We are very fortunate to have friends that live in Norway so last summer we visited for a long weekend a took a day to visit some of the places in the capital of Oslo. There was so many to choose but we picked our favourites and we’ve put together them in these top 3 things to do with kids in Oslo. Plus we have a bonus at the end that you will all love!
What to do with Kids in Oslo
Oslo is a fantastic city, although expensive!
It’s easy to use public transport and with the mix of trams, trains, taxis and ferries as well as your feet you can easily explore the city.
We grabbed a map at the airport and the kids and us picked 2 museums and a place to visit and we headed out to explore the city.
The Viking Ship Museum
High on the top of my list was the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula. If we were going to learn about vikings then there wasn’t a better place to learn about them than the area that they are from.
I know that at some point in Primary School in the UK the kids would be learning about the Vikings and I wanted to give them an authentic experience before they started to learn about it as we were there.
The Viking Ship Museum houses 3 of the best preserved Viking Ships in the world. They are complete with skeletons and artefacts.
Although the kids loved a lot about the museum our favourite thing by far was the video presentation that is shown on the roof above one of the ships.
It shows how the ships are constructed, used and then the death of a Viking King and his burial with the ship.
Watch our Video on The Viking Ship Museum Below
As a bonus when you purchase your ticket for The Viking Ship museum you also get entry to the Cultural Museum in Oslo as well (but check the opening times as this doesn’t open every day of the week).
Read more about Visiting the Viking Ship Museum with Kids here!
The FRam Museum
The kids choose this museum from looking at the pictures in our guide book and map.
At school they had been learning about explorers and there had been a focus about Polar Explorers. So this was another great experience for them to learn more.
Like the Viking Ship Museum, this museum also contains ships but instead of ships that were buried with the Vikings this time it’s 2 actual ships that travelled to the poles. The Fram and the Gjøa, The Fram was the boat that took the first successful explorer to reach the South Pole and the Gjøa the first to successfully navigate the North West Passage.
Within the museum the kids explored the boats including going below deck and seeing how the explorers lived.
T loved this, little touches like the piano, tins of food and sewing machines really brought life onboard and the explorations to life in a way that no TV documentary has ever for her.
J’s highlight was completely different he made us go through the cold room repeatedly!
Akershus Castle is a medival castle built to protect the headland of Oslo from invasion.
It has been updated and modernised over the years and now houses a museum as well as being a place to explore on foot as you visit the city.
We didn’t visit inside the museum but did explore around the castle/fortess on foot walking along the battlements looking out to the sea as well as enjoying a snack in the open air.
BONUS – Oslo Opera House
A bonus for the kids as they loved this was to walk up the outside of the Oslo Opera House!
From a distance, it is obvious to tell where its nickname of the Ski Slope came from as it jets out from the Oslo Fjord.