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Free things to do in Oslo

Attend a weekly free concert

Every Sunday nights, theFrank Znort Quartet play free concerts at popular riverside bar Blå near trendy Grünerløkka. The ‘quartet’ (normally, they are much more than four members), play a mix of music genres that are guaranteed to be a riot of colour and energy. Go to www.blaaoslo.no for more information.

Watch the changing of the guards at the Norwegian Royal Palace

The changing of the guard takes place at the Royal Palace every day at 1.30pm. There is also a changing of the guard ceremony every day at the Akershus Fortress at the same time.

Changing of the Guard near Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway.

Climb the Oslo Ski Jump

New Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo Norway

Admire Oslo Opera House

Oslo’s most famous arcitectual landmark. A must see for every visitor! Made out of Italian white marble by the famous Norwegian architecture house Snøhetta, it’s supposed to resemble a glacier on the waters of the Oslofjord. In the summer you can picnic on the opera roof.

Oslo Opera House in Norway


The Vigelandsparken is probably Oslo’s most famous park – and for good reason. Part of the Frognerparken complex, Vigelandsparken (the Vigeland Sculpture Park) is the world’s biggest sculpture park, and is definitely worth a visit. It located close to the city centre, and with it’s more than 200 sculptures and 2 cafes it’s a fun day out for big and small alike. And even better, the surrounding park Frognerparken even has a big playground and a lot of space for a picnic on a sunny day.

Bonus; Vigelandsparken is also home to Norway’s largest collection of roses in summer.

Gustav Vigeland Sculpture park in Oslo, Norway.

Oslo Botanical gardens

The botanical garden is located at Tøyen and is a huge garden with impressive botanical variety and diversity with approximately 1800 different plants.
​​​​​​​Large, woven sculptures by the British artist Tom Hare are found around in the park. There are also two green houses; The Palm House from 1868 and The Victoria House from 1876 present exotic plants from other parts of the world. The greenhouses are open daily 10 am–8 pm between 15 March and 30 September, and 10 am–4 pm the rest of the year. Everything is totally free!

Oslo Botanical Gardens

Visit the Akershus Castle

This 13th-century fortress lies smack in the middle of the city, and is a great way to experience the citys fascinating history. To visit the castle grounds are absolutely free, but if you have cash to spare, there are also several museums and a nice restaurant. The views of the Oslo Fjord from here are unbeatable on a clear summer day.

Akershus Castle

Damstredet and Telthusbakken

Get a taste of historical Oslo by visiting some of the last remaining tree houses in the city centre. Damstredet and the nearby Telthusbakken are home to charming cobblestone roads and colorful 18th century wooden homes.

Damstredet in Oslo