24 Hours in Oslo (with walking map!)

My first full day in Oslo was…well, a very full day. To put it lightly. I had two days in Oslo, but we covered so much in the first 24 hours that I could’ve been very satisfied if I’d only had 24 hours in Oslo. I guess that’s what happens when you have two Norwegian friends to show you around their city!

We went on a very well-designed walk through Oslo, planned by Kristina, which hit every major attraction (and all FREE!) So I’ve decided to write this post like I did my favorite walk through London’s Southwark area, and give you a map.

If you ever find yourself in Oslo, you can just click this link and there’s your map to the best, busiest, most lovely 24 hours in Oslo!!

1. Vigeland Park

We started the day in Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park made by just one artist! It contains 200+ sculptures and is just incredible.

Gustav Vigeland is Norway’s most famous sculptor and you might already be familiar with his work… he designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal!

Photo of me, coffee, and famous grumpy baby statue that is always vandalized
My two Norwegian tour guides for the day, Kristina and Lene!


2. Bogstadveien – shopping (veien=road)

From Vigeland Park, we walked along Bogstadveien which is a great shopping road. My friends recommended Bik Bok and Monki as the best Nordic brand stores to buy clothes.

I got a really cute pair of sunglasses at Monki for only 100NOK, definitely needed as it was blazing sun in Oslo!

3. King’s Park and Palace / Slottsparken and Det Kongelige Slott

From Bogstadveien we came to the back of the King’s park, a lush green space with big trees. The Queen has a park, too, but it’s closed to the public.

We came through the park to the front of the palace, where we saw the flag was flying – when this happens it means the King is home!

Me and my lovely tour guides!


4. City Hall

Next stop…city hall! Not to get married (although this is where Kristina’s parents were married!), but to admire the colorful and meaning-filled murals. Basically a free museum!

It’s not much to look at on the outside, but once you enter the large brick building you find yourself in a vast hall with three-story tall murals on each side. You can explore each room and even see “Life” by Edvard Munch on the second floor.


^my favorite of the paintings. My Norwegian friends translated the protest signs for me- it shows citizens fighting for rights for the poor, sick, old, and to vote. It represents everything Norway stands for!
^the controversial painting depicting (naked) Norwegians enjoying Oslo in summer. The boy by the door is sticking out his tongue because the artist was mad they put two doors in his mural.

5. Aker Brygge – harbor

This quite posh area is home to great restaurants, some modern art museums, lots of docked yachts in the harbor, and a beautiful path alongside the sea.

We walked around, and then settled in a sunny spot overlooking the harbor for lunch that we picked up from the nearby grocery store.


6. Karl Johan’s Gate –
Main Street

Karl Johan’s Gate is Oslo’s Main Street, meant for pedestrians. There are lots of big restaurants and brand stores, plus the grand hotel that Justin Bieber was once kicked out of! (And Parliament).  

 7. Opera House

The Opera house is a gorgeous modern building on the harbor of the west side of Oslo…but when it was built, the architects miscalculated a few things.

First, every year it is sinking!

Second, they didn’t mean for people to walk on the roof, but it’s so perfectly slanted that every day dozens of people traipse up the roof for views of the Oslo Fjord and Oslo itself. Including us!    

8. Grill in a Park

A summertime classic in Oslo is grilling! This was so much fun. So many people were lying out in the grass eating freshly cooked burgers and smoky corn. It was wonderful.


9. Akerselva and Kuba park – river

Akerselva is the main river that runs  north-south through a section of Oslo. Once you get to Kuba park, a long narrow park along the water’s edge, you can walk along the river (it’s difficult to elsewhere in the city).

It’s peaceful and wild and there are lots of nice bars and books tucked in along the river edge.

10. St Hanshaugen Park

For us, this was the perfect place to end our day of walking Oslo, as our Airbnb was in St Hanshaugen neighborhood (highly recommend staying in that area!).

The park itself is gorgeous, especially around sunset. Haugen roughly translates to hill… Meaning the park is just one big green hill with great views of the city at the top!

