The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Bjørvika, Oslo

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With the redevelopment of the Oslo bay area, Bjørvika has become a revitalized part of Oslo where design and architecture have been allowed to flourish. The opera building has become a natural focal point in the area with the debated Barcode buildings looming in the background. With new portions of the seaside promenade, trendy restaurants and city beaches opening up every year, this part of Oslo is one to watch in the years to come.

1. The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Opera House

Den Norske Opera & Ballett | Courtesy of Snøhetta
Courtesy of Snøhetta
A spectacular display of contemporary Nordic design, created by renowned Norwegian architects, Snøhetta, is the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. A striking giant in white marble, the building itself is worth a visit, but also for the view of the fjord from the rooftop, the two high-end restaurants, the sleek interiors of oak and the world class performances. Take a walk down to the water and enjoy this iconic Oslo building, as it rises from the fjord like a glacier.

Oslo Waterfront Promenade

As a part of the urban renewal project, Fjord City, Oslo’s waterfront is seeing a lot of new developments and exciting additions. One of these features is an extensive promenade stretching all the way from the very east, through the city center and Bjørvika, and through to Frognerkilen in the west. With new areas opening up every year, the idea is a continuous walkway along the entire bay-area. With mmw architects at the head of design and spectacular views of Oslo and the innermost areas of the fjord, a walk along the promenade is bound to be a unique experience.


2. The Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Gallery, Museum, Building

A short walk away from the Bjørvika shoreline lies the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art, displaying permanent and revolving exhibitions of art from ca. 1945 until today. With more than 5,000 works from Norwegian and international artists, the museum covers a broad register and exhibits works in many different mediums, including paintings, sculptures, film, and photography. Spanning two floors, this section of the National Museum is an exciting arena for contemporary artworks with guided tours and free entry on Sundays.

3. Norwegian Armed Forces Museum


Nuts and Bolts
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If you move from Bjørvika’s bay area and in the direction of Akershus Fortress, you will encounter the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, where Norwegian military history is documented and displayed. The museum recounts military efforts from the very first defenses in the Viking ages, until a lively occupation during the Second World War, and modern-day international war efforts. Through unique objects and artifacts, a long military tradition is displayed in what is one of the world’s most peaceful nations.

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