Your Guide to the Best Views in Oslo

View of Oslo from Ekeberg Park
View of Oslo from Ekeberg Park | © Ekebergparken

Getting a great viewpoint in Oslo is not that hard. The city is so flat, compact and built to naturally lead you towards the Oslo fjord, that all you have to do is just climb on any high spot and look around. We found you the best high spots in Oslo to do exactly that.

1. Ekeberg Park


The iconic statue:viewpoint at Ekeberg park, Courtesy of Ekebergparken
Courtesy of Ekebergparken
Situated on the east side of Oslo, Ekeberg park combines vibrant nature and unique sculptures with a breathtaking view of the city and the fjord. You can wander around the wooden paths among the trees, or visit one of the many exhibitions and events that are taking place here. Just don’t forget to take a moment and look at the city stretching below.

2. Thief Spa

Boutique Hotel

Thief Roof, Courtesy of The Thief
Courtesy of The Thief

Thief Hotel is probably one of the most distinctive hotels in Oslo, with a spa that offers unique treatments from all over the world. But even if you’re not interested in any of these things, you can still take the elevator to the ninth floor and reach Thief Roof, their private terrace that’s overlooking Tjuvholmen and the hills of Holmenkollen. Why not order a chilled cocktail and toast to the Midnight Sun?

3. Holmenkollen Jump Tower, Oslo

Ski Resort

3. Holmenkollen Jump Tower, Oslo
Courtesy of Holmenkollen
Holmenkollen has been around since 1892, but the latest iteration of the Holmenkollen Jump Tower was built in 2011. There is a 361 meters (1,184 feet) long zip line, which can take you on a 107-meter (350-foot) drop. But even if you don’t feel very adventurous, the place is still perfect for you to see Oslo from a bird’s eye view.

4. Tjuvitten


Tjuvitten among the buildings in Tjuvholmen, © Sigurd Fandango, Courtesy of Tjuvholmen
© Sigurd Fandango, Courtesy of Tjuvholmen

Also called “The Sneak Peak” in English, Tjuvitten is a 54 meter-high lookout tower in Tjuvholmen, next to the Astrup Fearnley Museum. Their glass elevator (open to the public in the summer) is designed to make you enjoy both the journey and the destination from the top as you can see Oslo’s beautiful scenery.

5. BAR Vulkan

Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary

The terrace at BAR Vulkan, Courtesy of BAR Vulkan
© BAR Vulkan

BAR Vulkan, on the edge of the Akerselva River, offers an industrial-chic atmosphere and sophisticated dishes paired with cool cocktails. But that’s not all it offers. The bar is also known for its beautiful rooftop terrace as you can see some of Oslo’s hippest neighborhoods from the bar.

6. Akershus Fortress

Archaeological site

The Akershus fortress
© eimoberg / Flickr
Akershus Festning is the oldest building in the Norwegian capital. Built in 1290, the majestic looking fortress offers numerous viewpoints of the fjord and the city other than the museums, memorials etc.

7. First Hotel Grims Grenka


The Q Lounge at Grimms Grenka, Courtesy of Grimms Grenka Q Lounge
Courtesy of Grimms Grenka Q Lounge
First Hotel Grims Grenka in Kvadraturen lies very close to the Akershus Fortress and combines beautiful aesthetics with a sophisticated lighting design that follows the seasons. It also has one of the most popular terraces in the city, Q Lounge. Located on the 6th floor, here you can lounge in one of the sofas and enjoy a sophisticated cocktail while admiring Oslo from above.

8. The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Opera House

Den Norske Opera & Ballett | Courtesy of Snøhetta
Courtesy of Snøhetta
Certainly, the iconic Oslo building that rises from the fjord-like a glacier, is something to behold. Its outer grounds are open and accessible to the public day and night so on a long summer night, you can walk all the way up to its roof and get a panoramic view of the fjord and the city.

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