Here are my top 5 things to do in Oslo, the capital city of Norway. We visited over the Easter weekend with friends and had a fantastic time! We flew into Torp airport from Liverpool (just 1.5hrs flight time!) and picked up a car from Hertz. We had ordered a mid-range car and lucked out with a shiny new Mercedes. We glided along the scenic roads to Oslo (top tip: go for the non-toll route for a beautiful drive).
1. Go to the Olympic ski jump at Hollmenkollen
The ski jump is slightly north of Oslo and on it’s own is pretty impressive (my heart stopped a little when I saw just how steep the jump is), but it’s really for the amazing views over Oslo that you go for. Buy a ticket and get in the lift to the top of the jump. A big viewing platform provides you with some awesome 360 degree views over Oslo and the surrounding area.
2. Take a stroll down Karl Johans Gate
The streets around Karl Johans Gate and the actual street itself are definitely worth a nice wander. Stop for coffee, have a look in the shops and generally meander down.
3. Go to the Weekday store
Near Karl Johans Gate is the Weekday store. They don’t yet have any in the UK, you can only buy from their online store or shops like ASOS. Weekday are like a cooler GAP. My new fave basics store. Everything’s cut really well, good quality and cheap. My mate Cat bought me a tee as a late birthday pressie….woop woop!
4. Have a drink on the harbourside and watch the boats
Have a break from walking around by grabbing a beer at one of the many places on the harbourside. The views over Inner Oslofjord are gorgeous in the sunshine. We found a great place right next to the water away from the crowds called Onda – the drinks weren’t too expensive (for Norway).
…then walk up to the opera house. It’s a lovely building next to the water. Grab a pic and wander up!
5. Hire a car and visit some fjords
The best fjords are over on the West side of Norway (lots of dramatic views), but there are still some beautiful places around Oslo. Head over to Sylling for a gorgeous view of Tyrifjorden and there are many lovely fjords on the way down to Sandefjord.
Eating in Oslo
Usually my top things to do in a place include a restaurant or two. We found that most restaurants close for Easter though, so our wish list of restaurants was quickly set aside for just wandering around to find something we liked.
We did find Olympen near our apartment, which served great beer and really good food. I’d definitely recommend it.
Definitely check out Nordic Nibbler who has extensively reviewed the Oslo restaurant scene.
We loved Norway, Oslo…and we also drove over to Gothenburg in Sweden whilst we were there (it was quiet is Oslo on Easter Sunday). Not bad going for four days!
A note on travelling to Oslo from Liverpool Airport
Liverpool is usually a second choice airport for us, we went for it because RyanAir fly out early on a Friday and back late on a Monday, giving you nearly four full days away. The airport is a little quieter and smaller than Manchester and I’d definitely recommend the Hampton by Hilton hotel which is right next to the airport. So easy if you’ve got an early flight to drive over the night before, stay and fly in the morning.