Outdoor Activities in Oslo

Outdoor activities in Oslo are a mix of adventure sports and some laid-back vibes amidst scenic beauty. Oslo comes with an ideal terrain and atmosphere to spend active holidays and make plenty of unforgettable memories. So, explore the wilderness of Oslo and spend some time in the lap of nature with these exciting outdoor activities Oslo has to offer. From the most adventurous experiences to the most popular ones, the following list combines it all to make sure you do not miss these unique experiences while planning a trip to Oslo.

From sunrise to sunset, let's discover the best spots for outdoor activities in Oslo:

  1. Norwegian Museum Of Cultural History

    Museum, History Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    This wonderfully engaging museum is the largest cultural museum in Norway. The exhibits cover Norwegian lifestyles from the 15th century onwards, through about 160,000 artefacts - folk dress, textiles, folk art, weapons, toys, musical instruments and work tools. There are also collections of professional and amateur photography (significantly the works of Anders Beer Wilse). But it’s the...Read more
  2. The Kon-tiki Museum

    4.5 (2808 Votes)
    The Kon-tiki Museum

    Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    Kon-Tiki is a raft that in 1947 carried Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl from South America to the Polynesian Islands. Heyerdahl undertook the journey to suggest an extraordinary idea – that South American peoples of pre-Columbian times could possibly have colonised Polynesia. The raft is housed in this museum, which also houses vessels that Heyerdahl used in his subsequent t...Read more
  3. Bygdoy Peninsula

    View Point

    Some places look like they jumped out of fairy tales – this is one of those places. Once an island, the post-glacial rebound made Bygdoy a peninsula. There are so many things to see, you may end up spending a great chunk of your Oslo trip here. Though mainly a residential area popular for it’s beaches, Bygdoy also rich in museums. Five main museums stand out: Kon-Tiki Museum, exhib...Read more
  4. Norwegian Museum Of Technology

    Museum, Science Museum, Observatory, Educational Site

    Through 25 permanent exhibits, the museum explores Norway’s technological journey from its agrarian roots to today’s industrialised cities. The exhibits showcase energy, oil, industry, medicine, and transportation for the most part. Occasionally special exhibitions are held in which these or related areas are analysed in depth. The exhibits are usually interactive, making this an ex...Read more
  5. Nordmarka

    4.1 (226 Votes)

    Outdoors, Forest, Camp, Hiking Trail

    The North Forest is popular for hiking, biking and skiing. Wintersports are especially popular December – February, when there are about 450 km worth of red-marked ski trails to enjoy. In the summer, you can swim in the lakes, which you get to by following the blue marked tracks. The whole area is fantastically beautiful, and you keep thinking there’s something magic and mysterious ...Read more
  6. Mathallen Food Hall

    Outdoors, Food And Drinks, Flea Market, Market

    Food lovers will find their every appetite catered to in this cozy little food hall. About 40 or so local producers break out the best in their kitchen, serving everything from tapas to sushi to beer. Fish, meat, vegetables, baked goods, and coffee aren’t off the menu either. There is a lot of street food. Most things are cheap. The place is clean, and nearly almost packed full. The atmos...Read more
  7. Sognsvann Lake

    4.7 (575 Votes)
    Sognsvann Lake

    Outdoors, Trail, Waterfront, Camp

    A popular and pretty natural retreat for the people of Oslo, the Lake isn’t very large. Only 3.3km around, you could easily cover it in an hour if you jogged. In the summer, it’s a favourite place to come camping, swimming and picnicking. The trail is stable enough for wheelchair access. In a few places, piers jut out into the water. The water is surrounded by lovely greenery on all...Read more
  8. Botanical Gardens

    Outdoors, Botanical Garden, Observatory, Nature

    This university botanical garden of about 7500 species of plants is awesome! It’s consists of the following: The Viking Garden – An exhibit on how the Vikings used plants, animals and rocks. The Willow Sculptures – Beautiful and intriguingly elegant constructs. The Greenhouses - Contains the Evolution Room, Mediterranean Room and Desert Room. Systematic Garden – Plants ...Read more
  9. Colosseum

    4.5 (471 Votes)

    Outdoors, Theatre, Cinema

    This is the largest cinema in Northern Europe and the largest THX cinema anywhere. Distinct for its beautiful and spherical dome, the cinema delights during over the top epic movies, when the massive screens totally delivers. The seats are nice and the staff is great!
  10. Ekebergparken Sculpture Park

    Garden, Park, Nature

    On a hill southeast of Oslo, this wooded park of 63 acres contains 31 works by many international artists, and there are plans to install about 80 more sculptures. It’s also famous of its fantastic view of the city of Ekeberg. Other highlights of the park are: An old underground water reservoir. The Villa Gardens The Couple – This fantastic sculpture seems to hover in the air betwe...Read more
  11. Norwegian Maritime Museum

    4.4 (368 Votes)
    Norwegian Maritime Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Observatory

    Norwegian maritime history is very thoroughly explored in this fascinating museum. The collection was kicked off in the 1914 Jubilee Exhibition in Kristiania (Oslo). A hundred years later, the museum exhibits artefacts, arts, instruments, tools, and documents primarily as a measure to preserve and study and educate. You’ll also find Norway’s oldest boat, the Stokkebaten. A film on N...Read more
  12. Natural History Museum

    4.4 (230 Votes)
    Natural History Museum

    Museum, Outdoors, Garden, Botanical Garden

    Norway’s oldest and largest natural history began with the establishment of the Botanical Garden in 1814. Though the garden and the greenhouses are free, it’s best to combine it with the Zoological and Geological sections too. Their highlights are: Zoological Section: Norwegian Hall – Shows natural habitats in the order of their increasing heights. Zoographic Hall – Dio...Read more
  13. Munch Museum

    4.1 (1607 Votes)
    Munch Museum

    Art Museum, Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    Edward Munch was a pioneering expressionist painter. Before his death, he bequeathed a large collection of works Oslo – this museum was born to house that collection. The museum is a near complete catalogue of all his works. It has nearly half of all the original paintings he ever did, and at least one copy of all the other prints. This translates into: 1200 paintings 18000 prints six sc...Read more
  14. Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram

    Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    The story of the Norwegian polar ship Fram is famous! It holds the record for being the ship that sailed both furthest north and furthest south. This museum tells its story and the story of the men who led the expeditions - Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen. You can step into the original interiors of the ship itself. You’ll also be able to step into a simulator that will...Read more
  15. Oslo Cathedral

    4.4 (791 Votes)
    Oslo Cathedral

    Church, Religious Site, Outdoors, Historical Site

    Oslo’s third cathedral was built in 1697 after the first two burned down in fires. Both the Norwegian Royal Family and the Government use it for public events now. The architecture is Baroque. The highlights of the church are: The large ceiling murals painted by Hugo Lous Mohr in the 20th century. Stained glass windows by Emanuel Vigeland. Pulpit and altar piece. Organ front with acanthu...Read more