Spending 48 Hours in the City of Oslo, Norway
Oslo; the spectacular and breathtaking capital of Norway, is giving a tough competition to the likes of Copenhagen and Amsterdam as it emerges as the new hotspot for tourists from all over the world. With an intriguing and lesser-known history, magnificent architecture, unparalleled views, vibrant waterfronts and enticing restaurants, Oslo is definitely on the list of one of the best European cities to visit.
While the rest of Norway takes pride in their wilderness and mountainous terrain, Oslo-vians boast about their world-class cosmopolitan city that has a lot to offer to millions of tourists that flock the city each year.
Whether you are planning a 2-day trip or are stuck for 48 hours in Oslo, you can make the most of your time by following our guide! So, let’s dive right in and let us show you how to spend magical 48 hours in the gorgeous capital.
How to Spend 48 Hours in Oslo, Norway
Kick start your trip with a nice breakfast at Stockfleths, a popular Norwegian café that serves the best selection of sandwiches, pastries, tea and coffee. Espresso House, the largest Nordic coffee chain, is also a decent place for you to enjoy your morning grub.
The Viking Ship Museum
There is no place in the world like The Viking Ship Museum for someone who is fascinated by the history of the Vikings. The museum is home to three centuries old Viking ships including the most famous Oseberg and Gokstad. Every 15 minutes, the museum holds a special light show. The museum also has ancient Viking artifacts, wood cravings and skeletons on display.
The Norsk Folk Museum
Close to the Viking Ship Museum is the Norsk Folk Museum which is an open-air Norwegian museum that features an exhibit of 150 buildings. One of the fascinating buildings to visit is the 3-storey tall Stave Church. All the buildings represent homes in the Nordic country from the 16th century till today. The indoor exhibits focus on folk art and costumes, Nordic culture and religion.
Wander Vigeland Sculpture Park
At just a few miles from the Norsk Folk Museum, you will find the largest sculpture park in the world. Spread across 80 acres in the heart of Frogner Park, the Wander Vigeland Sculpture Park has 212 pieces created by Norwegian sculpture artist Gustav Vigeland between 1907 and 1942. Made of iron, bronze and granite, these sculptures display his life’s work. The park is a great place to relax and take some cool pictures!
Further down the street from the Museums, you will find a couple of cafes. Cafe Hjemme hos Svigers is a good option and has a variety of dishes on its menu. Choose from sandwiches, burgers, salads, pasta, soups and seafood and have a satisfying lunch before you continue to explore the rest of the city.
The one-of-a-kind Fram Museum pays tribute to Nordic polar explorers and voyages. Fram is a majestic polar ship that has travelled further north and south than any other ship in the world. It has been restored and kept on display at the museum. The museum captures polar expeditions made by explorers like Nansen and Amundsen in the form of paintings, paraphernalia and photographs.
Grünerløkka District is an area where the residents are majorly immigrants in Oslo. The District is famous for its cool street graffiti, trendy bars and cafes and vintage shops. Some people also call Grünerløkka the “Soho of Oslo.” You can spend hours walking down the streets in the District. The place is also ideal for some shopping with many local and designer brand outlets.
End the first day of your 48 hours in Oslo by a fulfilling Norwegian dinner. Head over to Lorry to try reindeer meat or their traditional dish called “fårikål” made from lamb or mutton, potatoes, cabbage and black pepper.
Start your last day by grabbing some yummy breakfast at Fuglen Espresso Bar, one of the best coffee shops in Oslo. The international coffee chain has a wide selection of freshly-brewed coffee, tea, pastries and other breakfast items.
Oslo Opera House
The Oslo Opera House is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. It was established in 2008 in the Oslo waterfront area. It has 1,100 rooms and a sloping granite and white marble roof. The building creates an illusion of an iceberg emerging from the water below. The rooftop of the Opera House is a popular spot, especially during summertime as people head over to bathe in the sun and enjoy picnics.
Oslo City Hall
The Oslo City Hall is the home of the city council and was inaugurated in 1950. Though the building isn’t so magnificent on the outside, the interior tells a completely different story. The corridors are packed with artistic murals including an enormous oil painting by artist Henrik Sørensen. You might be surprised to hear this, but on the 10th of December each year, the Nobel Peace Prize is handed out right inside the Oslo City Hall!
Stop for lunch at an ethnic Pakistani or Indian restaurant. Pakistanis make up the largest ethnic minority in Oslo, and their food is mouth-watering! Head over to Mehfel in the downtown area for some traditional chicken and lamb dishes full of spice and flavor.
The Oslo Cathedral dates back to the 17th century and is the principal church for the bishopric of Oslo. The church has a striking bronze spire, embellishments, stained-glass windows, intricate woodwork and a silver sculpture with a motif of the Last Supper. The intriguing ceiling of the Cathedral is lavishly painted and took 14 years to finish.
Aker Brygge and Dinner
Aker Brygge is the ultimate entertainment hub of Oslo. It is located on the harbor front and was first a shipyard that closed in 1982. Take a nice evening stroll along the promenade, ride a bike along the harbor front or chill with a drink near the quay. The panoramic water view is breathtaking, making Aker Brygge an ideal place to capture some pictures. The area has the largest selection of restaurants in Oslo where you can end your 48 hours in Oslo with a delicious meal. If you enjoy seafood, head over to Lofoten Fiskerestaurant that serves succulent dishes made from seabass, salmon, halibut and lobsters. Do try their green fish soup, a popular Norwegian specialty!
While it is absolutely possible to cover all the major attractions in two days, many people wish they had more than just 48 hours in Oslo. The vibrant European capital is undergoing rapid transformation as more and more tourists are making their way to enjoy Scandinavian-style food, clothes, nature and culture in the heart of Norway.