Ovrevoll is the only racetrack in Norway and is beautifully located at Jar in Baerum, only 15 minutes from the centre of Oslo. The Derby The Scandic Norwegian Derby takes place usually the last week of August. This is the biggest event of the year, with thousands of spectators visiting the track to watch high quality racing. Restaurants: Sherryhaugen Café is open every day all year. Betting to other tracks as well as very good food makes it a popular place to visit, both for just a coffee or a lunch and dinner. On race days the restaurant in the Grand Stand offers an à la carte menu. Both restaurants have seats outside.
The National Gallery’s extensive collection of older and modern art includes an extensive collection of Edvard Munchs paintings with the Scream and Madonna as natural highlights. At the museum are exhibited also many international works which belong to influential artists like Lucas Cranach and Artemisia Gentileschi.
The Centre for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities presents a modern exhibition on the Holocaust. Images, sounds, film, items and text documents the genocide on the European Jews, as well as the Nazi State’s mass murder and persecution of other peoples and minorities.
Edvard Munch has a unique position in the history of art, as one of Expressionism’s early pioneers. The Munch Museum hosts a unique collection of more than 1,100 of Munch’s paintings. This makes the Munch Museum a unique starting point to explore the majority of Munch’s world-renowned works. Major works will always be on display in the museum.
At the Historical Museum you can learn about everything from the Ice Age to Christianity in Norway, with focus on the Viking period and the medieval collection. You will also see the Coin Cabinet, the oldest mummy ever found and the Ethnographic exhibitions of Ancient Egypt.
The Viking Ship Museum presents great Viking ship discoveries from Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune, as well as other finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord, including the world’s two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century. Here you can find small boats, sledges, carts with exceptional ornamentation and implements, tools, harness, textiles and household utensils.
DogA, the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, was established by Norsk Form and the Norwegian Design Council in 2005 as a meeting place for design, architecture and related disciplines. DogA is located in a converted power station by the Aker River, and hosts a number of exhibitions, conferences and seminars.
Thor Heyerdahl earned international fame for his expeditions on board the Kon-Tiki and Ra. At The Kon-Tiki Museum you can follow the intriguing events during his expeditions and their significance for world history. See the actual balsa and papyrus rafts, and learn more about Heyerdahl’s travels.
The combination of classical and modernist architecture makes the building signed to two of the most important architects, Fehn and Grosch, and is an attraction in itself. Here you can find different exhibitions related to different historical periods, as well as a museum shop and cafe.
The Norwegian Maritime Museum is located on the waterfront at Bygdøynes on the Bygdøy peninsula. Visitors can enjoy fascinating environmental exhibitions about fishing, ship building, shipping, marine archaeology and impressive collections of boat models and marine paintings.
Norwegians enjoy outdoor activities, which becomes immediately apparent if you make the trip out to the lake Sognsvann. During the winter there are skiers everywhere, and in the summer many people walk or run the approximately 3 kilometres around the lake. This is a perfect place to go out into nature and breathe some fresh air.
Tusenfryd is an amusement park about 45 minutes outside of Oslo; its name translates into "a thousand pleasures". You will find many entertaining rides and attractions here, a few examples are SpeedMonster, ThunderCoaster and SuperSplash. Visit Tusenfryd and have a great time!
The Royal Palace lies right at the end of Karl Johann Street, and makes for a very impressive sight. Every day at 1.30 pm the guard changing ceremony takes place, it's an attraction that is worth being seen. The park, which surrounds the palace, is a popular picnic and sun-bathing spot.
In the town centre lies one of Oslo’s oldest building where people have gathered since the early 1700’s. Here you can eat, drink and enjoy the historic surroundings, whether you are alone or want to bring along (up to 300 of) your friends and colleagues. The friendly waiters and chefs are focused on quality and exciting taste experiences.
Brasserie Sanguine sits in the middle of the iconic Opera House's foyer. The Opera House is dressed with white marble, so if you choose to sit in the outside area, we recommend wearing sunglasses. You can visit during day time, have a coffee in the sun or combine a grand dinner with an opera show.
The first thing that strikes you as you arrive at the Ekeberg restaurant is the magnificent view over the Oslo fjord, the islands and the city. This restaurant was first built in 1916, but was modified into it is current appearance in 1929, following a design competition. Ekeberg consists of several restaurants, a bar/lounge, an outside venue and a fine dining restaurant upstairs.
The Louise Restaurant & Bar is situated on premises occupied by Aker Mechanical Workshop in the 1920s. Many unique artefacts from Oslo’s naval history were utilised in the interior. The restaurant faces the beautiful Oslo fjord and the Akershus Fortress across the water. In the summer, the outside area is open and the crowded Aker Brygge Street provides for people-watching entertainment.
Delicatessen is a tapas restaurant that received its name from a French movie about a landlord that serves human flesh to his tenants. Although the origins of the name are quite bizarre, the dishes here are far from it, and the restaurant has been praised by locals and critics.
