What to do with 3 Days in Oslo Norway

3 Days in Oslo Norway Oslo has a reputation for being one of the least budget friendly cities for tourists and locals alike – this holds a bit of truth, even by European standards, but it’s well worth it.

Ironically, Norway is the home of Norwegian Air, an extremely budget friendly airline that’s making transatlantic travel a lot cheaper. Not without a fight from domestic and mainstream international airlines, Norwegian is quickly expanding its presence throughout major US cities, and that’s good news for anyone looking for cheap fares to places like Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

A simple way to avoid emptying your pockets all in one place is to use Oslo as your gateway into Scandinavia. Spending 2 or 3 days in this charming up-and-coming world city is enough to get a fairly complete experience without breaking the bank.

So, with your cheap flight and 3 days to spare, let’s cook up an itinerary!

1. Stroll down Karl Johans gate, and check out the Royal Palace while you’re nearby!
Karl Johans gate is a shopping street in Oslo which houses many high-end and boutique shops.

2. Take a walk to the top of the Oslo Opera House where you’ll get a fantastic panoramic view of the city.

Oslo Opera House
Oslo Opera House [Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen]
Oslo is a stunning city with plenty of old architecture, but ultra-modern high rise buildings are starting to make a name for themselves, too.

3. Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park. It’s even better at night with all the glistening lights. Oh, and it’s free!

Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Sculpture Park

The park is home to over 200 sculptures – it is the largest sculpture park ever created by a single person.

5. Go to the Viking Ship Museum
History buffs will love the Viking Ship Museum, a popular attraction in Oslo.

6. Have a picnic at Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress is a well-preserved medieval castle that was built to protect the city from invaders.

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7. Take a boat tour around the Oslofjord at sunset

The city is flanked by the aptly-named Oslofjord

8. While you’re on the Bygdøy peninsula, you may as well check out Huk beach

Huk beach in 3 Days in Oslo Norway

9. Hang out in the trendy neighborhood of Grünerløkka and try some craft beer!

A popular microbrewery in the Grünerløkka neighborhood of Oslo. Craft beer is quickly catching on in the city.