Oslo, Oslo, Oslo, why are you so expensive? Except you’re actually not that expensive and all the travel guides, blogs and articles you’re reading convincing you otherwise are lying and want you to miss out on all the amazing things to do in Oslo.
No, seriously guys, Oslo isn’t that bad. It certainly isn’t the cheapest place you’ll visit, but you won’t need to take out a second mortgage to experience Norway’s capital. I promise.
So, without further ado, here is my list of the top five free things to do in Oslo.
1. Vigeland Sculpture ParkThe Vigeland Sculpture Park is a beautiful garden full of amusing statues portraying human emotion. It’s a great place to chill out on a summer evening or for admiring the sculptures, people watching or wandering around a green space in the city.2. Oslo Opera HouseOne of the more striking buildings in Oslo is the opera house. It resembles an iceberg on the water and you can climb up to the top of the building to see the views. Don’t ignore the inside, because the interior is just as gorgeously Nordic.3. Akerbaten Bro Don’t miss out on crossing this bridge. It may not be as famous as the Brooklyn Bridge in New York but the views are just as impressive. The geometric shaped buildings behind are stunning, especially with the reflections of the clouds, so make sure you make crossing this bridge a priority.4. Ski JumpThe Ski Jump is a famous monument in Oslo, equipped with a Ski Museum and a lift that you can ride to the top of the building to see the views. Unfortunately, the museum and the lift aren’t free, but this doesn’t mean you can’t visit the jump itself. This is a perfect place to get in some exercise, see the views from the top of the hill and take some pictures of the impressive jump and cable cars.5. Armed Forces MuseumSituated near Akershus Castle is the Armed Forces Museum, a large interactive museum with plenty of exhibitions on Norway’s military history. While you are here, it’s worth it to wander around the gardens of the Akershus Castle, one of the most haunted buildings in Europe.