Oslo with Children

photo of a statue outside Oslo's National Theater
A statue outside the National Theater in Oslo

We began our carefully planned trip to Norway in its capital city, Oslo. While some friends and even some guidebooks had suggested skipping Oslo in favor of seeing more of the beautiful fjords, I’m glad we spent three days there. It was probably the easiest of our stops in Norway in terms traveling with children, and also gave us the historial and cultural backdrop we needed to fully appreciate what we saw later on.

Like Helsinki, Oslo is a surprisingly small capital city of around 600,000 people. The city center, bisected by two parallel roads–Karl Johans Gate and Stortingsgata–with park and historic buildings in between, is easily traveled by foot. However, it should be noted that even in July the weather in Norway is unpredictable. If getting wet is a problem, or if your stay and children’s temperament allows seeing a lot of museums, consider the Oslo Pass which offers not only unlimited public transportation and discount parking, but free admission to many of the museums and attractions in and around Oslo. Read more