Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Fantastic Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway

Fantastic Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway

The quantity and quality of free things to do in Oslo Norway impressed me during a quick visit after our recent Viking cruise. Yes, Oslo Norway is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Dining out is really expensive—$25 burgers are the norm.

Put on your walking shoes and explore this great European city. Take a couple of days to enjoy these free things to do in Oslo. Use the money you save to buy a nice meal.

Oslo Opera House

Climb up to the roof of the Oslo Opera House for remarkable views and fun people watching. Visit inside the Oslo Opera House to view the amazing interior design, watch a quick movie, and use the free restrooms. Visit Norway even says please walk on the roof.

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Oslo Opera House view

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

on the roof of the Oslo Opera House

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

roof of the Oslo Opera House

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

inside the Oslo Opera House

Vigeland Sculpture Garden at Frogner Park

Vigeland Sculpture Garden is the world’s largest sculpture garden containing works from only one artist. Gustav Vigeland created all of the over 200 sculptures in the park and he also designed and outlined the park.

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

monolith at Vigeland sculpture garden

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Vigeland sculpture garden in Frogner Park

University of Oslo – Munch Restoration

Edvard Munch, most known mostly for his painting The Scream, provided 11 paintings to the new University of Oslo Assembly Hall (Aula) in 1916. The Aula is the only place to view Munch works in their original context. The paintings are currently being refurbished but it is a magnificent venue. And free.

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The Sun by Edvard Munch at University of Oslo

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Munch artwork at University of Oslo

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Edvard Munch artwork at University of Oslo

Harbour Promenade Walk

The Oslo Harbour Promenade is a 9 kilometer waterside trail which meanders past the Nobel Peace Center, the harbour, by the fort, the Barcode district, and the Oslo Opera House.

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Oslo Norway Promenade walk (Sorenga beach)

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Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art along Oslo promenade

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress is a popular place to walk around during lunches. Portions of the fort extend back to the 13th century. Visit the Visitor Centre for great exhibits about prisoner history and clean restrooms (no charge!).

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Oslo Fort – Akershus Fortress

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Akershus Fortress – Oslo Fort entrance

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sign from 1633 at Oslo Fort – Akershus Fortress

Street Art

Have you figured out yet that Oslo loves art? In addition to the formal art at University of Oslo and Frogner Park, find creative and lively street art all over the city.

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creative street art in Oslo Norway

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

street art in Oslo Norway

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

colorful street art in Oslo Norway

Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

full wall street art in Oslo Norway

Public Art Around Oslo

Walk around Oslo and see hundreds of public art statues. One nickname for Oslo is “Tiger City” which certainly explains the famous tiger statue in the square outside the train station. Rub the nose, ears, and teeth for good luck.

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tiger statue outside Oslo train station

Along Karl Johans Gate, looking at the University of Oslo, is a statue of Gunnar Sønsteby (a Norwegian war hero) standing with his bicycle.

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Gunnar Sønsteby statue in Oslo

Tell me some of your favorite free places to visit in Oslo Norway.

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16 Responses to “Fantastic Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway”

  1. alison abbott August 27, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

    What an interesting assortment of free things to do in Oslo. I think i’d enjoy every single experience you’ve highlighted.

  2. Carol Kubota August 23, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks for these great ideas. Norway is on my list of places to go. I will use your advice. Your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Doreen Pendgracs August 22, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

    Thx for introducing us to the art and sculptures of Oslo, Charles. I’ve not yet had a desire to visit Norway. But I can see that changing …

  4. travelgalcindy August 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

    Nice to have some options that are free! It’s been a long long time since I was there – looks like it is time to return!

  5. ambiancedaix August 21, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    I love those rooftop views! Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her winter visit to Oslo – but summer is certainly more appealing!

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) August 23, 2017 at 7:42 am #

      The summer weather for my visit was ideal. Winter would certainly be different and more challenging to find free activities.

  6. Anita @ Anita's Feast August 21, 2017 at 5:50 am #

    Tips for economizing in Norway, always a great idea!

  7. Elaine Masters August 20, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

    Oslo is so vibrant. I love all the artwork and that stunning architecture – old and new. One day…

  8. Carole Terwilliger Meyers August 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

    That Oslo Opera House looks pretty interesting, and I really like the street art. Some of the best things in life are free.

  9. Michele Herrmann/She Is Going Places August 16, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    You definitely hit some great spots. I also suggest the Munch Museum.

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) August 19, 2017 at 8:57 am #

      Thank you, Michele. Is the Munch Museum free? A brand new Munch Museum is being built, scheduled to open in 2020.

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