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Olso, Norway: 3-Day Itinerary

Quite possibly one of the prettiest cities I've ever visited. If you're planning a trip to Norway, definitely plan to spend a few days in Oslo. While other cities, like Bergen, may boast more of a small-town feel with all the cute elements and colourful row buildings, Oslo will definitely give you a whole-feeling sense of the history of Norway from its earlier history through the World Wars and the modern-day events (think things the Nobel Peace Center). With museums, beautiful parks and fortresses, delicious restaurants, and fjord cruises, there's something for everyone.

Where to stay

We stayed at K7 Hostel, great location, close to the main sights and several bus and tram lines. Highly recommend, however, if booking a dorm room, double check that your booking includes a private bathroom. If not, you will be using the open floor bathrooms and shower rooms which are shared with all 6-8 dorm rooms on your floor. Otherwise, wonderful hostel option for a great price.

Helpful to know

We got the Oslo City Pass and used it all day every day. The pass is super easy to get, just download the app and input how many days you want the pass for, and then pay -- all within the app. The app is incredible; it give you so much information about the city, which landmarks and museums to visit depending on your location, has a detailed information section about each location and attraction included in the pass, and it includes transportation on all the city bus, trams, and trains for a price you can't beat. Highly highly recommend.


Day 1

  • Breakfast at the hostel or one of the cafés nearby

  • Akershus Fortress

  • Coffee break at Baker Hansen

  • National Museum

  • Dinner: Oslo Street Food (I still have dreams about the Indian Butter Chicken)

Day 2

  • Breakfast at WB Samson

  • Holmenkollen Ski Jump

  • Nobel Peace Center

  • Munch Museum

  • Dinner: Den Glade Gris

Day 3

  • Breakfast: The Cakery

  • Post office stop (postcards <3)

  • The Royal Palace for the changing of the guards

  • Fjord cruise

  • Dinner: Jarmann Gastropub

The second day of our three in this city was by far the busiest. If I were to go again, I'd make more time to really take in the entire Munch museum. Even if you're not an art museum junkie, you'll love this museum. They do a fantastic job of curating the rooms with plenty of variation and theming, plenty of seating, and even some sensory activities you can do yourself to fully experience and understand the layers of technique, emotion, and genius that went into Munch's work during a very difficult time to be alive.

More pics coming. Beautiful city, put it on your bucket list, and leave your own Oslo recs in the comments!

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