On our way to visit family in Eastern Europe, we had six hours between flights to explore Oslo, Norway. We only had about two hours in the city, but in that time we were able to see many things. What a great alternative that was to sitting in the airport for hours. We summarized our visit in pictures below of specific places we got to visit around this very sweet Scandinavian city.
Getting into Oslo – the Flytoget Train
First, we took the express train into Oslo from the airport (20 minutes). It is expensive but it is beautiful, clean and the ride is super smooth, pleasant, and fast. AND it has free and fast wi-fi!
On the train on our way to the center of Oslo.
The Flytoget ticket for the train from the Oslo airport into the center of Oslo.
Karl Johans gate – the street we saw as soon as we came out of the train station.
We began our journey by walking to the Opera House which is by the Oslo Fjord.
Doing spirals and yoga by the Opera House.
A sculpture in the water right to the side of the Opera House.
The Opera House has a roof which you can walk on and it is a great opportunity to get a nice view of Oslo and take some amazing pictures.
Part of the view from the street by the Opera House.
Next we walked through the streets where we saw beautiful architecture and lovely squares on our way to Akershus Fortress (Акерсхус) which was built in the 1300’s.
One of the old houses on our way to the fortress. This one was turned into a restaurant.
Another old historic house. This one was renovated in the inside and turned into a hotel along with the one next to it.
We stopped in a small square to eat food from a food truck before continuing.
The food truck that we visited.
The AMAZING food from the food truck.
Right after we ate, we continued on our way to the fortress.
A statue of a one-legged man carrying many bags outside the fort.
Entering Akershus Fortress.
A guard who is not allowed to move outside one of the entrances.
The beautiful view from one of the outlooks in the fort. From here, there is a great view of Oslo Fjord.
Next we went on to the area of town where important buildings and the royal palace are located.
A totem pole we made on one of the beautiful streets by the palace.
Amazing circular fountain in one of the parks near the palace.
The national theater. Near here is another train station where we later took a train back to the airport.
Another beautiful building we saw near the palace.
This is the royal palace. When we were there, the flag was not up so that meant that the royal family was not home at the time.
After this we went to catch a train by the national theater back to the airport and headed onward with our journey to Subotica, Serbia (where my family is located)! We had a wonderful time in Norway, if you are taking a long flight somewhere I definitely recommend a layover somewhere to explore a new place!