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Social Life & Culture
Meet people and explore
Oslo is a young, pioneering city with a down-to-earth and informal culture that supports personal growth not only through work-life balance, but also through a vibrant cultural scene and a unique proximity to nature. It’s not unusual for people to hit the ski trails, go sailing, attend a concert, or enjoy a slow unwind after a solid day of work. Your time is your own.
The official travel guide for Oslo museums, historical sites, attractions and events.
Visit Oslo Region
Learn more about top cultural and nature destinations in the Oslo region.
DNT - The Norwegian Trekking Association
Norway's biggest outdoor activities organisation. Offers guided tours, cabin rental across the country, and route inspiration.
Oslo Visitor Centre
Museum and transportation passes, tour tickets, currency exchange and other services.
Guided hiking and camping tours.
Parks and natural attractions
Get into the nature-loving action in any season.
Great adventures await from the mountains and fjords to the Northern lights.
Vacation in Norway (Facebook)
Inspiring vacation photos from around Norway.
Anders Husa Food Blog
Food and travel bloggers give you the inside scoop on restaurants, bakeries, bars and more.
Lots of options for casual and fine dining.
Aftenposten - Restaurantguiden
A map of restaurants in Oslo with reviews (in Norwegian).
Scandinavian Standard: Best Places to Eat and Drink in Oslo in 2020
Scandinavia Standard is your one-stop destination for Scandinavian lifestyle in English.
Fanthom: Move Over, Copenhagen. Oslo Is the New Nordic Food Town
Look out, Copenhagen: Oslo is poised to dominate the Nordic food scene. Says who? Industry insider Shari Bayer, who travels the world for incredible (often solo) meals.
Explore events by location, what's popular, top picks, and free stuff.
Oslo hosts more than 5,000 concerts every year (well, except for this past one....)
Get to know others through social and professional meet-ups.
Tickets for upcoming concerts and sporting events.
What's on in Oslo
Keep an eye on the latest live and online events.
Flytoget - Airport Express Train
A high-speed train service that runs between Oslo Airport, Oslo Central Station and Drammen (southwest of Oslo). The train departs every 10 minutes and takes about 20 minutes between Oslo Airport and the central station.
Overview of transportation options
Get information and travel passes.
Trip planner for metro, tram, bus, and ferry in Oslo.
Vy - Norwegian Railway and Bus
Government-owned railway company which operates passenger train and bus services.
Sales and ticket agency for the railway and travel planner for public transportation throughout Norway.
Public transportation serving the cities of Drammen, Kongsberg, Lier, and Ringerike.
Public transportation covering the cities of Hamar, Gjøvik, Lillehammer, Elverum, and Kongsvinger.
Public transportation serving the cities of Askim, Fredrikstad, Halden, Moss, Mysen, and Sarpsborg.
Forbes: How Norway Celebrates Its National Day
Norwegians shed their typically reserved shell to dress up, hit the streets and party. It’s a day full of national pride, yet there’s no displays of military power and the politicians keep quiet. Norway’s Constitution Day is all about the children.
The Best Day to Visit Norway
Youtube channel YourWay2Norway shows why May 17th is the best day to visit Oslo and Norway
Visit Norway: Norway’s national day
Brazilians have their carnival, the Irish Saint Patrick’s Day. Norway’s answer? On May 17th we are commemorating the signing of the constitution on that date in 1814. In Norway, Constitution Day is huge!
Visit Oslos Guide to May 17th in Oslo
2021 will be a bit different in terms of May 17th, but Visit Oslo will share what is still going on
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Oslo Innovation Week
Oslo Innovation Week brings forward new voices and innovation in action. We highlight bold solutions that solve real global challenges through entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation. A week of 80+ events, organized by 140+ amazing partners. Join us from wherever you are. All you have to do is sign up for your favorite events!
Government Reveals Plan To Open Border
As of September 25th, Norway has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, will allow residents of all EU/EEA/Schengen countries to enter the country. Residents of so-called purple countries will also be permitted to enter, along with residents of the U.K. and Switzerland. In phase two, the government will open the border to all countries on the EU’s third country list. The quarantine period will be removed. This phase is expected to come into force in 3-4 weeks.
The restaurants, bars and cafés Norwegian fashion insiders love
Areas such as Grünerløkka, St. Hanshaugen and Tøyen are still as trendy as ever, but the bright and shiny new places being developed right by the sea are particularly cool right now. Like a moth to the flame, restaurateurs and hip entrepreneurs have been flocking to open up places here. You'll find small art galleries such as Kösk showcasing modern art, the towering Munch Museum, Instagram-friendly spots to have a bite, and lots of places to hang out while gazing out at the fjord.