Oslo, the capital of Norway is considered one of the most expensive cities to visit. On one of my posts about Oslo, I share some tips on how it is possible to visit this beautiful city in a cheaper way. But, today, will be all about free things you can do in Oslo.
Norway is one of my favorite countries in Europe. Its never-ending beauty must be seen and experienced both during the cold and warmer months. The only tough part about travelling in Norway is how expensive it can be. Making your money last on any trip can be a challenge but Scandinavian countries are on another level. In any city, there are always ways of making your money go further. Below is an extensive list of fun and free things to do in Oslo.
Free things to do in Oslo, Norway
- Opera House
Our first stop in Oslo was the Opera House. This building is shaped like a glacier and during the summer, it’s a must to climb to its roof (which can be done for FREE) in order to enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the surrounding fjord.
- Enjoy changing of the guards at the Royal Palace
Royal Palace itself, is a must-see place while in Oslo. We loved strolling through the scenic Palace Park that surrounds this building, and on our way back we catched the changing of the guards, which happens every day at 1:30PM.
- Enjoy the parks of Oslo
Ekebergparken – This is a national heritage park that contains over 31 sculptures. Once there, go up on Ekeberg hill to see a great view of the city.
Botanical Garden – here you will see a wide range of botanical variety and diversity. The entrance is FREE so make the most of it! (Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00AM to 4:00PM).
Frogner Park (Forgnerparken) and the Vigeland installation – this park is one of the most recommended within tourists. It is the largest park in Oslo and also one of Norway’s most visited attractions. There are more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron all throughout this park and in the center, you’ll find the well-known Viegland installation.
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- Visit some churches
As in many big cities, there are many churches to be enjoyed in Oslo, but I advise you to enter Oslo Cathedral, the church that is used for weddings and funerals by the Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government. And Old Aker Church (Gamle Aker Kirke) – this is Oslo’s oldest remaining building and the only remaining church from the Middle Ages (said to be built around 1150).
- Explore the Stortinget
Stortinget, the home of the Norwegian government, and wander through the Parliament chamber on one of the two free guided tours that take place every Saturday. We went to see it only from outside, and enjoyed some time sitting in the area and staring at the building, a really great experience.
- Stroll down the pedestrianised Karl Johans Gate
Here you will find some free entertainment, from buskers, street actors, outdoor performers and human statues. Oslo’s main avenue and the most photographed street in Norway thanks to the massive celebrations that take place here every May 17th.
- Stroll and admire the pretty Norwegian Houses on Damstredet and Telthusbakken
Damstredet and Telthusbakken are two charming small roads lined with wonderfully colourful and well-preserved wooden houses which have been inhabited since the late 18th and early 19th century.
- Go for a visit to City Hall
City Hall has been decorated by great Norwegian artists from 1900-1950. Inside, everywhere you look you’ll see motifs from Norwegian history, culture, and working life.
Outside in Rådhusplassen (City Hall Square), you can also find beautiful fountains and sculptures. It is from here that you can appreciate the wonderful music played hourly on 49 carillon bell located inside the eastern tower of City hall. Also, we sat and enjoyed views of the Fjord of Oslo.
- Take a photo with “The Tiger”
When you arrive in Oslo, you’ll be greeted by it’s most famous and photographed “inhabitant”, “The Tiger”’. Located in front of Oslo Central Station is a 4.5-metre bronze tiger made by Elena Engelsen (a Norwegian sculptor specializing in exotic animals). ‘The Tiger’ was gifted to the city of Oslo when it celebrated its 1000-year anniversary in 2000.
I hope you enjoyed reading the post and you are ready to visit Oslo one day. Let me know more about your trip.