Best Things To Do in Oslo in Winter

Oslo is a great winter destination

When travelling to Oslo during the winter season, you might wonder if there are many activities and must-see attractions in the city and if there are enough wonderful things to do in Oslo in winter.

Oslo is a great winter destination with many activities and must-see attractions in the city at a walking distance. If unsure, take a look at the list of attractions in Oslo we put together below or book one of our lovely and professional local guides to show you around to the best of Oslo.

A great way to explore the main attractions of Oslo city center is to take a private Oslo walking tour.

The main attractions of Oslo city center

Oslo Opera House

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Located on the waterfront in the city center with marvelous views of the Oslo fjord, the Oslo Opera House is one of the best places in town to watch the sunset all year round, but even more so during summer. The Opera House with its tilted roof was built for walking on, which is of course one of the things you should do when visiting, even in winter. You will have some of the best views of the Oslo fjord, where you can see the small islands with their colorful timber houses to the one side and the city center to the other.

More information about visiting the Oslo Opera House and about the various performances can be found on their website Oslo Opera House

Royal Palace

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Located at the top of Karl Johan Gate, the Royal Palace, with its pale yellow stuccoed bricks is surrounded by one of Oslo’s largest parks. It was built mid 19th century and is currently the official residence of the Norwegian monarchs, King Harald V and Queen Sonja. And as with most palaces, you can watch the changing of the guards every day at 1.30 PM.

Karl Johan Gate

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Karl Johan Gate is the main shopping street in central Oslo dotted with points of interests, Oslo’s answer to Champs Elysées. The pedestrian street connects the Royal Palace with the Central Station. On the way there are buildings like the National Theater and some university buildings as well as shops, bars and restaurants.

When visiting Oslo in December, you will find the main Oslo Christmas market (Jul I Vinterland or Christmas in Winterland) right next to Karl Johan Gate. The market is really beautiful and worth a visit. Apart from the typical wooden stalls selling food, drinks and handicrafts, one can also enjoy a large Ferris wheel and ice skating rink. So visiting the Christmas market is one of the nice things to do in Oslo in December.

Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Festning)

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Built in the 13th century, the Akersjus Festning is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Oslo. The fortress has also been used as a military base and a prison and is now a lovely place to take a stroll and enjoy panoramic views of the Oslo fjord and the city. The best place to view the fortress is from Aker Brygge.

It’s close to the city center and entrance is free of charge to walk around in the premises. In summer it is possible to take a guided tour.

Aker Brygge Wharf

Aker Brygge is a trendy and vibrant area along the inner harbor by the waterfront. This former shipyard is a popular meeting place during summer time. It is much less crowded during winter, but along the boardwalk there is a wide selection of good restaurants, bars and shops which can still be enjoyed. At the end of the boardwalk there is a small beach which is accessible to the public, called Tjuvholmen City Beach. Just before the beach you can find the Astrup Fearnley museum of Modern Art.

Nobel Peace Center

The Nobel Peace Center is located right at the beginning of Aker Brygge, by the ferry terminal. The museum of the Nobel Peace Prize tells the story of Alfred Nobel as well as the Peace Prize laureates. The museum holds various permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Take a stroll through Vigeland Park

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One of the things you do not want to miss out on while in Oslo is visiting the famous Vigeland Park. It is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, which in this case is Gustav Vigeland. In fact, the sculptures are a permanent exhibition within the Frogner Park, which is the largest park in Oslo and is one of the more popular places to visit in Oslo.

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The dramatic sculptures in the park create a surreal view in the white snowy landscape of the park.

Frogner and Vigeland Park are located just outside the city center. You can walk the 4 km from the Central Station to the park. Or you can take the tram or the bus.

If you would like to have a guided tour in Vigeland Sculpture Park we suggest our Oslo Private Panoramic City Tour.


Oslo is worth visiting any time of the year, book your Oslo private sightseeing tour here: Oslo Tours.

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