What to Do on a Layover in Oslo

Nordbytjernet lake, Jessheim
Nordbytjernet lake, Jessheim | © Demie K. Aas

Everyone loves to hate layovers because they’re inconvenient, boring, and are keep travellers away from where they really want to be. Think about a layover as a mini adventure instead—especially if the layover is in a destination such as Oslo—where the convenient train and bus schedule will help tourists get to places fast.

If you have less than three hours

Given that it takes at least 20 minutes by bus to reach Jessheim (see below) and the same amount of time to get back, it may be best to stay at the Gardermoen. But fear not: the Oslo Airport was renovated this year and is definitely not lacking in entertainment options and things to do as its 32 shops and 38 restaurants and bars can attest to. Enjoy food ranging from sushi and burgers to modern Nordic cuisine, shop for anything from books and beauty products to high fashion and gifts—even play the piano. The airport also offers free WiFi everywhere. Time will just fly by.

Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen

If you have between 3-6 hours

Jessheim, Norway

Lake Nordbytjernet

Nordbytjernet Lake, Jessheim

If the weather is better suited to indoor adventures, Jessheim may still be worth a visit. There are many cool Norwegian and fellow-Scandinavian shops that deserve some attention inside Jessheim Storsenter, from Danish design brand Søstrene Grene to Swedish fashion maverick MQ and local, eco-conscious favorite Lindex. Head downstairs and have a cosy cup of joe at Kaffebrenneriet—there are a couple cafés with that name throughout the country, but there’s something about the ambiance in this one that will make patrons forget about the noisy shopping center above their heads. Order a Thor’s Hammer (a very large and very strong cup of coffee) and a slice of østekakke (creamy cheesecake).

But at some point, it will be time to leave. Those itching for some more shopping, head towards Fretex and find some affordably priced vintage clothes—and contribute to a good cause while shopping. Or buy some fresh, local produce (but also a big variety of more ‘exotic’ fruit and vegetables) from the grocery store right across the street from Fretex and if all that shopping has led to hunger, head to Don for one of the best burgers this side of New York. Just know that they don’t take cash, so make sure to bring along a credit or debit card. After that hearty meal, walk to Jessheim’s bus station and head back to the airport. Don’t forget any newly bought items.

Jessheim Storsenter, Storgata 6, Jessheim, Norway, +47 63 99 69 60

Fretex, Storgata 11, Jessheim, Norway, +47 67 49 04 30

Don, Myrvegen 88, Jessheim, Norway, +47 92 07 01 65

Jessheim Bus Station, Jessheim, Norway

Don burgers, Jessheim

If you have more than 6 hours

Explore Oslo. Check ruter.no beforehand, but usually there are several trains going to Oslo about every ten minutes or so. The train ticket is a bit more expensive (93 NOK; €9.89; $11.68), but it gets to Oslo’s city centre in about 26 minutes—just make sure to avoid the express train, as it’s double the amount of money and not really that much faster.

While in Oslo, head down to the waterfront and admire all the new buildings. Start with the Opera House, taking in the way its white marble and tilting design are making it look like an iceberg amid the Bjørvika area. Then walk to Aker Brygge and maybe visit a museum or two (the Nobel Peace Center is also there) before grabbing a bite to eat at the Fish Market. On the way back to the station, pass through the magical Christiania Square, sit for a coffee, and capture a couple of Instagram shots.

Oslo Opera House, Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1, Oslo, Norway

Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway

Pipervika, Rådhusbrygge 4, Oslo, Norway

Christiania Torv, Oslo, Norway

Oslo Opera House

Depending on how long the layover, try to squeeze in a visit to Grünerløkka, Oslo’s hippest neighborhood. Once there, enjoy the numerous vintage stores, quirky cafés, cool bars, and the city’s biggest food market, Mathallen. Just make sure to head back to the airport in time to make the connecting flight.

Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway

Mathallen Oslo, Vulkan 5, Oslo, Norway, +47 40 00 12 09

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