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How Long Do You Need in Oslo to Really Experience It?

How Long Do You Need in Oslo to Really Experience It?

Aug 18th, 2009, 09:39 AM
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How Long Do You Need in Oslo to Really Experience It?

Hi everyone,
I might be heading to Oslo in a few weeks for five nights/four days. Would this be enough time to really experience the city? I'll be visiting someone who lives there, so that will be helpful and cut out time spent getting lost, etc.

Let me know your thoughts! And any can't miss things to do there. Thank you!
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Aug 18th, 2009, 01:04 PM
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Be sure to visit the Kon Tiki museum & the fjord country. Bring lots of money!
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Aug 18th, 2009, 01:17 PM
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In Oslo, there are some really good museums:
- The Museum of Folk Art.
- The Kon Tiki Museum.
- The Sonia Henie Museum of Art.
- The Bygdöi Museums of Fishing and traditional life.
- The Akershus fortress.
- The State Gallery.
- The Ibsen Museum.
- The Munch Museum.

After so much culture, stroll through the gentrified harbour area and enjoy the contemporary architecture and go up the Holmenkollen for gorgeous views.

In the outskirts, there are a lot of wooden churches and more historical museums.
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Aug 18th, 2009, 01:19 PM
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Driving to Fjord country would be too far (it is 8 hours to Bergen), but a cruise through Oslo Fjord is very rewarding (IF the weather is fine).
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Aug 18th, 2009, 01:59 PM
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About 1.5 days in Oslo was more than enough for me. But the fjords and Bergen area FANTASTIC.
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Aug 18th, 2009, 07:26 PM
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I enjoyed being a tourist in Oslo because it seemed small scale and easy to maneuver. So that also means to me it takes fewer days to really experience the city if you mean seeing the distinctive attractions plus hanging out in a few locals' spots.

Personally, I like to see the museums that are special/different or world class, usually only 2 or 3 per city (with a few exceptions like Paris). So, certainly the viking ship museum fits in that category for me. Small, but interesting.

Then I like to see the historical sites in the city, preferably with a walking tour, else through the help of a good guide book ;-). In Oslo, this includes the fortress, but again this is relatively small and takes little time to experience.

Add in a few cultural sites and natural sites. For us this included the City Hall and going somewhere on a ferry.

Then some neighborhoods to see the local housing, local restaurants, shops, etc. Your friend should be helpful there, but we chose from neighborhood descriptions combined with tram routes.

With a city the size of Oslo you won't "see it all" in four days if you mean both the tourist and locals' city, but you will see twice what most tourists see in their 1-2 days alotted to Oslo for the tourist highlights.
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Aug 19th, 2009, 08:00 AM
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Don't miss going to Frogner Park to see the Vigeland scupltures. Our time there was the highlight of Oslo for us.
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Aug 19th, 2009, 06:20 PM
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If you will be in Oslo in early October, don't miss the parade for the opening of the Storting (Parliament). Your friend can tell you the exact date - I haven' t been able to find it online - but usually it is around the first weekday of October.
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Aug 20th, 2009, 04:38 AM
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we loved oslo and had two nights there but wouldve loved more
try to fit in the war resistance museum - on bygdoy island
that is a really great little museum
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Aug 23rd, 2009, 05:29 PM
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We spend 2 nights in Oslo in June, and I would have liked another day or two. We particularly liked 2 sites mentioned above: Frogner Park and the Viking Ship Museum. The Maritime Museum was also worthwhile.

The New York Times had a "36 hours in . . ." column about Oslo today, reachable at

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Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:47 PM
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Thanks for all of your feedback everyone! I think these are the top things I'm going to try to make sure I hit:

Vigelands Park
The Kon Tiki Museum
The Viking Ship Museum
Opera House
Munch Museum
Aker Brygge
Boat/ferry down the Oslo Fjord
National Gallery to see the Scream

And then additional time to just see what life is like from a local's perspective, and what my friend's day to day is like.

Anything else I can't miss? I'll be there in two weeks and could not be more excited!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:21 PM
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City Hall is a good tourist sight to visit too, the Noble Peace Prize is handed out here each year.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:18 PM
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Make sure you go upstairs in City Hall, taking the grand staircase and walking all around the second floor.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:00 PM
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The beginning of this album is Oslo:

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Since you won't have time to venture out into the countryside, visit the outdoor folk museum on Bygdoy...walking distance from the Kon Tiki...
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Go to the recently renovated Olympen restaurant (from 1892), a place with a proud history, special atmosphere and traditional Norwegian food to reasonable (by Norwegian standards) prices.
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Sep 22nd, 2009, 01:34 PM
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Definately visit the Ibsen museum - the tour of his flat is very interesting.

I also enjoyed the peacefulness of visiting the cemetery, where both Ibsen and Munch are buried. It was only about a 10 mintue walk from the National Gallery.
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