There are several great ideas for day trips from Oslo and there is a day trip for every type of traveler and every season. Some focus on sightseeing, others on city destinations or relaxing scenery near Oslo.
Day trips from Oslo to Lillehammer, the famous romantic Norwegian town, are becoming more popular each year. Trains leave hourly from Oslo to Lillehammer.
You can also drive to Lillehammer by simply following the E6 highway. Lillehammer is a two-hour trip from Oslo. A destination that's scenic in summer, and romantic in winter.
Copenhagen's Tivoli was the model for this amusement park outside Oslo. Filled with loop and corkscrew-style roller coasters, TusenFryd also offers a water park, a 67-meter spaceshot, carousels, and more than 20 other rides.
A bus runs between Oslo's main bus station and TusenFryd during opening hours. It's a great day trip from Oslo for families.
Here's one of the most popular day tours of Oslo: The Grand Tour. It's an interesting 7.5 hour guided tour by sailboat and bus, showing you all around Oslo. Stops include Polarship Farm, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Vigeland Park, the Viking ships, and the Norwegian Folk Museum.
This guided tour operates May through September and is great if you want the comfort and convenience of a guided group tour.
Bergen is absolutely doable as a day trip from Oslo, but you'll have to fly. Driving from Oslo to Bergen takes about seven hours. Flying from Oslo to Bergen, on the other hand, is a quick 50-minute trip.
Considering flight prices start around $150, this may not be a day trip suitable for budget travelers, though.
The same goes for a day trip from Oslo to Trondheim. It's too far to drive but if you don't mind a one-hour flight, the historic city of Trondheim is a unique destination for a day trip from Oslo.
Add the historic and scenic 2.5-hour walking tour of Trondheim to your day, and you'll be all set.
Combine Oslo's Parks and Royal Gardens
Plan a relaxing day trip to the parks and gardens around Oslo. Especially Vigeland Park and the royal Slottskogen should be on your list. Slottskogen, which surrounds the Royal Palace in Oslo, even lets you witness the Changing of the Guard.
If you have some time left in the afternoon, also stop by the beautiful Botanisk Hage Gardens & Museum (the Botanical Garden of Oslo).
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is Norway's most popular sports-related attraction for travelers. Visitors can enjoy lots of interesting ski history and a beautiful view of Oslo and the surrounding Oslo Fjord. And if you get bored, you can even experience flying 100 meters in the world famous ski jumping hill...inside the ski-simulator, that is.
This idea for a day trip from Oslo is suitable for all seasons.
Just want to relax on your spare day in Oslo? Then just spend your day at one of the nearby beaches. Summer travelers are often surprised at the many beautiful beaches in Norway.
With a short swimming season due to the weather in Norway, it's best to learn where the best beaches in Norway are before you travel.
How about a trip exploring the shopping areas of this bustling metropolitan area? There are four major shopping areas in Oslo (especially the popular Karl Johans Gate pedestrian zone), and it's fun to combine two or three for a day of shopping in the Norwegian capital.
In Oslo, shops are usually open from 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays, with extended evening hours on Thursdays. This is a great day trip idea in winter, too!