Is Oslo Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

Located in the southeastern region of Norway, flanked by verdant hills and the Oslofjord waterway, Oslo is a cosmopolitan hub imbued with a rich tapestry of Scandinavian culture and history. Renowned as Norway's thriving capital city, Oslo is celebrated for its fascinating blend of architectural styles, from the ancient Akershus Fortress and the grandeur of the Royal Palace to the contemporary masterpieces like the Oslo Opera House. Known for its vibrant art scene, it's home to the world-class National Gallery, displaying Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream". Visitors also bask in the natural beauty of the numerous surrounding parks, including the popular Vigeland Park which features the intriguing sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. Lastly, Oslo has a rich connection to Norway's seafaring past, which is munificently exhibited in the Viking Ship Museum.

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Overall rating

4 /5

based on 14 experiences

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Things to do

4/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4/5

Budget-friendly

2.3/5

Solo travel experience

I had an amazing time and regret not staying longer. I highly recommend the Folk Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland Park and a walk by the water to see the beautiful Opera House. I managed to try one nice dish - a Norwegian waffle with brown cheese, cream, and jam. It was delicious. Initially, I felt incredibly uneasy being alone, but I felt safe and comfortable exploring the city.

Posted: August 7, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent eight days in Oslo in June. The weather was amazing, and of course it was light until very late. The parks, palaces, museums, saunas, food and people are wonderful. The waterfront area is full of great restaurants. I loved it and plan to return there.

Posted: June 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Oslo is a beautiful city, ideal for exploring on your own. I walked everywhere, except for taking a ferry ride to the Viking Ship Museum from the city center. I lived near the Summer Palace, in a charming area. I recommend exploring the palace grounds, the Botanical Gardens, the Munch museum, Vigeland and the park with over 200 sculptures, Dramstredet area full of old houses, as well as visiting the Akershus fortress and castle. I found the food to be expensive.

Posted: May 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I was there just last year. It is really a safe place. I never had any problems. Public transportation there is great. I really loved the Nobel Peace Museum and the Fram Museum. I stayed at the Citybox Oslo.

Posted: May 22, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Nazlıcan

Nazlıcan

Poland

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hey guys! i had a trip to oslo for one night and i got only 24 hours to see the city. It was enough for me because i got so tired from the walking/cold and i think i had the best moments of my life. First i wanna warn you about Oslo Torp airport, it is 1.5 hours away from the city and it was expensive than the plane😅 The weather was so so so nice when i get there. Almost everyone know english so it is nice to ask people. I started from the opera house, watched the sunset at the top, walked to the marina for 1 hour and it was night for me. I did couchsurfing in a guys house and he was lovely i felt so safe in Oslo. I didnt buy any food in Oslo because the guy cooked for me and i had other snacks through the day☺️ But i can say it is quite expensive. Next day i went to Lake Sognsvann and walked around it. It was frozen and people would ski and jug with their dogs! After i return to the city i went into the Munch Museum and i must say you should definitily go and see. That was my trip to Oslo:))

Posted: February 20, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I went to Oslo for a few days in December. I mainly focused on things to do indoors, as those interested me the most, but I also went to a charming Christmas market and ice rink, which I really liked. I also spent a lot of time on long walks along the waterfront. The views are charming and the water near the path was covered with ice, which was a first for me. I also spent a lot of time in Bygdøy, where the museums are located. The Folk Museum was nice in winter because I had almost the whole place to myself. Getting around Oslo was very easy, public transport is good, and everyone speaks English.

Posted: December 10, 2022Experienced: December, 2021
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Things to do: - Opera - Akershus Castle - Vigeland Sculpture Park - Botanical Gardens - Holmenkollen Safety: Oslo is safe and beautiful. Recommendations: Oslo is very expensive and can be explored in one day.

Posted: September 16, 2022
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Things to do: - Parliament Building - Royal Palace - Akershus Fortress - Opera in Oslo - Vigeland Sculpture Park - Port - Sognsvann Lake - Town Hall Safety: Oslo is very safe, even if you are alone. Just stay in the center of Oslo, and everything will be fine! Recommendations: Oslo is amazing if you love history. However, heading north for landscapes, hiking, and culture is a must.

Posted: September 9, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I took a ferry to Bygdøy to see the museums - it was really worth going there! I also liked the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the fjord cruise in Oslo, which was wonderful. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of vegetarian and vegan options in Oslo - there's a place called Nordvegan on Kristian IVs gate street that serves delicious food!

Posted: September 5, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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To Do: - Viking Ship Museum - Akershus Fortress - Vigeland Park - Royal Palace - Opera in Oslo - Munch - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History - National Museum - Fram Museum Safety: Yes, Oslo is completely safe for a solo female traveler. Recommendations: Oslo is a nice city, but quite expensive.

Posted: September 2, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Oslo is wonderful! The Ekeberg Sculpture Park is a pleasant tram ride from the city, and the view is amazing, both during the day and at night! Grünerløkka is very charming, although a bit expensive, but it's there that you will find many more specialized shops such as cool shops with used clothing, etc. My favorite place is the 70's cafe named Fuglen. My favorite spots are the botanical gardens in spring and summer, they are so beautiful, and the Tøyen area has so many good restaurants. You must take the boat from Rådhuset in late spring/summer to the islands, it is free if you have a travel card for Oslo, especially to Hovedøya. Bring your lunch and something to drink, and walk around until you find a nice place to sit, the farther from the main path, the better.

Posted: October 12, 2022
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The opera, the Munch Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, the ethnographic museum (the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History - a living historical interpretation museum, where you can see how Norway evolved physically and culturally), and the royal residence are places worth seeing in Oslo. If you decide to travel outside of Oslo, Bergen is fantastic. Try the scenic Flåm Railway to see some of the beautiful fjords.

Posted: May 25, 2022
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Hello, I am 23 and I am new to solo traveling. I love to hang out with friends and make new friends. And I like to explore and learn new thing!☺️

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Hello, my name is Nalani and I love reading, dogs and going to the beach. I’ve lived in Perth all my life but I also love to travel (:

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