Wedged between the mountains and the sea, Oslo is not only one of the greenest capitals in Europe, but also the cool capital of Scandinavia, home to a wide range of things to do. Oslo's once rusty docks have been turned into architectural wonders, while other lesser-known parts of its industrial history have been restored and are now home to vibrant food halls, bars and art galleries featuring leading works, including those of Oslo's renowned painter Edvard Munch. With world-class museums, the trendy Greenrløkka neighborhood, a thriving coffee culture and fine restaurants serving both Nordic and international cuisine, there's something for everyone in this lively, compact and vibrant city in Norway.
Oslo can be reached either by plane via Oslo Airport or by ferry and train. You can, of course, make your way through the city by public transport. However, if you would like to visit Oslo in a more formal, comfortable and easy way, consider using our charter bus service. Coach Charter Europe has been involved in the tour bus industry for over 40 years. As a family-owned bus company, our goal is to provide exceptional charter bus rental services customized to your itinerary needs.
If you want to travel with your group, then a charter bus from Coach Charter Europe is the best way to get to Oslo. Bus Company by Coach Charter Europe advises group managers to plan their time between visits wisely to handle itinerary points and to remain flexible for other tasks.
We welcome you to the top ten ideas on your next trip to Oslo:
1. Norvegian national opera and ballet
The Oslo Opera House is situated right in the harbor, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the sea. This invites its visitors to climb the roof and enjoy a panoramic view of Oslo and the fjord all year round. Wide street-level windows provide the public with a view to rehearsals and workshop activities. The interior of the building is all wood, and the main hall is shaped like a horseshoe, reminiscent of the classic theaters of the past. The opera is designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta and has won a number of prestigious awards.
2. Akershus fortress
Akershus Fortress is a great place to discover the history of Oslo and enjoy a summer day. The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress was begun in 1299 under King Håkon V. The medieval castle, which was completed in the 1300s, had a strategic location at the very end of the promontory and had a long history of siege. King Christian IV (1588-1648) modernized the castle and converted it into a Renaissance castle and a royal residence.
3. Oslo summer park
One of the biggest climbing parks in Scandinavia, just 30 minutes from the city center. Oslo Summer Park is divided into 12 trails of varying degrees of difficulty. There are more than 200 features in the park, including more than 1,000 meters of zip lines. The entrance to the climbing park includes all the required equipment and training for a safe and exciting day in the treetops. Perhaps the biggest thrill of the park is Tigerspranget ("The Tiger Leap"), where you'll see a 13-metre free fall before you're slowly lowered to the field. You're free to carry your own food to the barbecue and picnic areas of the park. You can hire a bus from our bus company with a driver to get there.
4. Tim Wendelboe
Oslo is having a coffee moment, with world champion baristas like Tim Wendelboe sourcing, roasting and grinding coffee beans with pizazz. Dozens of independent coffee shops pop up all over the area, selling everything from dark, filtered brews to espressos. Norwegians are the world's second-largest coffee drinkers, so to skip sampling their 'lightly roast' drink is to miss a vital part of local cuisine. Just try it at Tim Wendelboe.
5. Sorenga seawater pool
A large seawater fjord pool situated in one of Oslo's brand-new neighbourhoods, a large fjord pool with seawater from the Oslo Fjord, a swimming pool, a beach, a children's pool, and a large entertainment area with huge crowds on sunny summer days. The Sørenga pool is open to the public all year round, and in winter cold water swimming and sauna are common activities. Sørenga is a new neighborhood situated along Oslo’s new Harbor Promenade with cafés, restaurants and great outdoor spaces on the waterfront.
Your team is going to spend an unforgettable day at TusenFryd Amusement Park, both young and old. Look for exciting attractions like SuperSplash, SpaceShot, ThunderCoaster, SpeedMonster and SpinSpider. So why don't you take a dive into the water slide of BadeFryd, where there's still 25oC in the cold. Between the drives, there's nothing like a dip in the sea. BadeFryd is open from the beginning of June to the middle of August.
7. Urban sauna
One of the best things to do in Oslo is to enjoy an indoor sauna. The harbor has a variety of areas where you can heat by the coals – before a cool dive into the fjord. The health benefits of the saunas are well known and this is a perfect way to enjoy local life. SALT is a nomadic art project where you can relax in water-filled barrels, while KOK is a floating sauna with an amazing view of the fjord.
8. Norwegian Folk Museum
The Norwegian Folk Museum is an open-air attraction that has welcomed tourists for more than 115 years in the same array of world-class museums on the Bygdøy Peninsula. The center of the collection, founded in the early 1880s by King Oscar II, is the Gol Stave Church, which was built in the middle of the 12th century and moved here in 1884. This magnificent monument is one of the 155 historic buildings in the museum, highlighting the richness of wood architecture around the world.
Housed inside one of the oldest brick buildings in downtown Oslo, this 'hidden' talk easy bar serves avant-garde cocktails made from spirits distilled on site and featuring quirky ingredients such as Norwegian brown cheese, ginseng and horseradish. Find out for yourself why this has been named one of the top 20 bars in the world. It also has a cider bar, an outdoor kitchen and a greenhouse with plants and herbs used in food and beverages.
10. Nobel Peace Centre
This interactive exhibition, opened in 2005, is dedicated to the prestigious Peace Prize and its past winners. While the permanent exhibition focuses on the winners, the ever-changing exhibits range from photographs depicting extreme wealth to those exploring anorexia. It provides a fascinating insight into the nature of the Peace Prize, as well as topics related to war, peace and conflict resolution. It's also great family-friendly, and children under the age of 16 get free.
If you need an airport shuttle service or a full day charter bus service for your sightseeing tours, please feel free to contact us. Our Coach Charter Europe charter bus rental team will help you with any concerns you may have about hiring a tour bus. By hiring a coach with a driver from our 'Coach Charter Europe' bus service, you can have a high degree of flexibility when it comes to taking into account all the various aspects of your journey. We're going to be there every step of the way for you as a charter bus rental company.