Norway’s capital city is renowned for its stunning parks and numerous museums.
Depending on the time of year you visit Oslo, you’ll either get to experience some of the city’s most fabulous winter activities such as ice skating and frolicking in the snow, or running around the many parks in the summer.
There’s plenty of things to do in Oslo that you can enjoy all year round and we’ve compiled a list of some of the very best!
Below, you can find our list of the 10 best free attractions in Oslo, as well as the top 10 paid attractions too!
Located inside Frogner Park, just on the outskirts of the city centre, Vigeland Sculpture Park is without a doubt one of the best and most popular free attractions in Oslo.
Vigeland Sculpture Park is a park and museum that showcases the incredible works of art of famous artist, Gustav Vigeland.
You can easily spend hours wandering around the park and admiring all the weird and wonderful sculptures.
It appears that...
The main street of the city is known as Karl Johans Gate and it’s a great place in Oslo to spend an hour or two.
Stretching for several kilometres, Karl Johans Gate is home to an abundance of shopping centres, restaurants, bars and cafes.
It’s named in honour of King Charles III John and is renowned as one of the most vibrant and lively areas of the city.
You could easily spend hours wandering around the many...
The Royal Palace and Park grounds in Oslo are another great free attraction to enjoy while in the city.
You can get guided tours of the inside of the Palace during the summer months, but the grounds and park are open all year round and they make the perfect place to visit with children in tow.
You’ll always find many locals enjoying their lunch break in the Royal Palace Park, as well as people getting their daily exercise...
The neighbourhood of Aker Brygge in Oslo is arguably even more lively and interesting than Karl Johans Gate.
Teeming with plenty of shops, museums and restaurants, Aker Brygge is a lush place in the city to hang out for a couple of hours.
During the summer, you’ll find a popular boat bar that serves plenty of refreshing beverages and delicious cuisines from all over the world.
If you don’t want to spend any...
Oslo City Hall or Rådhuset as it’s also known as, houses the city council as well as other important organisations within Oslo city.
The building is free to enter so you don’t have to worry about any extortionate entrance fees to see inside one of the most prestigious buildings in Oslo, which is definitely a contributing factor that makes it so worthwhile to visit!
While it might not look that intriguing from...
While this particular free attraction in Oslo might not be to everyone’s taste, if you have a penchant for beautiful buildings and colourful architecture, then a visit to Damstredet og Telthusbakken will suit you perfectly.
Damstredet og Telthusbakken is a popular street in Oslo that features three cobblestone avenues consisting of beautifully coloured houses.
If you’re looking for a place in Oslo for great Instagram...
Dating all the way back to 1299, Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle that was originally built to protect the royals and provide a royal residence.
Akershus Castle and the fortress’ grounds are completely free so they’re definitely well worth a visit while in Oslo.
Kids will enjoy seeing the archaic weapons and canons that punctuate the grounds of Akershus, and fans of history and architecture are sure to...
It can be argued that walking on most buildings’ rooftops without permission can lead to serious consequences and could even prove to be potentially dangerous.
However, at the Oslo Opera House, walking on its rooftop is actually encouraged and it’s also incidentally one of the best free attractions in Oslo.
From the rooftop of the Opera House, you can see all the harbour, as well as panoramic views of Oslo...
Another great free attraction in Oslo that’s ideal for winter fun for the whole family is the Spikersuppa rink, residing just off Karl Johans Gate.
Spikersuppa rink is a free ice-skating rink in Oslo that’s open to the public whenever the weather is cold enough for it to freeze.
The ice-skating rink is completely free if you have your own ice skates, however, you will have to rent a pair if you don’t have your...
Designed and created by Monica Bonvicini, the She Lies sculpture is another popular and free attraction to see in Oslo.
Visible from the harbourfront, or from atop the Oslo Opera House rooftop, the sculpture is made from glass panels and stainless steel and is supposedly made to look like it’s floating from a distance.
While the She Lies sculpture won’t take up a huge chunk of your travel itinerary in Oslo as...
The Viking Ship Museum and Historical Museum Admission Ticket
Oslo Combo Tour: Grand City Tour and Oslo Fjord Cruise
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise
Taste of Oslo Walking Tour
Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights
Oslo Nature Walks: Island hopping
There are many things you can do for free in Oslo like booking free entry into some Oslo museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.