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Norway boasts truly incomparable sights, from magnificent fjords and stunning mountain scenery, to pretty world-heritage listed cities such as beautiful old Bergen. Nothing is too far from Oslo – whether you go by short scenic train ride or enjoy a spectacular drive along the country’s well-maintained roads.

Day Trips from Oslo

Baerum Verk

This restored ironworks, dating to 1610, is just 20 minutes from the city center. In addition to scores of charming stores, galleries, and workshops selling Norwegian crafts, art, jewelry, and design products, you’ll discover lovely cafés and restaurants.

5 miles north of Oslo’s City Center, Verksgata 15, Baerum Verk, 011-47-67-13-0018, www.baerumsverk.no
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip | crafts


Beautiful Bergen is Norway’s most picturesque city, with its moody harbor and medieval, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen wharf – ramshackle wooden buildings hidden behind gabled brick edifices, housing souvenir stores, craft shops, and galleries. Feast on seafood for lunch at Bergen Fishmarket.

292 miles northwest of Oslo, www.visitbergen.com
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip | culinary


The beautiful seaside town of Drøbak is the official hometown of Santa Claus, making it a must-visit for families. Take your time and explore the narrow streets, with their quaint little wooden houses, and take a boat to the nearby island fortress.

20 miles south of Oslo, www.visitdrobak.no
Tags: family | outdoors | culture | day trip

Tour the fjords

A great way to get a taste of the Norwegian fjords, the “Norway in a Nutshell” tour includes four spectacular train journeys, a magnificent fjord cruise, and a nail-biting bus ride. It’s doable in one long day, or you can break off from the group and rejoin the next day.

Norway in a Nutshell, Tours originate in either Oslo or Bergen (292 miles northwest of Oslo), www.norwaynutshell.com
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | fjord


Norway’s oldest town, Tønsberg is a popular getaway spot for Norwegians and is especially lively in the summer. Buzz around town at plenty of museums and old Viking graves, or just relax and enjoy the bucolic surrounding countryside.

63 miles southwest of Olso, www.tonsbergtourism.com
Tags: family | outdoors | culture | history | day trip

Tryvann Winter Park

Go walking, hiking, and sunbathing in summer, and snowboarding, skiing and sledding in winter at Oslo’s excellent Tryvann Winter Park. Ramble down any of the 14 walking trails and you’ll sense you’re in the middle of nowhere, even though the city is but ten minutes away.

6 miles north of Oslo’s City Center, Tryvannsveien 61, www.tryvann.no
Tags: family | hiking | skiing | outdoors | day trip

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