7 Tourist classics
Oslo on a budget? See some of the typical tourist attractions in Oslo without spending a single coin.
Photo: USE-IT Oslo // Ada Moe Fause
Since we focus on young travellers visiting Oslo with a backpacker budget, we made this list over the more typical touristy things to see in Oslo without (or just a small) entry fee.
THE VIGELAND PARK
Address: Majorstua, main entrance at Kirkeveien
(Every day) The Vigeland Park is the largest sculpture park made by a single artist; Gustav Vigeland. Contains more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural design of the park that stretches over 320 acres. Vigeland plant was largely completed between 1939 and 1949.
Free entry and open every day, all day. Read more here.
WALK ON THE ROOF OF THE OPERA
Address: Kirsten Flagstads plass 1
(Every day) Our famous Opera house, freshly built in 2008. Designed by Norway’s own Snøhetta architects, with great-, white marble from Italy. You know you can walk on the roof, right? Do that, it’s free! And take a look inside the foyer as well (or just the toilets, I promise, it’s very beautiful).
Tickets for a show can be expensive, but if you’re prepared to stand through the show, you can get tickets to main stage performances for only 100 NOK. Read more here.
Address: Karl Johans gate 22
(Mon-Fri) Our Parliament Building is called Stortinget. Here you can spot politicians and other prominent figures, as well as catch a demonstration or two at the square in front. The entrance is called Løvebakken (Lion hill), because of the two lions guarding it. They were made by a life-sentenced murderer and his co-convict in the 1860s. His work paid off, as he was pardoned due to his services.
Open for free guided tours in English at 10:00 and 13:00 between 27 June and 12 August. No reservation needed. Read more here.
Address: Tøyen, Sars’ gate / Monrads gate
(Every day) Botanical Garden was created in 1814 and encircling venerable Tøyen Hovedgård in Oslo. The sessions in Botanical Garden includes 45,000 plants of approximately 5,500 different species from various parts of the world and used in teaching, dissemination and research. The Garden is open every day 07:00-21:00.
Free entry in the garden. Zoological and geological exhibits is 50/25 NOK and is open Tues-Sun 11:00-16:00. Read more here.
OSLO CITY HALL
Address: Rådhusplassen 1
(Every day) A city hall is rarely more than a city hall. Oslo City Hall is beautiful, on the inside at least. Walk across the marbled floor and look at the huge art collections. Outside you will encounter a big chunk of the Oslo skater community.
In the summer, visitors can get free tours (10:00, 12:00, 14:00) every day from June to August. No reservation needed. Read more here.
Address: Universitetsgata 13
(Tue to Sun) If you’re visiting only one museum while in Oslo, we recommend the National Gallery. They have a large modern art collection, is home to the Scream painting by Edvard Munch and provides a beautiful insight to Norwegian national romanticism. Admission fee is 100, 50 for students.
Free entry every Thursdays. The ticket also include the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum – Architecture, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. Read more here.
FORTRESS BY THE FJORD
(Every day) The closest we get to an old castle in Oslo is 700 year old Akershus Festning by the Oslo Fjord. It was once used to protect the city from attacks from the seaside, and has also been used as a prison. Today it’s the foremost government representative venue and houses the Royal mausoleum.
Admission to the Visitor centre is free. Guided tours are 50 NOK. Read more here.