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10 Free Things in Oslo

The best free things to do in Oslo.


Numerous free things in Oslo can help you cut down on travel expenses and spend less money than other Oslo visitors. These are Oslo's best free sights and attractions.

1. Free Attraction: The Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard in Oslo, Norway
Changing of the Guard in Oslo, Norway
Every day at 1:30 pm, one of Oslo's best free events takes place. The royal guards you see at the Changing of the Guards in Oslo are called the King's Guard. These men and women perform sentry duty, guarding the royal residence around the clock.

2. Oslo's Free, Beautiful Parks

Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway
Vigeland Park
There are several parks in Oslo that are especially popular in the summer - with free activities in the parks, outdoor events, or just for a relaxing afternoon spent sunbathing. My favorite parks in Oslo are Slottsparken and Vigeland Park, both quickly reachable on foot or by tram.

3. Free Events in Oslo

Oslo at Night
Oslo at Night - VisitOslo
Hosting lots of ticketed events, Oslo also offers free events. Depending on your time of travel, I would recommend these:

4. Free Oslo Street Map

Map of Oslo
Uni Oslo
So you won't get lost in the city center of Oslo, we've made a free street map of Oslo available for you to download and/or print. Happy travels!

5. Oslo's Free Beaches

Huk Beach in Oslo
© Terri M. 2008
During Oslo's summer, visit one of the local beaches in the Oslo area. Swimming and sunbathing there is free and it's a great way to spend half a day in Oslo that's free and very relaxing. Come early to get a good spot.

6. Oslo's Free Ice Skating for Winter Travelers

Free Ice Skating in Oslo
Free Ice Skating in Oslo
Oslo's free things aren't limited to summer. If you visit Oslo in winter, you can go ice skating for free at two rinks! If you don't have your own skates (and how many traveler would pack those?), you can rent them - not for free but for a very low fee.

7. 30+ Attractions Free with Oslo Pass

Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway
© Tori03
How about free admission to more than 30 museums and attractions in Oslo, free public transportation and ferry, free parking, swimming, and other discounts? Even a free lunch cruise tour is included. Unfortunately, the Oslo Pass is not entirely free, but VERY cheap.

8. Free Oslo Weather Information

Riding Bikes Outside Oslo, Norway
Submitted by © Adina Johnson
With the Midnight Sun and the Polar Nights affecting the hours of sunlight in Oslo, make sure you know what to expect when it comes to local daylight hours and temperatures. Here is a practical overview and monthly temperature chart for Oslo, in Fahrenheit.

9. Free Norwegian Language Cheat Sheet

Royals Talking
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Here's a great free language sheet for your Oslo trip, containing all the important words and phrases in Norwegian that you may need in Oslo. Just print or save the cheat sheet so you have it with you. Or read through it during your flight to Oslo!

10. Compare Travel Prices for Free

Scandinavian Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines
Have you ever wanted to simply compare the prices from all the big travel websites at once? Check out the flight comparison tool by Expedia. No matter where you're going, be smarter than other travelers and compare all those big travel sites easily.
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