What to Do With 6 Hours in Oslo

When I found round trip tickets to Berlin for less than $700 a month ago, the only catch was a six hour long layover in Oslo. As someone who struggles to sleep on overnight flights, I was worried this would be a disaster, but it actually worked out quite well and I was able to explore the city last Saturday as I hoped!

In fact, Oslo is one of the best cities to have a layover because it only takes 19 minutes to reach the city center from the airport via high-speed train, at a round-trip cost of ~$44 USD. Simply store your luggage at the airport (I paid $6) and then make a right, and walk straight until you see the turnstiles – where you can simply swipe your credit card and make your way to the Wifi-equipped Flytoget train.

Oslo Central Station where I arrived:

Oslo Central Train Station

After waking up at 5am (11am Oslo time), my first stop was to Stockfleths, a nearby Norwegian coffee shop. Then I continued walking westwards to Ting, a cute design shop I read about in Design Milk, located at Akersgata 18:

Oslo Ting Design Home Shop

Oslo is wonderful if you’re into home décor shops – there’s way more than I was able to visit and they all looked incredibly cute!

Milla Boutique is another amazing shop you’ll find in the Tjuvholmen neighborhood of Oslo, a very chic and modern peninsula, south west of the Oslo train station.

Milla Boutique Oslo Entrance

Milla Boutique Oslo

Milla Boutique Oslo
Milla Boutique Oslo

Milla Boutique Oslo

I visited the famous Astrup Fearnley Museet for two special exhibitions:

Astrup Fearnley Museet - Anselm Kiefer - The High Priestess

Finally some of the modern architecture you can see around Oslo:

Oslo Modern Architecture

Oslo Modern Architecture

Overall, Oslo was a beautiful city that I wish I could have stayed in longer! It’s also a popular starting point to discover the Norweigan countryside (Trolltunga, anyone?!) which I definitely need to start planning for! :)

September 26, 2015

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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Your pictures look amazing! I have a 6 hour layover in Oslo in a few weeks and contemplating leaving the airport to explore as well. Was there a long line to get back through security?


Thanks so much! I don’t recall there being an excessive security line! :)



Never visited Oslo but it looks like a wonderful place! Thanks for sharing these amazing photos!
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Thanks for reading, Carine! :)


I’ve never been to Oslo, but these pictures gave me some new dose of inspiration! Hope to stay in touch!

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Thank you for reading, Nataliya! :)


I love European city town centers. They are so walkable and historic. It’s fun and relaxing to explore. It must be a super convenient trip to the city if you were able to get so many pics for a blog post in one layover. Love your photos!

xx Yasmin


It was the most efficient system I’ve ever seen! I WISH we had something like this from JFK to Manhattan! If only! :)

Thanks for reading, and very happy you liked the photos! xx


amazing pictures, i would love to go there!!!


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