^ views from our St Hanshaugen neighborhood airbnb

And there you have 24 hours in Oslo – walking route handcrafted by Norwegians and approved by tourists (me)! My health app definitely showed a spike in walking on this day, but it was worth it to see all the major central sights of the city!

My second day in Oslo was a bit different… you can read here about how I saw the outskirts of Oslo!

Sarah xx

Pin it for later…

Looking for more?


    1. You do! And seriously, save this post, it was the best ever walking route through the city, I would’ve been totally lost without my Norwegian friends! I hope you can book a trip soon 🙂 Thanks for reading!

    2. Oh no I replied to this but looks like it’s disappeared :'( Well, you definitely DO need to tick off Oslo! And keep this walking map for when you go it was such a nice way to see the city!! Thanks for reading 🙂

  1. Wow! You did all of this in one day! I think we could be travel buddies 🙂
    I love that you grilled food in the park, what a great idea. And, I think it’s so nice of you to include a map of where you went – I never had thought of that but it’s such a great way to help people planning their trip!

    1. Haha yes my feet were pretty tired at the end :O I know, I just thought of it one day in London, like if I was to recommend my favorite sights to a friend visiting, it’s just useful you know! Glad you liked it 😀

  2. Sarah, Love, love, love this walking tour…although I’ll divide into 3 days. Lol. Anyway to,post (or email to me) just the map? I’m having trouble printing just the map from my computer…thanks!

    1. Hi Susan, thanks for reading! Yup it is certainly a LOT for one day so don’t blame you for spreading it over three haha. Here is a link to the map: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/The+Vigeland+Park,+Nobels+gate+32,+0268+Oslo,+Norway/Bogstadveien,+Oslo,+Norway/The+Royal+Palace,+Slottsplassen+1,+0010+Oslo,+Norway/R%C3%A5dhuset,+R%C3%A5dhusplassen+1,+0037+Oslo,+Norway/Aker+Brygge,+Oslo,+Norway/Karl+Johans+gate,+Oslo,+Norway/Oslo+Opera+House,+Kirsten+Flagstads+Plass+1,+0150+Oslo,+Norway/Kuba+park,+0175+Oslo,+Norway/St.+Hanshaugen,+0171+Oslo,+Norway/@59.92092,10.723786,13z/data=!4m56!4m55!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416dcebaff5fb1:0x863f8a43655c796!2m2!1d10.700865!2d59.927029!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416dda0468c853:0x6ad19e65dd347648!2m2!1d10.7200745!2d59.9271594!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416dd779ba357b:0x677038c9acc2591c!2m2!1d10.7273769!2d59.9170428!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416e87392ca3a5:0x52f65653724888bc!2m2!1d10.7337252!2d59.9121487!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416e81bceae4f9:0xe68ffef57f364675!2m2!1d10.7250381!2d59.9099221!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416e7d5226496b:0x308a314c2d286af9!2m2!1d10.7413227!2d59.913072!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416e8ba321f715:0x1cb6a7c6a2a2d611!2m2!1d10.7531275!2d59.9074885!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416e6f72193eab:0xa3bc225935cf5617!2m2!1d10.7525975!2d59.924747!1m5!1m1!1s0x46416e70e1d38355:0x30cc0e0ca38a1485!2m2!1d10.7437528!2d59.928526!3e2?hl=en-US

      (Wow that’s a long link haha!) If you press the menu button (the three short lines in the upper left corner) it should bring up a sidebar menu, where you can select “print.” That will be easier than printing it directly from my website.

  3. Hi! Thanks for your walking route suggestion, we have 2.5 days here in Oslo and followed (by the most part) your walking tour.
    However, after visiting Vigeland Park did you really mean the sculptor died at 23 years old?
    Because it looks like he was in fact he was born in 1869 and died in 1943 so was actually 74 years old when he died.

    1. So glad the walking route was helpful!
      I’ve edited the post to include the correct information. I have to admit… I first wrote this quite a few years ago when I was just blogging for fun rather than a career, and didn’t fact check my articles nearly as thoroughly as I do now. So thanks for the correction!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *