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Top Attractions In Oslo For Free

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!

Free Attractions in Oslo

Top Rated Oslo Attractions

Free

Vigeland Sculpture Park

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 Viking Ship Museum and Historical Museum Admission Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • This is an historical tour of the museum, where 1000 year old Viking ships are put on display.
  • By visiting this place you can see three of the world's best preserved ships
  • You can get a chance to view the burial ships that...
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Free

Karl Johans Gate

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...

Oslo Bike Rental

clock Duration: Flexible
  • Take this tour on a rented bike to explore the city of Oslo
  • Determine your own destination and travel accordingly
  • Enjoy the beautiful experience at your own pace and interact with the locals
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Free

Royal Palace & Park

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...

Oslo Nature walks: Forest to Fjord

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • Explore the largest urban forest and enjoy nature at its best in this walking tour.
  • Relish the spectacular view of Oslo from a height of approximately of 500 meters.
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Free

Aker Brygge

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...

River Bike Tour in Oslo

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A unique bike tour along the Akerselva River where travellers can discover fascinating landscapes, incredible city views and the gorgeous hills surrounding the Oslo city
  • Enjoy the views from the top from one of the most famous opera...
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Free

Oslo City Hall

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...

City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • A flexible hop on hop off bus tour for sightseeing in the gorgeous city of Oslo
  • Get a chance to enjoy some of Oslo's major attractions.
  • Explore the different places of interest in the enchanting city.
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Free

Damstredet og Telthusbakken

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...

Oslo Nature Walks: Island hopping

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • An energetic tour where travellers can survey 4 islands
  • Explore Oslo's amazing coastal scenery while on this tour
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Free

Akershus Fortress

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...

Oslo Small Group Walking Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • An enthusiastic walking tour where travellers can explore the city's significant landmarks at their own pace
  • Rediscover this fascinating cosmopolitan city that holds the perfect juxtaposition of urban life and nature.
  • Learn...
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Free

Oslo Opera House Rooftop

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...

Oslo City Highlights Walking Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Great introduction to the city as it includes City Hall, Grand Hotel , University and the Parliament
  • Perfect even for travellers who are in Oslo for a short while.
  • Get to hear fascinating stories and to visit the National...
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Free

Spikersuppa Rink

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...

Oslo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

clock Duration: 1 day
  • Shore excursion tour that allows travellers to explore the sunniest capital in Scandinavia
  • Takes place on an open-top double-decker bus and consists of a total of 18 stops
  • You can hop-on and hop-off from any of the 17...
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Free

lsquo;She Lies’ sculpture

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...

Oslo Christmas Food Walking Tour

clock Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • An exuberant walking tour that allows tourists to experience how the Norwegians celebrate Christmas.
  • Travellers can visit the winter market and meet their guide next to the Tiger sculpture at the Oslo Central Train Station
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