With a wealth of world-class museums and galleries, a fantastic foodie scene and stunning scenery both inside and outside the city, there’s plenty that puts Oslo on the map for European weekenders. And while Oslo is renowned for being one of the world’s most expensive cities, whether it’s by making use of the money-saving Oslo Pass, or simply soaking up the Scandi vibe on foot, there are lots of ways to avoid breaking the bank.
As evidenced by the proliferation of public sculptures lining the streets, harbors and green spaces of Oslo (there are 212 in Frogner Park alone), Norway’s capital is an art-lovers paradise. And as home to the world’s principal Munch Museum, as well as significant works by Cézanne, Gaugin, Manet, and even more by Edvard Munch housed at the National Gallery, there’s plenty to whet the artistic appetite. Those looking for a contemporary fix should also head to the water-side Astrup Fearnley Museum (which boasts one of the most prominent global collections in the region), and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, which contains some 5,000 works. Art lovers would be wise to invest in the Oslo Pass which offers access to over 30 museums and all forms of public transport. All information for the above galleries can be found here.
Prior to being founded over 1,000 years ago, Oslo was home to a large Viking settlement. The no-frills Viking Ship Museum houses three vessels discovered within burial mounds, and while there’s lots of information on offer, there’s also still a great deal of ongoing research around the findings, making a visit to the museum all the more intriguing. The Historical Museum adds more to the story of Oslo’s rich history, from antiquity and beyond. Meanwhile, World War II buffs will relish a trip to the Norwegian Resistance Museum which details the efforts many Norwegians went to in fighting the occupying German Nazis between 1940 and 1945.