Oslo, Norway

Oslo ‘Runseeing’ Tour & Slottsparken

Creative Commons: Mariano Mantel

A “runseeing” tour of some of Oslo’s highlights. A lovely combination of parks, waterfront paths and some roads that pass Oslo’s major landmarks: The Royal Palace grounds, the Nobels Fredssenter, Opera House, Akershus Fortress, Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Oslo Cathedral. Overall route ~10 km, or save 2 km by eliminating the Tjuvholmen section.

Slottsparken. CC: Wolfmann

Start at the area around the Parliament Buildings, and pass head east on paths through Karl Johans Gate and Studenterlunden Park toward the Royal Palace — a grand section!  Cross into the Royal Palace area and park (Slottsparken), with a memorable approach to the palace and then a ~2 km loop around the scenic, hilly grounds. Then, south, using Olav Vs gate to access the Tjuvholmen, with a nice waterfront path leading to spectacular Museum of Modern Art. This section is 2 km out and back. Then, continue south along the waterfront path, passing the 13th-century Akershus Fortress. Then head east for a loop around the Oslo Opera House area, and a jaunt down the waterfront Middelalderparken, with views of a fjord. The final 1.7 km section heads back west through the Barcode Project and the center of Oslo, passing the Oslo Cathedral.

Opera House

Add-Ons: Additional Paths in Slottsparken. Can also head north of Slottsparken for 0.5 km to Bislett Stadium, famous for the Dream Mile. The tracks (outdoor and indoor) are open to the public. Near there are the hillside St. Hanshaugen park & Stensparken park.

Essentials
  • 10.7 km (6.7 miles); Can save 2 km by eliminating the Tjuvholmen section.
  • 58m (191 feet)
  • Parliament Buildings
  • Subway: Stortinget

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Essentials
  • 10.7 km (6.7 miles); Can save 2 km by eliminating the Tjuvholmen section.
  • 58m (191 feet)
  • Parliament Buildings
  • Subway: Stortinget