Akershus Fortress, © Can Stock / Nanisimova
Visit Oslo – Nobel Peace Prize
One of the highlights when you visit Oslo, is the Nobel Peace Center, which is on the waterfront next to City Hall. The Nobel Peace Center has exhibits about the Nobel Peace Prize and its recipients. The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place at Oslo City Hall annually on December 10th, followed by the Nobel Peace Prize banquet at the Grand Hotel. The other Nobel prizes are awarded that same day at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
Nobel Peace Center, © Can Stock / mareesw
Visit Oslo – Waterfront Walk
Take a self guided waterfront walk in the city center when you visit Oslo. The waterfront walk to the east of the Nobel Peace Center leads you immediately to the Roosevelt Monument, which honors the US President for his support to Norway in World War II. Then walk less than 10 minutes to Norway’s Resistance Museum and Akershus Fortress. Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle built around 1300 AD to protect the city of Oslo.
Oslo City Hall, © Can Stock / epixx
On the way back from Arkerhus Fortress, walk a few blocks inland from the waterfront to Christiania Square. In Christiania Square, see the Giant Pointing Finger Fountain, which is a sculpture marking the spot where King Christian IV decided to rebuild the city after the fire in 1624. To the west of the Nobel Peace Center along the waterfront is Aker Brygge, a great area to enjoy a beer and views of the harbor after your waterfront walk. You can also take an Oslo Fjord Cruise from the harbor.
Oslo Opera House, © Can Stock / openyourap
Visit Oslo – Karl Johans Gate
Just inland from the Oslo waterfront in the city center are a number of historic tourist attractions. Karl Johans Gate is a street that is popular to stroll along. Karl Johans Gate is home to the Oslo Cathedral, the Norwegian Parliament, the Grand Hotel Oslo, the National Theatre, the National Gallery and the Royal Palace.
Oslo Cathedral is the main church of the Norwegian Royal Family and the Church of Norway. Trinity Church nearby is also part of the Church of Norway. The Royal Palace is the home of the Royal Family. The palace includes the Royal Gardens and a daily changing of the guard, which is popular with tourists. The National Gallery has Norway’s largest collection of art, including the most well known of Edvard Munch’s four painting versions of The Scream.
Norwegian Parliament, © Can Stock / gary718
Bygdoy Museum District
Catch a ferry from Oslo harbor to the nearby Bygdøy Museum District. Visit the Norsk Folkemuseum, which covers the cultural history of Norway from 1500 to present. The Norsk Folkemuseum includes the Gol Stave Church and 150 other heritage buildings. The Viking Ship Museum houses three Viking burial vessels, which were recovered from the shores of Oslo Fjord in the 1800s. The Fram Museum houses the Polar Ship Fram and a tribute to the history of Norwegian exploration in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Polar Ship Fram was stuck in Arctic ice for 3 years. The Kon Tiki Museum has artifacts from Thor Heyerdahl’s reed boat trip from South America to Polynesia. Huk Beach is also located in Bygdoy.
Grand Hotel, © Can Stock / einbog
Visit Oslo – Hotels
- Wright Apartments – Sørenga
- Grand Hotel
- Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion