Most people travel during summer months and also in December to experience the Christmas magic in wintertime. I have to say that September and October are actually the best time to travel! For a fall lover like me, I think that there something special about the colourful autumn foliage in the trees. Read my post about why you should travel to Oslo, the capital city of Norway, this fall.
When you think of Norway you must imagine all the amazing nature sites that this country has to offer. Norwegians are very lucky to have many beautiful mountains and fjords. Oslo might not be the first destination on your Norway adventure bucket list, but it’s a must visit especially during autumn. I visited Oslo for the first time in October 2015 for a long weekend and had a great time.
This Nordic city looks magical on sunny autumn days despite of the cold, but that was an easy fix with some warm clothes and hot drinks! The best part about travelling off season, especially during autumn, is that you almost feel like you have entire Oslo for yourself to explore. All the summer tourist crowds are gone! It doesn’t hurt either that hotel rates and flight tickets are a little cheaper, so you can save some money. As you might already know, Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
My top 5 tips on what to see in Oslo for the first timers
1. Vigeland Sculpture Park
This park was definitely my favourite destination in Oslo. It’s also known as Frogner Park which you can explore for free. This place has over 200 naked human sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland from all sorts of materials like bronze, granite and even iron. The poses of the statues are quite fun and they describe everyday life. Vigeland Park is a must visit and a great place to enjoy the colours of autumn.
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2. Norwegian National Opera House
This must be the coolest architectural building in Oslo. It’s almost as great as the Sydney Opera House in Australia! You can interact with the building by climbing on top of the roof and enjoy the views. This attraction doesn’t cost anything unless you want to see some opera or other cultural shows. I would recommend to exploring this building inside and enjoy a glass of wine with harbor views.
3. Akershus Fortress
Akerhus Fortress was built in the 1300s and is situated right next to Oslo’s harbor. If you want to visit inside this medieval castle you have to pay 100 NOK, but it’s free to explore the outside grounds. I really love this place during autumn sunset and you can see the Oslo City Hall from here.
4. Bygdoy Museum Island
This unique island is full of interesting museums. The most known museum in this area must be the Viking Ship Museum, but I went for Fram Polar Ship Museum. It’s a massive museum full of information about the struggles of people who risk their lives by travelling to the Arctic and Antarctica. Admission to Fram museum is 100 NOK and it’s totally worth every penny. It’s a good place to visit during fall, especially if it’s a bad weather. You can easily spend a day or two by exploring museums. To reach this Museum Island, take a bus number 30 from the city center.
For more information of all the museums in this area read here.
5. Royal Palace
You cannot visit Oslo without seeing the Royal Palace! It’s situated at the end of Karl Johans Gate, just 20 minutes’ walk from the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Although this Royal Palace is closed for the public during autumn, it’s an impressive palace from the 18th century and surrounded by a beautiful park. You can see the changing of the guards every day year-round at 1.30 PM.