Oslo audio tour: Downtown Oslo: Exploring the City's Highlights and History

Downtown Oslo: Exploring the City's Highlights and History

Walking Tour

90 mins

About the Tour

We're used to thinking that the world is out there but on this walking tour, you'll find that the world is contained within Oslo. Let one of Europe's most beautiful capitals seduce you as we take in the city's highlights from the Royal Palace and Parliament to the Noble Peace Centre and Oslo's Opera House.

Artist Lars Lillo Stenberg once described Oslo as the “smallest among Europe's colleagues, but largest in our small, long country. Located in the lap of Scandinavia, Located with the weird name - Oslo.” On this tour, I'll show you how apt a description that is. As you walk the city's downtown area, I'll tell you about the Munch Museum, the Nobel Peace Prize, Main Street, and Norway's National Day. I'll point out the city's unique proximity to nature too and shed light on what makes the city so typically Norwegian.

Whether it's your first time in the capital or you're a curious local wanting to find out more, this tour from town hall to the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Bjørvika is a valuable introduction to Oslo's history and culture.

Tour Producer


Lars Engerengen

A lovely night in May 1968 he was born, at Lillehammer, Norway. The interest for geography, history and transport/tourism has been following him all the time since, and today he lives high up north, administrating the public transport system in Finnmark, the northernmost county of Norway.
His passions in life within hobbies are writing and photographing, and he has published a book of the “Hurtigruten” – the coast liner going from Bergen to Kirkenes. He is aIso a permanent contributor to the largest Encyclopaedia in Norway.
Lars loves reading history of different places, and are especially focused on Norway, Finland and Russia. He is more than willing to share the history, and that is why he has made a lot of walking tours at VoiceMap.

Major Landmarks

  • The Royal Palace of Oslo

  • Nobel Peace Center

  • Oslo Opera House

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts by the pier, opposite the City Hall building. To get there, you have a few options. I would take the tram line 12 to Aker Brygge, and then walk in front of the ferries, to the middle of the square at the port. You may also get there using bus 31 to Rådhuset, and then cross the square to the portside.

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Places to stop along the way

Royal Park, the bazaars, Eger Square, Østbanehallen, the National Opera

Best time of day

Anytime is good, but daytime is ideal. If you would like to take some photos, and avoid peak traffic, take the tour in the evening, right after the sunset.


There might be a lot of traffic, so be careful crossing the roads.


Such a fantastic tour. Perfect directions. Good mix of background information and interesting facts about the city.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago

Really enjoyed the tour, was a nice way to see Oslo. A couple of areas felt that they could have been expanded a bit, maybe a few more personal experiences with the stops would be helpful if you have them. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago

I had an absolute fab time with this today, I wish there were more! One of the Frognerparken would be great to explain the statues!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago

The tour itself is great! Brings you around a lot of oslo main attractions.

If you have the time though, please use the moment where you pass by an attraction to properly enjoy it.
(for example, walk around the royal garden, climb the opera etc)

I know it's not the purpose of an audio tour but if you got more time on your hands, do it!

Posted by Remi L , over 2 years ago

Great tour, even for a Norwegian! I hope for some more tours perhaps along akerselva or gamlebyen some day.

Posted by Adrian L , over 2 years ago

Hi. Thank you !! I have been taken your idea, and a new tour in Oslo - "Upstream Akerselva" is soon to be published. Thank you for your kind words, and the idea.

Posted by Lars , over 2 years ago
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Downtown Oslo: Exploring the City's Highlights and History