Are you visiting Oslo this summer- or are you an Osloite just wondering what to do? Well- you are in for a treat. I’ve rounded up my favorite things to do in Oslo during summer and it’s well worth a visit.
A great thing about Oslo during summer- and any holiday, is the silence. Oslo is not a big capital and when we all go on vacation, the city that remains might seem a bit, quiet. Use this to your advantage. Enjoy the silence and enjoy the nature that surrounds the city centre.
Enjoy the day light
Want to experience slow living? Simply have a late dinner outdoors enjoying the day light like any other Norwegian. As our winter is quite long and harsh, we know how to savor the long days- and night in Norway. Buy yourself a good wine and enjoy your dinner with new- or old friends with a good meal. Need a place? Don’t worry, you can find a bunch of roof top restaurants in Oslo- or just grab a picnic blanket and sit in a park with a view the entire evening. Try Akershus Festning with the view of Aker Brygge at night.
Did you know you are allowed to catch fish in Akerselva? Try and catch one of our many salmons and have it for dinner in the park! Be sure to buy a licence before doing so.
Grab a picnic basket, a blanket and head out to one of our many beaches for a refreshing swim and a lazy day in the sun. If there are any people left in Oslo, you will find them at the beach soaking up all the sun they can get. Oslo has many beaches and good swimming opportunities to choose from- if you don’t want to go far, try Sørenga at Aker Brygge which is located right in the city centre. If you want a more off beat feel, take the boat out to the islands to find the perfect spot.
Cruise the Oslo Fjord
The Oslo Fjord is a wonderful place to be during summer and especially when the nights lasts forever. If you don’t happen to have a boat yourself, why not try one of the services situated on the dock? I know some of them are offering dinner until late at night. If you want a more budget friendly option- cruise on the boats that goes between the islands in the Oslo Fjords and do a little island hopping.
Catch a show & enjoy Oslo’s newest food scene
Norwegian Wood, Øya festivalen, Over Oslo. Did you know Oslo has loads of festivals and concerts? Oslo have for years put a lot of energy and resources into making it a cultural and musical place to be. I won’t be surprised if you find something you like.
Oslo is a thriving capital which is growing as we speak- new places to eat are popping up everywhere and the newest being Vippa. Vippa is a new food hall by the fjord which is absolutely wonderful. You might even catch a concert here from time to time.
Did you know that Oslo is surrounded by a lot of nature? Only 20 minutes away and you can find yourself in the deepest forest all alone. DNT (Den Norske Turistforening) has both small and big cabins that everyone can use (for a small fee) when you are out hiking and wanting to spend the night. This is great both for children and adults. Be sure to check out their homepage for more information on where to stay and where to hike.