Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. During the Viking Age the area was part of *Viken. Oslo was founded as a city at the end of the Viking Age in the year 1040 under the name Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada.
Most tourist attractions are concentrated in the city centre (Sentrum, map).
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*Frogner Park (map) is a large park located a few minutes’ walk away from the city centre. This is the biggest and best-known park in Norway, with a large collection of sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (Vigeland Museum, map).
Bygdøy (map) is a large green area, commonly called the Museum Peninsula of Oslo (Oscarshall, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Viking Ship Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum).
Folkemuseet (map) is dedicated to Folk art, Folk Dress, Sami culture and the viking culture. The outdoor museum contains 155 authentic old buildings from all parts of Norway, including a Stave Church.
The Munch Museum (map) contains The Scream and other works by *Edvard Munch.
+ Oslo Pass | The Oslo Pass gives you free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions, free travel on all public transport.
Explore the archipelago of the Inner Oslofjord. Islands with many beaches, hiking trails and sites of cultural heritage are just waiting to be discovered. In the summer there are ferries from the dock by the city hall to islands such as Hovedøya (map), Langøyene (map), Bleikøya (map), and Gressholmen (map). If you have a fishing rod, bring it along, as well as the picnic basket, sunglasses and possibly swimwear! (Freshwater fishing licence for Oslo)
Torggata (map) is a good area for budget dining (from Hausmanns gate south to Youngstorget). You will find cheap Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese restaurants and even cheaper kebab-joints and pizzerias, as well as other offerings.
Camping are available at year round >> topcamp.no.
The Youth information (Unginfo) runs an independent information desk in Møllergata aimed at budget travellers. This service is free and they also provide free internet access. There is an online guide to Oslo for budget travellers on their web site.
Oslo offers ski slopes for alpine skiing and ski trails for cross-country skiing in the winter. In the summer, the temperature in Oslo may make it comfortable to swim. While it is an expensive city for overseas visitors, many of the best things are free of charge, notably Oslo’s proximity to wild nature and variety of outdoor activities. It is surrounded by green hills and mountains and includes 40 islands and 343 lakes.