Oslo Tourism

Visit Oslo - Best of Oslo

The capital and the most populous city in the country of Norway, Oslo is said to be a place where art had its reincarnation, in a much finer and classy way. The resplendent museums and art galleries in the city stand as a proof of its richness. In addition to it, like cherry on the top of a cake, the city is covered in a blanket of lakes, forests and other works of nature making it the next best place to be on your vacation planner.

Founded by King Herald III in 1048 as a trading place, the city of Oslo took about 250 more years to become the capital of Norway. However, it had lost its importance during the Danish – Norwegian union from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries. In 1624, the city was moved a little up west after a fire razed the city to the ground. That was when the city was renamed as Christiana until it was named back as Oslo officially on 1st January 1925.

The city began to focus on tourism during the 1800s itself, when several buildings were constructed, mostly as sightseeing places. In addition to that, the city also takes pride in its medieval churches, cathedrals, historical pastures, farm houses and elegantly-cropped gardens which attracts thousands of tourists.

Today, Oslo is one of the biggest global cities in Europe, with better prospects for tourism as well as living as a citizen in the place. When you plan to visit Oslo, your itinerary planners would be filled with a lot of places to see and activities to do including visits to the museums, trekking, cycling, hiking, skiing and boating.

Further, Oslo is renowned for top class shopping districts, exquisite restaurants, cafés and clubs, and also rich night life varying from indie rock to opera. For a memorable holiday in one of the most expensive cosmopolitans in the world, add Oslo to your trip planners for your next vacation; you won’t be disappointed.

Oslo Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Oslo tips for your visit

  • If you plan your trip around winter or autumn, bring along weather gear that suits to your cold and wet needs, like an umbrella, a jacket and a pair of leather boots.
  • Try and bring some basic medical supplies in case of emergencies.
  • If you want to camp or trek in the city, bring along a rucksack instead of a normal bag.
  • Pack your camera and related equipment, as there are quite a few film shops in Oslo.
More about Oslo

Facts and Stats for Oslo*

  • Pollution Statistics in Oslo

    Know the pollution level of Oslo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 28.8 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 7.89 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 28.95 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 29.49 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 6.58 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.62 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.69 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.11 (Very Low)
  • Oslo: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Oslo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Oslo.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.91 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.52 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 36.08 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.25 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 44.65 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 64.79 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 67.02 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 49.7 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.34 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 38.21 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 49.53 (Moderate)
  • Living in Oslo - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Oslo is 141.68 (High)

    • Safety Index 54.2 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 59.99 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 24.49 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.41 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 111.77 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 72.97 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.82 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 86.49 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Oslo

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Oslo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15.2 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 46.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 115.82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 110.78 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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