An Insider’s Guide – Things to do in Oslo, Norway


Planning a trip to Oslo anytime soon? Before you do so, take a look at our Insider’s Guide. Luxurylaunches together with The Thief, Oslo (a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection) has put together a list of things to do when visiting the city. But first, a little bit about the city you’re visiting.

Oslo is Norway’s biggest city and is spectacularly located at the head of a 60-mile-long Fjord. Three words tends to describe it best – nature, culture, and architecture. Nowhere will you find a city that is so green and covered with many parks and surrounding countryside; which obviously means plenty of opportunities for winter sports, swimming, climbing, diving, horseback riding etc. It’s rich in culture too with a rich blend of the country’s Scandinavian roots and its contemporary values. You will find many world class museums depicting its history as well as many architectural wonder pieces such as the city’s striking opera house and its skyscraper-studded district- Barcode. Add to that some great restaurants, cozy cafes, and pubs, make Oslo a fun place to begin your Norwegian adventure.


Must try dish:
Oslo has exploded with great new restaurants and an amazing foodie scene. However, we prefer to keep it simple with a juicy burger on The Thief’s very own rooftop – Thief Roof Foodbar. Enjoy spectacular views of the Oslo Fjord while sipping on a frozen cocktail and eating a classic Thief burger.


Best views:
Go hiking by Holmenkollen Ski Jump. From there you can see all of Oslo’s amazing scenery. One of Oslo’s key attractions is also located up here – Holmenkollen Ski Museum.


Best place for shoping:
For high end shopping, go to Promenaden – the new fashion district of Oslo. Or if you feel alternative, head down to Markveien and enjoy the small and cute vintage shops along this vibrant street.

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Best activity:
We highly recommend a walk along the river “Akerselva”. On the way you can find amazing flea markets, cool street art, many romantic spots, and beautiful scenery. This is a great activity for a bright sunny day.


Best restaurant for celebrations:
Ideal for celebrations is the Fjord terrace on The Thief’s rooftop. It offers complete privacy, with views over the Oslo Fjords, and there is no other place in the city where one can celebrate in better style. There is space inside and outside so it’s ideal for any kind of weather. The menus are seasonal and can also be curated by Head Chef Johan Laursen to suit the style of the event.


Must-see museum:
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art is definitely worth a visit. The museum showcases a permanent collection and also includes rotating exhibitions with internationally renowned artists.


Best cultural secret:
If you are in Oslo in the summer season, make sure to check out Salt. It is a perfect combination of a concert arena, sauna, and Norwegian traditional food and drinks. It is located next door to the Oslo Opera House.


Top Day Trip:
One can easily hop on one of the ferries at Aker Brygge and explore the islands scattered on the Fjord. There are tons of beaches, cafes, seafood restaurants, museums and a lot to discover in the Oslo Fjord.


Any other must-experience recommendations when in Oslo:
The museums at Bygdør, The Kon-Tiki museum, The Folk Museum, and the Viking Ship museum- are a few must see places in Oslo.

The Thief, Oslo in Norway

Where: The Thief (a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection)
Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo, Norway
Phone: +47 24 00 40 00