What do you do when you have only 24 hours in a great city like Oslo? We couldn’t waste any time so we left home knowing everything we wanted to do and see!
First thing we decided was to stay at Scandic Byporten, which is in a mall and in the train station. It was also steps from the Oslo Visitors Center, where we got our Oslo passes that included public transportation and entrance to most attractions.
Our tour was divided into two because we had 2 half days – one afternoon and one morning.
Take a look at what we did on the first day!
We walked by Karl Johans Gate towards the Royal Palace. We passed by the Congress, the National Theater and the City Hall.
We continued to Vigeland Park, passing through a beautiful residential area.
When we got to Vigeland Park we were amazed by its size, which is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland, with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron.
After a long walk we took the tram to Grunerlokka, a neighborhood full of little cafés, restaurants and bars. But what we really wanted to do there was to visit Mathallen Food Hall, an indoor food market. But when we got there it was already closed. The website said it was open until late. I guess we have a different understanding of what late means 🙁
We went back to our hotel by bus, but first stopped by a supermarket to buy dinner.
The next morning we took a boat to Bygdøy, where important museums are located. We started by visiting the Fram Museum, where we saw the world’s most famous polar ship, the Fram.
Right in front of Fram you will find the Kon-Tiki Museum. We were not planning to visit it, but the bus stop that would take us to the next attraction was at the museum’s entrance, so we paid a quick visit (for free, because of our Oslo passes).
It was then time to catch the bus that would take us to the Viking Ship Museum, where we saw the world’s two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century.
Our next stop was the Akershus Fortress.
Because our time was limited, we walked a little and continued to our next destination: the Opera House.
The Opera House building is a must see in Oslo. I was very curious to see the modern design in person and it didn’t disappoint me. The architecture is really impressive!
We still had time to take a subway to visit the Munch Museum. Sorry, no pictures allowed inside the museum 🙁
We regret we didn’t stay longer in Oslo because the city is so nice to walk and there are many attractions to see! We’ll be back 🙂
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