best recommendations on things to do when in Oslo!
1. When in Oslo, the first thing you should always do is say hi to the Oslo-tiger, placed at Jernbanetorget.
2. Second thing, go check out the world famous Opera House. The building is stunning. (See picture above).
3. Check out one (or all) of the food markets. Vippa, Mathallen Vulkan & Oslo Street Food.
4. Take a stroll through Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner to check out the cool (and sometimes scary) sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.
5. Do a ”Skriet” imitation at The National gallery (temporarily closed, re-opening in 2020)
6. Explore one of the many museums at Bygdøy and learn about the viking history!
7. Hang out by the beach: Huk, Soerenga, Hvervenbukta, Paradisbukta.
8. Ekeberg Sculpture Park with many interesting sculptures, and a restaurant with panoramic view over Oslo.
9. Take the subway & bus to Sandvika outside of Oslo, nice walking path around Kalvøya, take a swim, hang out by the beach or take the ferry to one of the island.
10. Visit one of the movie theatre and book the Supreme-package!
11. Visit Tomma Emanuelle – the mausoleum of the less famous Vigeland brother. Hidden gem!
12. Have a look at the macabre split cows of Damien Hirst at Astrup Fearnley Museum of modern art.
13. Explore the archiepilago by boat!
14. In Oslo you can find great sushi! My favourite is to be found at SüdØst Asian Crossover.
15. Go pub-crawling in Løkka – the place to spend Oslo night out!
16. Book an arty performance at The Black Box Theatre.
17. Enjoy the food flavours of the area Grønland, I would pick falafel!
18. Play indoor minigolf while having a beer at Oslo Camping. Fun & games!
19. Check out the street art of Oslo! Especially in Grønland, Løkka & Tøyen.
20. Go flea market shopping in one of the many schools at weekends during spring and autumn: www.loppemarkeder.com
21. Take a hike up to Holmenkollen, Vettakollen or Grefsenkollen to see Oslo from above.
22. Celebrate 17 may! ”Gratulerer med dagen”.
23. Check out the Castle, the park and the view.
24. Go luxury shopping at Karl Johans Gate.
25. Have a glas of wine at Grand Café, since 1874.
26. Take subway no 5 to Sognsvann and have a relaxing 5 km walk around the lake.
27. Walk along Akerselva, stopp for a refreshing drink at Syng, great outdoor seating.
28. Have Game night at TILT with shuffleboards, arcade games and flipper. Who doesn’t wanna play Pac Man, Space Invader and Donkey Kong again? Welcome to memory lane!
29. In ”Vår Frelsers gravlund” you will find the graves of many celebrities such as Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch.
30. Visit the idyllic wooden houses in Rodeløkka.
31. Book a table at Restaurang Månefisken or go dancing at one of their raggae nights next door.
32. If your into rock & metal I suggest Kniven, Rock Inn and Revolver.
34. Explore the area around Oslo, at Ingierstrand you can have a day of sun & fun by the sea and then enjoy a dinner at the restaurant.
35. In Marienlyst Park you can have a barbecue night with friends. Bring your own.
36. In the winter, take the subway to Oslo Vinterpark for skiing and snowboarding.
37. Book tickets to the National Theatre: Nationalteatret, since 1899.
38. Visit the ruins of medieval Akershus Fortress.
39. Enjoy the nature at the Botanical Garden, especially in April when the cherry blossom is in full bloom.
40. Have a beer at the longest bar in Oslo, Smelteverket, Vulkan.
41. Hold a snake at Oslo Reptile Park.
42. Visit one of the many farms with animals you can say hi to. List of farms open for visits.
To be continued…