Oslo audio tour: Exploring Downtown Oslo

Exploring Downtown Oslo

Walking Tour

40 mins

About the Tour

Explore the downtown highlights of Oslo with me. We'll start at the port, in front of the city hall, and trace a route up to the Royal Palace, before walking the entire Karl Johan Avenue. We'll eventually end the tour in Bjørvika, the bay with a perfect view of the National Opera and Ballet. Along the way, I'll fill you in on some of Norway's history, its royal family and famous writers, all while taking in Oslo's famous sights.

Tour Producer


Lars Engerengen

I was Born in Lillehammer in 1968, and have for the last 20 years been living in Finnmark - the northernmost county of Norway. I work as a senior executive officer within public transport at the county administration. I Have a great passion for sharing local history with visitors. My hobby is nature photography and writing. I have published a book about the ships in the "Hurtigruten" line, and am a permanent contributor to the largest Encyclopaedia in Norway.

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.


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 , 6 months 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 , 7 months 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 , 12 months 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 1 year 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 , 12 months ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations. Purchase to hear all 36.