8 Reasons to Visit Oslo in the Winter

If you’re planning a winter getaway, Oslo should be at the top of your list. There are lots of reasons why Norwegian people rate as some of the happiest people in the world, year after year! It could have to do with the amazing museums, ski slopes, the booming economy and delicious food that the country has to offer. Read on to discover some of the highlights of Norway’s capital city, Oslo.


1. Vigeland Sculpture Park

The iconic Vigeland Sculpture Park is one of Norway’s most famous tourist attractions. Open year-round, this unique sculpture park is artist Gustav Vigeland’s lifework and contains over 600 iconic sculptures of metal and stone. With the addition of sparkling snow and ice, we think that Vigeland is especially beautiful in the winter months.

2. Frognerseteren Toboggan Run

This is Oslo’s most popular toboggan run! It starts at Frognerseteren and finishes off at the Midtstuen metro station. The toboggan run is free to enjoy if you bring your own sled. Otherwise, sled rentals are available.

At the top of Frognerseteren, you’ll find Kafé Seterstua. To experience the best of traditional Norwegian cuisine, this place can’t be beat. Enjoy warm and cold dishes such as tall sandwiches, meatballs in brown sauce, cured meats and sour cream porridge. The in-house pastry chef has many delicious specialties–the famous apple cake isn’t to be missed!

3. Oslo Winter Park

This is the largest ski resort in the Oslo area, with 18 slopes and 11 lifts, it’s only 30 minutes from the city center. Oslo Winter Park includes a terrain park in the Hyttli area, cruising slopes in Tryvann, challenging slopes with an express lift in Wyller, and slopes for children and beginners.

4. Spikersuppa Free Ice Skating Rink

This free ice skating rink is for all to enjoy in downtown Oslo, next to the National Theatre and Parliament buildings. Spikersuppa is open every day in winter, and if you bring your own ice skates it’s a free event. You can also rent a pair from the counter next to the ice rink. This rink is for figure skating, not hockey: no pucks or stick are allowed. 

5. The Viking Ships Museum

One of the greatest museums that Oslo has to offer is the Viking Ships Museum. It really makes history come alive! The Viking Ships Museum is home to three historic Viking vessels, some of the largest pre-Christian artifacts that have survived in Scandinavia. View the impressively decorated Oseberg Ship, the Gokstad Ship, and the Tune Ship – you won’t be disappointed. 

6. National Museum

Oslo’s National Museum includes the National Gallery and the National Museum of Architecture, as well as specialized collections of contemporary art and design. Oslo’s National Gallery is home to Norway’s biggest art collection. It features works from the 1800s through the present, including J. C. Dahl and Edvard Munch. Come to visit The Scream, Munch’s most notable work. Renovations to the museum will be completed by 2020. In the meantime, you’ll want to check and see what works are on display before you visit, as some of them may be in transit.

7. Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum

At the bottom of the iconic Holmenkollen Ski Jump sits Oslo’s Ski Museum, open since 1923. This is the oldest ski museum in the world. Fans of the sport can explore artifacts that span almost 4,000 years of ski history! You can also study various winter topics, including the history of polar exploration. The museum includes a “Hall of Fame” to honor outstanding Norwegian skiers.

8. Aker Brygge

A shopping center like no other! Constructed around the historic ruins of a shipyard, Oslo’s Aker Brygge area is the heart and soul of the city. This shopping district is busy day and night, with breathtaking architecture set against a stunning seascape.

Millions of people visit Aker Brygge every year to walk the seafront boardwalk, shop at fine retailers, eat at great restaurants, and enjoy cozy year-round patios. During your visit, make sure to explore newly opened Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art with works by such greats as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

Get an All-Access Pass and see the Best Oslo Has to Offer

If you have a little time to spend in Oslo, consider getting the Visit Oslo Pass. It’s a great way to see many attractions without going over budget. The pass is valid for admission to 36 different attractions and covers public transportation as well! 

With so much to see and do, there’s no reason not to make Oslo your winter destination of choice.

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