48 Hours in Oslo, Norway

You won't find any other city in Norway with a variety of activities that Oslo has.

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As Norway’s Capital, Oslo mixes natural beauty with a culture of cool. Here’s how to discover the city in 48 hours.

Day 1

Morning

Start your day by grabbing a fresh warm pastry at one of the city’s many cosy bakeries. Cinnamon rolls are a Nordic classic, and there is no better place to try one than in one of the region’s capitals. After breakfast, head to City Hall Pier 3. From here you can take a scenic 2-hour boat tour of Oslo’s fjords. The tour will pass several of the city’s most stunning attractions, including the impressive Norwegian National Opera & Ballet House (well worth a visit) and flaunt Oslo’s natural beauty. Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/pemmPXMSJt/?utmsource=igwebcopylink

Afternoon

Lunchtime calls for something traditional and Kafe Asylet is one of the best places in town for it. But, before you go, we recommend picking up The Oslo Pass. For around £14, it will give unlimited travel on public transport within zones 1 and 2 of the city. When you make it to the restaurant, be sure to order the meatballs. Served with potatoes, cranberry jam and mushy peas - this homely dish will fill your stomach and warm your heart. After lunch, head to the history-packed Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle that was built to protect and provide a royal residence for Oslo and is now open to the public for all to explore. Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfs-UGEFIJm/?utmsource=igwebcopylink

Evening

Oslo is gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s trendiest cities and the evening is when this truly comes to life. After dinner, make your way to the iconic Magic Ice Bar. Exactly what it says on the tin, this undeniably cool cocktail bar (excuse the pun) is carved almost entirely out of ice and requires all guests to wear a fur jacket to ensure that they stay at a healthy temperature while they chill out (that’s the last pun, promise). Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzLdIUVCjBp/?utmsource=igwebcopylink

Day 2

Morning

What is better than breakfast and also better than lunch? Brunch! Miss Sophie is one of the most popular brunch spots in the city and for good reason. With pancakes that will make your tastebuds flip (couldn’t resist), if you’re visiting on a weekend, be sure to book in advance as table’s fill up quickly. Once fed, head over to Norway’s largest Gallery, Galleri Fineart. Free and open every day, here you’ll find a colourful display 11,000 artworks from 1100 national and international artists. Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BugZVKpgBxJ/?utmsource=igwebcopylink

Afternoon

If a restaurant has been open for more than 100 years, it must be good. Kaffistova confirms this. Another chance to build up on your experience with Norweigan cuisine, this popular spot serves the type of food that most locals grew up eating at home, such as (more) meatballs, steamed salmon, potato dumplings and more. Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvUFG47AHlo/?utmsource=igwebcopylink

Evening

Norway is known for its many scenic cycling routes and in Oslo, there are hundreds of them to help you explore the capital. After lunch, hop on a rentable city bike, which can be picked up throughout the city and give yourself a private tour. If you get peckish, there a numerous cheap eats around the city. End your journey at Frogner Park which is home to a unique sculpture installation that is visited by thousands every year. The park is open 24 hours a day and, if you wait until sunset, you’ll be treated to a spectacular view. Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzIFk9nAiEA/?utmsource=igwebcopylink