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Oslo, Norway in September

Hi Everyone,

Off to Oslo for 6 days in September, doesn’t look like we can do tour to Bergen, any recommendations on must do in Oslo and maybe a must do day trip from Oslo? Thanks.

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I think it's possible to do the key parts of the Norway-in-a-Nutshell route as a round-trip from Oslo, but it would be a very long day. It would also be quite expensive for such a short span of time. But still quite possibly worth it.

Are you sure you cannot go to Bergen? Unless you have work or family commitments tying you to Oslo, you can certainly see something of both cities in six days. You don't have to take a tour; you can go on your own. The classic Norway-in-a-Nutshell route would take you there. It's a long day (not as long as doing the round-trip from Oslo, because the prime scenic area on that route is closer to Bergen than to Oslo. Direct trains between the two cities take from 6-1/2 to about 8 hours. There are also flights.

Rick lists his sightseeing highlights for major European destinations right on this website. Here's the list for Oslo, copied from "At a Glance at this link:

▲▲▲ City Hall Oslo's artsy 20th-century government building, lined with huge, vibrant, municipal-themed murals, best visited with included tour.

▲▲▲ National Gallery: Norway's cultural and natural essence, captured on canvas. [Note: The National Gallery's collection has now been rolled into the new, large National Museum.]

▲▲▲ Frogner Park: Sprawling park with works by Norway's greatest sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, and the studio where he created them (now a museum).

▲▲▲ Fram Museum: Captivating exhibit on two Arctic exploration ships.

▲▲ Norwegian Folk Museum: Norway condensed into 150 historic buildings in a large open-air museum.

▲▲ Norwegian Resistance Museum: Gripping look at Norway's tumultuous WWII experience.

▲▲ Viking Ship Museum: Impressive trio of ninth-century Viking ships, with exhibits on the people who built them. [Note: Closed until 2025 or 2026. The Historical Museum has a worthwhile exhibition of Viking artifacts, among other things.]

▲▲ Kon-Tiki Museum: Adventures of primitive Kon-Tiki and Ra II ships built by Thor Heyerdahl.

▲ Oslo Opera House: Stunning performance center that's helping revitalize the harborfront.

▲ Akershus Fortress Complex and Tours: Historic military base and fortified old center, with guided tours, a ho-hum castle interior, and the excellent Norwegian Resistance Museum (listed above).

▲ Norwegian Maritime Museum: Briny voyage through Norway's rich seafaring heritage.

▲ Ekeberg Sculpture Park: Hilly, hikeable 63-acre forest park with striking contemporary art and city views.

▲ Edvard Munch Museum Works of Norway's famous Expressionistic painter. [Note: This museum has closed, with the collection transferred to the new Munch museum, located on the waterfront near the Opera House.]

▲ Grünerløkka: Oslo's trendy former working-class district, with bustling cafés and pubs.

▲ Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen: Oslo's harborfront promenade, and nearby trendy neighborhood with Astrup Fearnley Museum, upscale galleries, shops, and cafés.

▲ Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum: Dizzying vista and a schuss through skiing history, with a zip line off the top.

Norwegian Holocaust Center: High-tech look at the rise of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust in Norway, and racism today.

Nobel Peace Center: Exhibit celebrating the ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize and the lives of those who have won it.

Hey, Rick, those museum changes are years old. How about updating the website?