Bølgen & Moi is located in an old power station and is definitely worth a visit. Being a well-known restaurant brand in Norway, the establishment can be best described as a modern brasserie. The menu includes classic meals, side dishes and desserts. Large and small portions are available.
If you happen to be visiting Oslo on a typically Scandinavian cold or rainy day, rest assured that inside Yayas you can always find shelter in an authentic Thai environment. Taste the variety of meals made from scratch, have a drink at the beach bar and enjoy the happy reggae tones.
Café Sør, literally translated as "cafe south", operates as a cafe during day time, serving coffee and tea, and offering an extensive lunch menu. It is very popular among both Norwegians and Swedes and it is always packed with people. At night, it turns into more of a club, with DJs present every night.
When former US president Clinton visited Pascal, he could barely pull himself away. Pascal Dupuy’s chain of patisseries celebrated their 10-year anniversary in 2005. Their cakes, pastries and petit fours are of the highest international quality, and certainly deserve your attention.
Asylet is located in Grønland, which is a multi-cultural area close to the Central Station. The cafe welcomes you with a great atmosphere, an open fireplace to heat up frozen limbs in winter, and a relaxed backyard to soak up the sun in summer. Add to all of this an open-faced sandwich or carrot cake and enjoy!
Ett Glass lies in downtown Oslo and is a very popular cafe. The concept of serving coffee in a glass has spread around, and most of the cafes now make use of the same idea. Having been in the business for 20 years, the two-storey cafe welcomes guests with a warm atmosphere. Enjoy the variety of salads, soups and burgers at Ett Glass.
United Bakeries, inspired by French baking recipes, is a cosy little bakery, located in the city centre of Oslo. On the menu you will find croissants, baguettes and, of course, delicious buns. Apart from the pastries and cakes, you will also have an excellent choice of salads and caffeinated drinks.
Stockfleths is a well-regarded cafe chain in Oslo, known for its high quality and impeccable service. The modern coffee shop is a favourite spot for many locals; they have seven location across the city. Browse the menu and find numerous coffee drinks, tea, as well as sandwiches and sweet temptations.
Centrally located in Oslo, Cafe Sara is a cafe and restaurant all at once. Here you will find good selection of main courses, including Mexican dishes, grilled meats, pizza, salads as well as yummy desserts. Enjoy the barbecue in the backyard during summer days and the cosy indoor ambience during winter.
Café Laundromat impresses with its extraordinary concept: not only can you have a cup of coffee or a meal, but you can even do your laundry at the same time. They serve a variety of meals like burgers, salads and pizzas. Grab a book from their big collection and have a meal while waiting for you laundry.
At Javelin Coffee & Tea you can dive into a variety of drinks and delicious homemade cakes or sandwiches. The cafe offers you a variety of hot coffee drinks including a great selection of tea, and if you are craving something sweet, why not have a brownie? Definitely a place to meet with friends or have a business meeting.
Justisen gets its charm partly from the culturally protected building from the 19th century in which it is housed. It is a great place to sit down with good friends and have a couple beers. During the weekends it might be difficult to hear each other though, as it gets quite crowded.
Blå is mostly known for its great outside terrace. They host many memorable concerts that vary from hip hop to electronic house, r&b and jazz. The concerts are usually held early in the evenings and as time progresses, it turns into a vibrant nightclub with national and international DJs.
For all Champagne lovers out there, the Champagneria is most probably a great find. They offer many different types of sparkly drinks, and it is a good place to start an evening out. Pick a glass of wine from the extensive wine list that offers both affordable and exclusive drinks, with or without bubbles, just relax and have fun. If the hunger kicks in, they serve tapas too.
Dattera Til Hagen is mostly known because for its cosy outdoor seating in the backyard. During both day and evening the bar is a great place to go for tapas, salad, hamburgers or a strong cup of coffee. They also host regular events like concerts, improv theatre and stand-ups. On the weekends there are DJs on both floors, so put some comfortable shoes on and dance the night away.
55 tons of clean ice from the Torne river make this bar the coolest you have ever seen. The temperature in Magic Ice Bar is negative 5 degrees year-round, which allows you to experience the beautiful Arctic Scandinavia in the middle of Oslo. The drinks are served in glasses made of ice and you can borrow warm clothes, gloves and boots.
Bar Boca is a good place to meet with friends before the real party gets going. The bar offers its clients a wide range of innovative cocktails mixed with care. The retro interior gives the bar a feeling of comfort making it an excellent place for a romantic date in a quiet and informal ambience.
The Sunday Market at Blå is open every Sunday from noon to 5 pm. This is a nice place to stroll around and discover a wide array of designers and craftspeople both indoors and outdoors. The market also hosts some second hand vendors offering clothing and shoes at bargain prices.
Aker Brygge is beautifully situated by the Oslo fjord and offers plenty of entertainment in addition to the 65 shops in the shopping centre along the busy street. You will find a great mix of stores like H&M, The Body Shop, Tiger of Sweden, Accessorize, Gant and Oasis. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes in the area.
