10 Best Day Trips from Oslo, Norway

‪Oslo is the culturally rich and diverse Norwegian capital that’s also surrounded by fjords and nearly unspoilt forest. There’s a lot to see here from its distinct architecture to historic structures and museums, and you do not even have to go far to commune with nature as it has lots of green spaces. However, Norway has got more to offer and a good number of them are easily accessed from Oslo and can be explored within several hours. Here’s some of those places that will surely get you out if Oslo, even for a day. ‬

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10 Best Day Trips from Oslo, Norway


1. Oslo Fjords

Oslo Fjords

No trip to Oslo is complete without exploring its fjords, and the best way to do it is on foot or on a cruise that takes you through the stunning bodies of water that surrounds a good part of the Norwegian capital. A cruise tour of the fjords allow you to see most of the attractions on a completely different perspective, stopping at certain destinations for you to fully enjoy them. Make sure you join a guided tour that’ll take you to Vigeland Park with its 200 bronze and granite statues, or the FRAM Museum to see the polar ship farm. Enjoy the relaxing cruise and take in the idyllic scenery as you get to know more of Norway’s capital in one of the best day tours from Oslo. 

Opening Hours

January–March: (Monday–Saturday) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
April: (Monday–Saturday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Easter: 15–22 April: (Every day) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
May–June: (Monday–Sunday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
July–August: (Monday–Saturday) 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Sunday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adults – 24 hours:    445 NOK (≈ 46 EUR)  48 hours: 655 NOK (≈ 67 EUR)  72 hours: 820 NOK (≈ 84 EUR)

Children- 24 hours:    235 NOK (≈ 24 EUR)  48 hours: 325 NOK (≈ 33 EUR)   72 hours: 410 NOK (≈ 42 EUR)

Seniors- 24 hours:    355 NOK (≈ 36 EUR)  48 hours: 520 NOK (≈ 53 EUR)  72 hours: 655 NOK (≈ 67 EUR)

Contact Information

Address: OSLOFJORDEN, OSLO, NORWAY

Email: POST@VISITOSLOFJORD.NET

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2. Oslo off the beaten path

When in Oslo and you want to try something apart from exploring its lovely cityscapes, try renting a bike and wander through side streets and alleys to discover some of the city’s hidden gems. Follow the bike path at the Akerselva River to enjoy nature right at the heart of the city. Sample Norwegian food at the Mathallen indoor food market, and make sure you buy some brown cheese. Cycle through interesting neighborhoods like the hippie Grünerløkka or the historic and culturally diverse Grønland. By late afternoon, you’d be craving for something different from your Oslo day tour so climb up the modern Opera and enjoy stunning views of the city you just explored on a bike for the past few hours, against the backdrop of the setting sun or early evening sky. 

Contact Information

Phone: +47.41266496

Address: NEDRE SLOTTSGATE 4, 0157 OSLO

Email: INFO@VIKINGBIKING.COM

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3. Pulpit Rock / Preikestolen

Pulpit Rock / Preikestolen

Only a few hours from the Norway capital is something for the more active, adventurous type. The spectacular Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen is a moderate hike that takes a couple of hours to complete the six-kilometer ascent to the cliff. On top, you are rewarded with a stunning view ever the Lysefjord and nearby areas. It’s quite an unforgettable experience as you’ll also be standing on the exact location of the dramatic opening sequence of the latest Mission: Impossible film. 

Opening Hours

Jun 22, 2019 – Aug 25, 2019
Daily1:00 PM–5:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: Fjord Norge AS Torggaten 3, 5014 Bergen, Norway

Email: nfo@fjordnorway.com

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4. Oslomarka

Spend a day at the hills, about 500 meters above the city and enjoy some relaxing time in Marka, Europe’s largest urban forest. While there, you also get to experience unparalleled views of Oslo and its fjords. You can navigate this urban paradise on foot, or you can rent a bike and cycle around. Marka has so many lakes that you can either just relax by the shore, or even swim. This Oslo day trip also takes you to Frognerseteren where you can admire 29yh century Norwegian buildings and monuments, as well as Vettakollen, a lookout point that has some of the best views over the city. 

