A Day Out in Oslo

A word on the Oslo Pass: if you intend to visit three or more attractions, then you should seriously consider buying a 24hr Oslo Pass – this is an expensive city, and this will give you free entry to all the places that we mention in our itineraries, plus free travel on buses, tube and the Bydog ferry. In 2010 the pass is 230 NOK for adults and 100 Nok for seniors of 67+ and children 4-15. They are widely available.

1st Suggestion: Oslo – Culture & History

The Bygdoy Adventure! (4 – 6 hrs)

The Fram Museum (1 hr)

The Maritime museum (45 mins)

If you’re short of time and feel that 3 museums in a row is a bit much – drop this one rather than the other two.

Kon Tiki museum (45 mins)

Across the road is Kon Tiki – you don’t need to queue if you have the pass.

Catch the no 30 bus from outside Kon Tiki and take a 10 minute ride to the Viking Museum.

Viking Museum (30 mins)

From here, walk down hill for a few minutes to the Folk Museum.

Folk Museum (1 – 2hrs)

When you’ve had enough, go outside, cross the road and catch the no 30 bus which will take you to the National Theatre (15 mins). You can then walk back to the harbour from here (5 minutes)

Suggestion 2: Low Cost

Oslo – History & Art (3 – 5 and a half hrs)

This itinerary is low cost and will give you a real flavour of Oslo – you get a bus or tram, a park, history and some great cake!

Tram no 12 from Radhusbrygge, close to where the boat to Bygdoy goes from. You’ll be getting off at Frognerplass – there is an LED display inside the bus telling you which stop is next, and it’s written on the bus/tram stop too. (30 mins max)

Vigeland Museum (45 mins) (adults 50 NOK, Ch & Seniors 25 NOK 2010 prices)

If you don’t know about Gustav Vigeland, go to the museum first – it’s a bit tricky to find – from Frogner Plass head along Halvdan Svartes Gate. You’ll pass the City museum on your right, the Vigeland Museet is on the left. In here, concentrate on the bits about how the sculptures were made. Have a look at the actual sculptures – but don’t linger as you’re going to see them properly very soon.

City Museum (45 mins)

At Savvy, we love City Museums! They’re free and usually a bit quirky –  this one is in a great looking building and goes round in a circle. As you go in through the front door, there are ladies to help you on one side of the door – they’ll point you I the right direction.

Vigeland Park (1hr)

This is amazing! It’s actually inside Frogner Park and is where Vigeland has 212 sculptures on display. From the City museum, you’ll walk through the kids playground and then reach the most fantastic boulevard approach into the park. Norwegians will be skating past you on all sorts of things with wheels – but you’ll be gazing at the fabulous sculptures. There are the various representations of the stages of life and museums – we loved the tantrum toddler!

Coffee (30mins)

You’ll be all cultured out, so you’ll need cake before heading back! Come out of the park and turn left, walk up to the very busy metro station, cross the road and you’ll find some great looking cafes. Order your cake and coffee (we know what coffee is like on the ship!!) Water is provided & there are loos.

Extension 1 (1 hour)

Holmenkellen Ski Jump & views

Take the metro from Majorstuen station up to Holmenkollen – the ski jump tower. 20 minute metro ride up the very steep hills – it’s all overground and you get to look in lots of back gardens!

Very clear where to get off and how to get to the ski jump – but it is a VERY steep walk to first the bar and restaurant and then to the jump itself. You could just stop at the restaurant and enjoy the view over the Oslo Fjord.

If you go on up to the jump and museum – there is an entrance charge – adults 90 NOK & ch/seniors 45 NOK

Extension 2 (1 and a half hours)

Munch Museum (75 NOK in 2010)

Take the metro from Majorstuen to Toyen, the Munch Museet is sign posted when you emerge – it’s  short walk through a park area.This is one strictly for the Munch enthusiasts! Edvard Munch left all of his unsold work to the City of Oslo. This exhibition changes periodically.

It’s a lovely building, clean lines, the exhibition flows well – there are even seats! His most famous painting; The Scream, isn’t displayed here. There’s lots of security, not much signage in English – but there are sheets available for each room that you can use. The audio guide is detailed and very comprehensive. There are also guided tours.

Downstairs there is a café – well used by the families using the park surrounding the museum. There are lockers and loos – which are ok.

Return on the metro to the National Theatre station .