Things to Do in Oslo during Your 24-hour Visit

Will you be in Oslo for only 24 hours and you are confused about what to do and what to skip for a later date? Well, Oslo is a hotbed of attractions, and realistically, 24 hours is not enough for you to get to experience everything. However, you can still make good use of your short stay by visiting the most impactful attractions. If 24 hours is all you’ve got, then here are some of the things you should have in your itinerary.

Things to do in Oslo this Weekend

Start the day with a tour of the Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

The Akershus Fortress is one of the places you should visit in Oslo, irrespective of the time you have. On this historical grounds, you will be treated to stunning views of the harbor and if you happen to visit in the summer, you will be amazed at the clarity of the sunsets and the sunrises.

Tour the harbor

Tour the harbor

Once you leave the historical gardens of Akershus Fortress, your next destination should be the harbor. You will pass through the City Hall and right into the magnificently designed harbor. The design and the sheer size of the harbor are its greatest attractions and you will be amazed at the shiny tiles, and the intricate patterns and décor on the walls, floors and ceiling.

The Opera House

The Opera House

The Opera House is another attraction you must not miss if all you’ve got is 24 hours in Oslo. From this house, you will be treated to magnificent views over the Oslofjord when you walk on the roof of the building and inside the foyer. It is free to visit the Opera House and be sure to set aside at least thirty minutes if you want to get the most out of your tour.

Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump

Ski Museum

The Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump are some of the top attractions in Oslo and it is also worth visiting, irrespective of the time you have to spend. It takes about one hour fifteen minutes with the metro. Upon arriving at the ski museum, you will be treated to amazing 360 degrees views of the region, and if you consider yourself an adrenalin junkie, then you can go for the ski jump. For this tour, you will need to have at least one hour if you want to get the most of your visit.

Visit Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park

The Vigeland Park holds the record for being the largest sculpture park in the world ever made by a single artist. Additionally, Vigeland Park also happens to be one of the most visited attractions in Oslo, and as such, it is an appealing place to visit if all you had was 24 hours. In this park, you will see more than 200 hundred sculptures made of wrought iron, bronze, and granite.

Visit the Viking Ship Museum

Viking Ship Museum

Your visit to Oslo will never be complete without a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. In this museum, you will come face to face with the world’s two best-preserved wooden ships the Vikings constructed in the 9th century. Additionally, you will also find wooden boats, small sledges, and other items from the error of the Vikings. To enjoy this tour, ensure you have at least two hours to spare.

An evening at the harbor promenade

harbor promenade

After a day full of exploration, it is great to spend your last hours in Oslo at the harbor promenade as you wait to leave the city. There are lots of restaurants and bars, and you can take the time to enjoy a great meal, followed by a nice cold beer while you enjoy the views overlooking the harbor.