Museums, Modern Architectre and Markets: A City Break in Oslo, Norway
If you're looking for a city break with a difference, make Oslo your next destination. Norway's capital city really has it all, with everything from world-class museums and incredible modern architecture, to lush green spaces and an innovative foodie scene just waiting to be explored.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Tread the boards as you go backstage at Oslo's magnificent Opera House
- Explore the city on foot, with one of our passionate local guides
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Day 1: Arrive in Oslo
It's up early to catch a morning flight to start your city break in Oslo. Once you've landed, make your way to your city centre hotel by public transport - the Flytoget shuttle train runs every 10 minutes and takes you from the airport to Oslo city centre in 20 minutes.
We've included the Oslo Pass for the duration of your stay, which gives you free entry to 30 museums and attractions, free travel on public transport, free entry to the outdoor swimming pools and a whole lot more. This gives you the freedom to explore the city independently when you have any down time.
To help you make the most of your whistle-stop trip, we've organised a three-hour sightseeing tour of the city. Once you've had time to unpack, you'll be met at the hotel by your guide who will take you on a walking tour around this modern and diverse city. Taking in all of Oslo's highlights, including the Royal Palace, Stortinget (the Norwegian parliament) the National Theatre, the city hall and the beautiful, medieval Akershus Fortress - it's the perfect way to get a feel for this bustling, cosmopolitan city. You'll also get to explore the harbour area of Aker Brygge, a beautiful neighbourhood lined with upscale restaurants, shops, galleries and stunning modern architecture. There's the option to continue exploring, by hopping on a boat to the peninsula of Bygdøy, with its impressive offering of museums, including the Viking Ship museum, the Fram museum and the open-air folk museum. The journey only takes 10-15 minutes and the views are more than worth it.
The evening is yours to enjoy. Oslo is home to some truly excellent restaurants and we can recommend our favourites.
Day 2: Exploring Beautiful Oslo
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before heading to Oslo's famous Opera House for a one-hour tour. While the roof is open for all to climb onto (yes really), our guide will take you on a special tour behind the scenes, to see what really goes on before the curtain rises each evening. You'll go backstage to visit the costume workshop and scenery painting room, then get a taste of what it feels like to have your name in lights when you step out onto the Main Stage. Who knows, you might even meet a ballet dancer or opera singer as you explore behind the scenes.
After this, the rest of the day is yours - and with your Oslo Pass there's plenty to see and do. Surrounded by picturesque forests and a fjord, this compact city has something for everyone. For an authentic Scandinavian experience, book a sauna session at Árdna, one of the world's biggest saunas, with cracking views out across the city, or, to make the most of those green surroundings, take a tram up to Ekebergparken, a sculpture park in a gorgeous woodland setting. Alternatively, check out some of Oslo's cultural offerings with a visit to one of the many museums the city is home to, or just potter around, soaking up the friendly vibe and modern architecture.
The evening offers another opportunity to indulge at one of the city's world-class restaurants.
Day 3: Heading Home
Sadly, your Oslo city break is over and it's time to head home. As your flight is booked for the afternoon you have a few hours to spare in Oslo, before catching the train back to the airport - just enough time to hit the shops and grab a Lefse (a sweet, soft flatbread smothered with butter, sugar and cinnamon) and coffee. When in Norway…
The flight home takes just under two and a half hours.
Kate L and Charlotte H are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.