Essential Oslo

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Irma is a full-time travel writer based in Oslo, who has a PhD in English literature. She is currently working on a definitive guide to Oslo.Read More Bio »

Oslo

GPS-directed

Remote Tour Included

1hr+/2+hrs(Extended itinerary)

1km/2.5km(Extended itinerary)

Our Essential Oslo tour will guide you through Norway’s capital, from the oldest existing buildings in Oslo to the most modern architectural landmarks. You will witness a unique combination of old and new, history and culture, as well as nature, always at your fingertips. You will walk down the main street named after a Norwegian King who was not a Norwegian, see Norway’s most famous hotel and the world’s largest sauna. Enjoy your walk through this charming city with more than 1,000 years of fascinating history!

Avoid the Crowds

Allows you to explore without having to be shoulder-to-shoulder in a large tour group

Created by an exceptional travel writer

Written by an Oslo-based author, who has a PhD in English literature

GPS Directions

Easy-to-follow GPS directions to get you from one point to the next on your tour

Highlights include:

Oslo Cathedral, The Royal Palace and The Nobel Peace Center

Remote Tour Included

As with all our tours, a remote tour is included that can be enjoyed from home

Itineraries

Essential Oslo – Extended

Essential Oslo – Standard

  1. Oslo Central Station - The main arrival point to Oslo. It consists of the original building from 1882, turned into a food hall, and a new, modern structure. Right in front of the Central Station stands a symbol of the city - an impressive bronze tiger sculpture.
  2. Karl Johans Gate - The main street of Oslo, and it holds several of the city’s major tourist attractions. Oslo Bazaars is a prominent complex situated in the lower part of the street. It used to be a place where butchers sold meat in the city in the 19th century.
  3. Oslo Cathedral - This has been the main church of Oslo since 1697. It holds several fascinating architectural and interior details.
  4. The Parliament - An unusual yellow-brick building from the end of the 19th century, with two lions guarding its entrance. The building stands in on Eidsvoll Square, which is one of the most visited places in the city.
  5. Grand Hotel - A lovely classical style building from 1874, and is the most famous hotel in Norway. The hotel’s Grand Café became the main meeting spot for Christiania’s citizens and is still a place to see and to be seen.
  6. Oslo University - Its buildings date from 1811, and until 1946 it was the only university in Norway. The University buildings remain of great significance to the city today and houses several original paintings by Edvard Munch.
  7. The Royal Palace - One of the country’s most important buildings and a symbol of Norwegian history since 1814. The park surrounding the Royal Palace is one of the first public parks in Oslo. The park is a protected cultural monument and is managed in accordance with eco-friendly principles.
  8. The National Theater - Opened in 1899, it is one of the most important buildings in Oslo. It can trace its origins to the old Christiania Theater. The Vika area behind the theater used to be one of the slum areas in Christiania.
  9. The Nobel Peace Center - One of Norway’s most visited museums. It is located by the Oslo City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony takes place every year.
  10. Oslo City Hall - Designed in the Functionalism style, this is a storybook of Norway’s history and culture. Inside the City Hall, you will find hidden treasures like the Munch Room and the Ceremonial Gallery, sumptuously decorated with scenes from Norwegian history.
  11. Aker Brygge - Today Oslo’s vibrant commercial district used to be an old yard with minor industrial activity and a shipyard site. Aker Brygge offers fantastic views of the Oslo Fjord, perfect for island hopping.
  12. Akershus Fortress - This is one of the finest and oldest cultural monuments in Norway. It is a Medieval Castle from the 13th century. In the past, Akershus Festning was used as a military base, royal residence, and even a prison.
  13. Kvadraturen - This is a description used by Norwegian city areas with quadrant-based, grid planned streets. This form is typical to the city planning by King Christian IV, due to the rectangular street pattern of his renaissance town.
  14. The Bank Square - This takes its name after the building of the Christiania Department's Norges Bank from the 19th century. The square houses the Engebret Café from 1857, the oldest restaurant in Oslo.
  15. Oslo Stock Exchange - This was Norway's first monumental building. It occupied an important place in Norwegian cultural and architectural history, and it still does.
  16. Oslo Opera House - The home of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, and one of the landmarks of Oslo.
  1. Karl Johans Gate - The main street of Oslo, and it holds several of the city’s major tourist attractions. Oslo Bazaars is a prominent complex situated in the lower part of the street. It used to be a place where butchers sold meat in the city in the 19th century.
  2. Oslo Cathedral - This has been the main church of Oslo since 1697. It holds several fascinating architectural and interior details.
  3. The Parliament - An unusual yellow-brick building from the end of the 19th century, with two lions guarding its entrance. The building stands in on Eidsvoll Square, which is one of the most visited places in the city.
  4. Grand Hotel - A lovely classical style building from 1874, and is the most famous hotel in Norway. The hotel’s Grand Café became the main meeting spot for Christiania’s citizens and is still a place to see and to be seen.
  5. Oslo University - Its buildings date from 1811, and until 1946 it was the only university in Norway. The University buildings remain of great significance to the city today and houses several original paintings by Edvard Munch.
  6. The Royal Palace - One of the country’s most important buildings and a symbol of Norwegian history since 1814. The park surrounding the Royal Palace is one of the first public parks in Oslo. The park is a protected cultural monument and is managed in accordance with eco-friendly principles.
  7. The National Theater - Opened in 1899, it is one of the most important buildings in Oslo. It can trace its origins to the old Christiania Theater. The Vika area behind the theater used to be one of the slum areas in Christiania.
  8. The Nobel Peace Center - One of Norway’s most visited museums. It is located by the Oslo City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony takes place every year.
  9. Oslo City Hall - Designed in the Functionalism style, this is a storybook of Norway’s history and culture. Inside the City Hall, you will find hidden treasures like the Munch Room and the Ceremonial Gallery, sumptuously decorated with scenes from Norwegian history.

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