What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?
Ice skating. downhill skiing. Cross country skiing. Hiking trails everywhere with cozy cabins along the way that sell waffles and coffee. Check DNT maps to find cabins that serve food and snacks. - Jan 2020
Outdoors. Join DNT and get out into the woods. Take the ferries to the islands in the summertime. Enjoy the long nights in summer. - Dec 2015
Get outside! Given the (extremely) high cost of living here since all jobs pay a living wage (enjoy that US$15 cup of coffee or US$25 beer!), hikes and many outdoor activities are by far the most affordable. Exploring outside the city center of Oslo is fun and getting outside the capital to see more of the country is required! - Jun 2015
Once you have seen the main sites in the city (Holmenkollen, Opera House, Vigeland's Park, Aker Brygge, Sognsvann), there's not a lot else to see, but the outdoors are right on your fingertips - the subway literally drops you off at the foot of the forest for skiing in winter or hiking in summer. Norwegian Air offers low-cost flights throughout the country and the rest of Europe. There is lots to see and do in Norway in general, as long as your pocketbook can handle it! The flights may be cheap, but hotels in Norway are a different matter! - May 2013
Hiking in the mountains - going by the Oslo fjord and hanging out by the pier. In winter: cross-country ski anywhere or go downhill skiing - a 20- minute drive or train ride from most parts of Oslo. - Aug 2011
Hiking, skiing, sailing, exploring the stave churches and historical sites, tons of museums, live music venues. Most American films are in English with Norwegian subtitles (except children's films). - Jun 2009