24 Hours in Oslo

Norway’s Booming Capital – How to Spend 24 Hours In Oslo

The vibrant city of Oslo is somewhat of a surprising European treasure. Its kaleidoscopic make up appeals to many which is perhaps why interest in this hidden gem is growing. For the thinkers, there is a wide array of museums to spend time in. For the outdoor lovers, there are many hiking and cycling trails to offer as well as parks and other outdoor activities. For the city slickers, the busy center of town has many unique stores as well as trendy bars, restaurants and cafes. There is a lot to see. My biggest suggestion would be to allow more than 24 hours to get through it all, I’d say at least 3 days, but if you only have 24 hours in Oslo then check out these suggestions to help you plan your trip.

Norway’s Booming Capital – How to Spend 24 Hours In Oslo

Check out Norway's booming capital and make the most of your time in Oslo with this complete travel guide

24 hours in Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel

I stayed at the Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz which boasted a delicious hotel breakfast to get you started for the day. They had everything from fresh breads, pastries, a range of meat and eggs, cold cuts, smoked salmon and you can even try the dried fish that is a traditional food of the Nordic regions. Wash it down with a coffee or one of their fresh made juices and you are good to go. The hotel is located centrally, walking distance to many of the main attractions and public transport stations.

Viking Ship Museum

Take a quick bus ride and immerse yourself in the time of the Vikings with a visit to the Vikingskipshuset or Viking Ship Museum. These large, impressive vessels that once transported warriors across the seas are now safeguarded and preserved in this fascinating museum where you can marvel at them and learn more about their construction and history. In my opinion this is definitely an unmissable experience in Oslo. At the museum you can also learn about the Viking life, feast at the cafe and pick up a unique souvenir from the gift shop. The entrance fee varies depending on when you visit so check their website for more information on prices.

24 Hours in Oslo

Norsk Folkemuseum

The Norsk Folkemuseum is just a short walk away from the Viking Ship museum, about 5-10 minute walk and the entrance fee is 130NOK per adult (approx 15 USD). At this museum you can learn about the Norwegian culture with exhibits about art, weapons, dress and Sami culture and even go through a unique open air museum where you walk through a replica of a town and countryside, showcasing the different historical architecture and elements of daily life.

Grab a hot dog

One thing you just have to try while you are visiting Oslo is a hot dog! It sounds like an odd recommendation but they’re so dang delicious. You can grab them on the go from just about any gas station or convenience store and most I saw had a range of types – regular, bacon wrapped, chorizo and others. Everywhere I went there was always a good selection of sauces available too even some new sauces that I had never seen before which were fun to try.

24 Hours in Oslo

Armed Forces Museum

The Armed Forces Museum has no entrance fee and is a very interesting museum to visit. It was quite large with arrows to guide you along your way so that you don’t miss any of the exhibits. The only downside to this museum was that some of the exhibit information was only written in Norwegian so you miss the full experience if you don’t speak the language. There are still enough exhibits with an English translation to make it worthwhile though and overall it is full of very interesting exhibits about war, weapons, uniforms, machinery and stories of people involved.

24 Hours in Oslo

Other museums

If those museums don’t tickle your fancy then there are plenty more to choose from such as the Nobel Peace Center, Vigeland Museum, or The Fram Polar Ship Museum. Visit Oslo is a great resource for looking into the attractions of the area to help find the things you are most interested in. They have even created an official city app for Oslo which you can use, without using your phones data, to find events, maps and other useful information about the city and the activities on offer.

Afternoon coffee and cake

After all that it’s time for the afternoon pick me up. Stop in at the Espresso House for a coffee and cake. There is lots to choose from, similar to a Starbucks in that sense where you can choose from seasonal flavors. They also had a generous selection of fresh treats to satisfy the sweet tooth (I tried a Hazelnut Cheesecake and it was delish!)

24 Hours in Oslo

Walk along the water

Finish the evening with a stroll along the trendy waterfront area. It’s a lovely place to walk around and reflect on your day sightseeing and there is even a Museum of Modern Art island. If your stomach is grumbling you could choose to dine here at one of the many restaurants, or, if you are like me and spend a little too much money on souvenirs throughout the day, you can take advantage of the complimentary dinner offered at the Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz. The night I visited they served a basic home cooked meat and vegetables type of dish buffet style with side salad, fresh bread and cold meat and cheese. It was nothing extravagant but it had everything you need and helps to save a little extra money.

24 Hours in Oslo

I hope this helps you plan your trip to Oslo. If you have any more suggestions or questions, just let me know in the comments below. 