Located in Karl Johans street in the heart of Oslo, Arkaden holds many special stores catering to the young, a few examples of these are: Body Map, Gossip, Belle Shoes and Neo Tokyo. 25 shops including cafes are spread across two floors, so put some comfortable shoes on and do some great shopping.
This is Norway’s reply to Camden Market in London. This multi-cultural market has a range of everything from washing machines to jewellery and clothing. Every Saturday, irrespective of the weather, this place is crowded with salespeople and buyers. Here you can find whatever you are looking for.
This is one of Oslo's, and Norway's, most famous shopping centres, which lays claim to being the most visited mall in the country. Across its 3,100 square metres, you will find more than 90 shops, selling everything from clothes to shoes, music, cosmetics, accessories, interior decor pieces and much more. Stores like H&M, Bianco, Jack & Jones, The Body Shop and Victoria's Secret are all located here. When you need a break, head over to the fifth floor, and grab something to eat or drink to refuel your energy.
The Steen & Strøm Magasin has seven floors filled with well-known Norwegian, Scandinavian and international brands, providing fashion for women, men and children. Go to Michael Kors for the latest trends or Filippa K for some Swedish fashion, the choices here are endless. When feeling hungry, just head over to the food court (on the basement floor) and grab something to eat and drink.
A few miles outside of Oslo you will find Bærums Verk, a charming area full of restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and outdoor areas. The Bærums Verk dates all the way back to 1610. Many of the shops are artist shops covering hand-made products: everything from quilts, pottery, and jewellery to glass and furniture. It's a perfect place to head to when seeking that specific souvenir, or just for a relaxing stroll.
The Norway Shop is perfect for tourists and can be found right next to the City Hall. A great place to find typical Norwegian souvenirs such as knitwear, gifts and other typical products that represent the country. The knitwear, fur and pewter are all made in Norway to guarantee high quality.
Norway can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Oslo’s main airport Gardermoen is situated 50 kilometres north of the Norwegian capital. The airport coaches and high-speed trains depart regularly for central Oslo. The train takes about 20 minutes and there are two trains to choose from: the Airport Express Train (Flytoget - www.flytoget.no/flytoget_eng) and NSB – Norwegian State Railways (www.nsb.no/en/frontpage). There are also several buss to take from the airport, and one of them is Airport Express Coach (SAS Flybussen) that runs every 20 minutes every day between the airport and city centre. (www.flybussen.no) Taxis are represented at the airport, just head over to the taxi information desk in the arrival hall where you will get information about the fixed rates of the different taxi companies. They can also help you book a taxi, otherwise the taxi rank is just outside the arrival hall. Car rental companies at the airport: Avis +47 67 25 55 10 Europcar +47 64 81 05 60 Oslo Taxi +47 02323
Sandefjord Airport Torp is located in Sandefjord, approximately 120 kilometres south-west of Oslo city centre. Torp-Ekspressen coaches will take you to Oslo's bus terminal from the airport. (torpekspressen.no) NSB has a train service to Oslo that runs from the train station by the name of Torp, located between Stokke and Sandefjord. There is a connected shuttle bus service between the airport and the train station that takes approx. 4 minutes. Taxis and car rental companies are also represented at the airport. Avis + 47 33 46 95 50 Europcar + 47 33 46 42 00 Vestfold Taxisentral + 47 33 42 02 00 Tønsberg Taxi + 47 33 30 11 11
The best time to visit Oslo is in the late spring and during the summer, as the temperatures rise and you can enjoy the numerous outdoor activities; it can still get chilly, however, so make sure to bring a jacket. Spring and summer are some of the most popular seasons to travel to Oslo, especially May to July. During this period, you will experience nearly 24 hours of daylight. For those who are interested in winter sports, November to April are good periods to visit. In the north of the city, there are great skiing opportunities but be aware the temperatures are around freezing and the daylight hours are short.
Oslo has convenient public transportation, and there are multiple options for travelling around Oslo, including busses, trams, subways, ferries, and local trains. The public transport system is operated by Ruter, and they are all part of the same ticketing and pricing system. Tickets can be purchased from Ruter's Customer Service Centre (in front of Oslo Central Station), from ticket machines at metro stations or in most Narvesen and 7Eleven stores. Single tickets can be bought on the busses and ferries, but be aware it gets more expensive than tickets bought in advance. There is also the Ruter's mobile ticket app where you can buy single, 24-hour, 7-day and 30-day tickets before boarding. Otherwise, it is easy to get around Oslo by walking and biking due to the short distances.
You can easily catch a taxi from one of Oslo’s many taxi stands or call ahead to book. Do not try to hail cabs on the street, fares are more expensive from taxi stands than if you book one by telephone. Oslo Taxi +47 02323 www.oslotaxi.no Norgestaxi +47 080 00 www.norgestaxi.no Taxi2 +47 02202 www.taxi2.no