Oslo is the capital and is a great place to visit for one day before heading on to other parts of Norway. Most attractions are walkable from the central train station where you will most likely arrive from after taking the airport express train (23min journey). Due to the poor weather while I was there, I was unable to visit Vigeland Sculpture park (recommended) which is a short bus ride away, but here are top 5 recommendations:
- The Royal Palace. You can see the changing of the guards as well as explore the palace gardens for free. When you turn your back to the building, you get a good view of the city centre. The Royal Palace is open to the public during the summer but all visitors must follow a guided tour to see the interior, which you may wish to join: https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?TLp=181644
- Nobel Peace Centre. I didn’t capture an image of the building or any of the stories inside as they were quite emotional. The first floor was all about the Syrian conflict and the upper floor about Colombia as well as recognising the many Nobel peace prize winners.
- Try find random sculptures all over place as you walk around the city
- Akershus Fortress. You can get really good views from here as it is slightly higher up and it is free to visit. There was an outdoor play going on during my visit so be aware that certain areas may be blocked off.
- Opera House. How often do you get to walk on the roof of a building! I love how the buildings creeps out of the water. Of course, I wish there weren’t cranes and grey clouds in the background, but cities are always developing.