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26 Comments

  • Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel February 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    The Viking Museum looks so awesome! I have yet to make it to any Nordic countries so will definitely need to add all of these places to my Oslo list!

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Yayyyy! I hope you get to visit and can’t wait to see your pics 🙂

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  • Angela February 15, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Oslo looks so beautiful and I would love to visit the Viking museum. Beautiful article, thank you for sharing! Angela

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  • Cori February 15, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I was in Oslo for 3 days about a year ago and I have to say it wasn’t enough time to see the city! You could easily spend a week there or quite a bit more if you’re working while traveling. The waterfront was really lovely! It’s a great city to spend time in.

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Oh yes, 100% agree it wasn’t enough! There’s so much to see there, I feel like I could be busy there for ages!

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  • Patricia February 15, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I’ve only been to Norway once, but we stayed in Bergen. I’d love to see Oslo! The Viking Museum looks like fun, and I bet I could get lost in the Norsk Folkemuseum. And, of course, I wouldn’t mind a walk along that waterfront — gorgeous picture!! Clearly, I need to go back sooner rather than later!

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:20 am

      I need to see Bergen too so we need to swap tips 🙂 I hope you get to visit Oslo soon and hope you love it! Cant wait to see your pics!

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  • The Adventure Ahead February 16, 2017 at 4:32 am

    The history of this area has always fascinated me – I would love to visit the viking ship museum. This sounds like a great city – will have to add it to our itinerary!

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:19 am

      I hope you get to visit because it’s such a cool place! Enjoy 🙂

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  • Izzy February 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Hot dogs are a really big thing in Scandinavia! Who would’ve thought?? I remember they were super popular in Iceland too! I loved Oslo so much when I visited! I wish I had known about the Vikings Ship Museum but I got to see Vigeland Park which was amazing and those sculptures still stay in my mind to this day!

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:18 am

      That’s so interesting, I had no idea they were so popular. I’m going to Iceland soon so I guess I can get some more hot dogs! I have to add Vigeland Park to my list!

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  • Sarah Kim February 16, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Oh I really like that quick details graphic! It’s easy to take in vital information at once. I’ve never heard of a complimentary dinner before! That’s so awesome. I’d definitely take advantage of that one night. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Right?! I hadn’t heard of it either but it was such a good add on to a hotel visit!

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  • Stella the Travelerette February 17, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I will actually be in Oslo this summer! I will have more than 48 hours there, so that should be enough time to see things. I would definitely like to visit the Viking and Folkemuseum and eat a yummy hot dog!

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Yayyyy! How exciting! Cant wait to see your pics!

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  • Paige Wunder February 17, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Great post! I really love the formatting with the quick facts right at the beginning. The Norse Folkemuseum is on my list of museums I’ve wanted to visit for a while. I love Espresso House, I had it several times when I spent a month in Sweden. So good! Thanks for a great quick guide – Norway is still on my must-see list.

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  • Nicki February 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I have been wanting to visit Oslo for quite awhile. Maybe its my fascination with Vikings .. maybe not 😉 – so glad you took full advantage of short time there. I keep telling people that you can explore cities with little time – you just have to take advantage of the time you have.

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Yes so true, it’s not how much time you have it’s what you make of it! I hope you get to see Oslo, I’d love to see your pics and travels there!

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  • Claire February 17, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    That viking museum does look cool – have you been to the Vasa museum in Stockholm? They have a full size galleon there, it’s fascinating to see how people lived in the seas!

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Ohhh I haven’t but thank you so much for the suggestion because it is going on my list! I am so fascinated by all this stuff!

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  • Cez of eTramping February 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    This looks like a great little itinerary; love the grub suggestions, haha. Thanks for posting!

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Thanks so much Cez!

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  • Tamason Gamble February 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Oslo is a place we really want to visit and have had it on our wish list for a few years now. I would love to visit in the winter time.

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    • Katie Mac February 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Hi Tamason, I hope you get to visit because it is such a cool city! Stay in touch so I can follow along with your travels <3

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  • Arif Khan March 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Wow great place to be in. I agree with Cez of eTramping, perfect itinerary! I just want to ask you that is there any time to visit this place, considering weather or festivals?

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    • Katie Mac March 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Arif, good question & unfortunately I’m not too sure about the best festivals to see so I can’t help too much with that. I visited in December & the weather was fine – cold but not too cold to get out & explore. There were not too many crowds too which was great! I’d love to go back in the warmer months though to check out the midnight sun & some hiking!

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