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5. Bygdøy / Viking Ships Museum

Bygdøy / Viking Ships Museum

A part of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History, the fascinating Viking Ships Museum has the best-preserved Viking ships in the world. It is located in the Bygdøy peninsula just four miles west of Oslo, this museum also houses a variety of finds from Viking tombs in fjords of Oslo. One of the most interesting day trips from Oslo, a visit to this museum as well as to other attractions in the Bygdøy peninsula shouldn’t be missed. It is pretty accessible by car or public transport, and offers interesting places to visit. Apart from the Viking Ships, Bygdøy also has pristine beaches, forests perfect for hiking, lakes and parks. Even if Bygdøy is home to other attractions such as the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Norway and the organic farm Royal Manor, the place remains pretty much unspoiled, making it an ideal place for a quick break from the city hustle. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Under 18 years Free entrance 0.00
Adults Admission 100.00
Senior/Student Admission 80.00
Groups min. 10 pers. Per person 50.00

Contact Information

Phone:+47 22 85 66 66

Address: University of OsloP.O. Box 1072 Blindern 0316 Oslo

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6. Kristiansand

Kristiansand

As the biggest city in the south of Norway, Kristiansand gets a yearly influx of visitors. It is a popular family destination and holiday resort, making it one of the best day trips from Oslo.

This charming town prides itself on its beaches, as well as its vibrant cultural scene. It is also a known shopping destination and a family-friendly place with one of the best parks in the country and a zoo. Kristiansand also serves as a gateway to the villages in the southern coast of Norway and the inland region of Setesdalen.

Contact Information

Phone: 47 38 00 60 00

Address: Gravane 4 P. O. Box 114 Kristiansand 4662 Norway

Email: post@kristiansand-havn.no

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7. Drøbak Christmas Town

From Oslo, you can reach Drøbak via a 50-minute bus ride but if you want to fully experience the sights, most suggest to take the boat which takes an hour and a half. A boat ride costs less also, which makes it an even more worthwhile day trip from Oslo. On the boat, you get to tour the Oslofjord and enjoy the fantastic scenery. 

Drøbak locals take pride in their town!s beaches, fresh seafood and Christmas village, but the majority of tourists go here for the Oscarsborg. It was a fortress that held off German troops during the second world war and is open to the public for tours. You can wander through the grounds, visit the old castle and check out the museum. Make sure you visit the Drøbak Town Square, which is a good place to shop. It hosts a massive open-air market during summer and a Christmas market every December. Another must-visit is the Drøbak Aquarium, which is adjacent to the Tourist Information Center. This aquarium is open all year round and features marine life that’s native to the Drøbak Strait.

Opening Hours

All Year
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Jan 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2020
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +47 64935087

Address: 0158 Oslo, Norway

Email: tom.kristiansen@frogn.kommune.no

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8. Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Located in the northwestern part of Oslo is Norway’s most popular ski attraction: the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Situated in the stunning wooded hills, the structure provides visitors the chance to learn Norway’s ski history, encourages them to try the ski jump via a simulator and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo from the hills. You can stop by Holmenkollen if you’re going to or from Oslomarka as it’s on the way, but it’s recommended to spend more than just a couple of hours here because the place is packed with things to do and see. It’s a fun, interesting place and definitely one of the best Oslo days trips you’ll experience. 

Opening Hours

October – April  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

May and September 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

June, July and August 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

There will be shorter opening hours on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and 17.May.

Admission Fee

Adult 140 NOK

Child 70 NOK (6- 18 year)

Family 350 NOK (2 adults and 2 children)

Student/Senior: 120 NOK

Guide 1200 KR (needs to be pre-booked)

Contact Information

Phone: +47 91671947

Address: Kongeveien 5, Oslo

Email: post@skiforeningen.no

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9. Grünerløkka

Grünerløkka

Get acquainted with a different but fascinating side of Oslo and explore its Bohemian neighbored Grünerløkka. Originally an industrial hub teeming with factory workers, this area is now a cultural hotspot for trendy young locals. The streets are lined with a variety of boutiques, quirky cafes, restaurants that serve international cuisine and a vibrant bar scene. During weekends, shops close as the Grünerløkka park hosts an antique market that’s another must-see in Oslo. 

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10. Gressholmen, Lindøya and Hovedøya Islands

Gressholmen, Lindøya and Hovedøya Islands

A unique day tour from Oslo where you get to combine sn impromptu history lesson with a fun visit to the islands is through a visit to Gressholmen, Lindøya, and Hovedøya. Usually all part of a guided tour, this is a great way to know more about Oslo and the rest of Norway. Gressholmen is where you’ll find a nature park with lush forestry, dramatic cliffs, and pristine beaches. Lindoya, meanwhile, is a picturesque island village with traditional wooden houses and pretty gardens, with lush hills and quiet beaches where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. Lastly, the main island of Hovedoya is one that’s rich in ancient history. It has well-preserved ruins. rocky beaches and lookout points that offers magnificent views over the nearby Oslo as well as its surrounding islands.

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