Oslo was the first trip I took in my current “dash around Europe as much as possible in two years” game I have been playing with myself since January 2016. The flights were ridiculously cheap for a winter weekend break in Oslo, and it was only when I checked out the weather a couple of weeks beforehand that I realised why. Minus 16 degree temperatures and thick deep snow aside, Oslo was an enchanting city break location in spite of this. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that Oslo was truly beautiful because of it.

Moody skies, glistening trees and snow capped houses were juxtaposed between palatial houses, vast parks and fjords that disappeared off into the distance. Oslo is the perfect city break location, so if you want to visit in winter, here are 10 photos to get you clocking on that book now button!

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If this has inspired and intrigued you to don your thermals (you’ll need them!) and get flights booked, You might want to plan a snowy boat trip on the fjords, and a visit to the incredibly haunting sculpture park. If you do visit, there are plenty of cosy cafes and bars to warm up in, and actually Oslo is very geared up to deal with snow, so you don’t need to worry about getting around!

Let me know your favourite places for a winter city break in the comments!


Weekend in Oslo | Oslo in Winter | Norway City Break | Oslo in the Snow | Europe

Weekend in Oslo | Oslo in Winter | Norway City Break | Oslo in the Snow | Europe
Weekend in Oslo | Oslo in Winter | Norway City Break | Oslo in the Snow | Europe

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  • Beautiful photos – Norway is just made for winter 🙂 I went to Oslo a few years ago and I was enchanted by the snow 🙂 must go back one day and go north to see the aurora borealis! xx

    Tamsin | A Certain Adventure

    • I want to go further North too! Northern Lights are very much on my bucket list 🙂

  • Your photos are stunning. I especially love the ones of the little homes over the water. I visited in Oslo in February when there was a little less snow but sad to say, I found it seriously dull. Sorry! I guess that is the joy of travelling – that we have all different tastes. I do want to go back to Norway to visit the fjords though.

    • Ah I’m so sorry to hear that Anne! I think it is less packed in terms of attractions, but the overall feel of the place made me feel so comfortable.

  • Kavita

    Oslo is already on my list, as we really want to explore more of the great Nordic cities. I wasn’t sure about a winter visit because of the dark long nights and short days, but the quality of light and the views of the city all covered in snow do look really beautiful!

    • I think we took a chance, and yes the days are shorter – it was pitch black at 4pm! But it’s so beautiful it was worth it.

  • Lois Alter Mark

    We were just in Oslo over the summer and absolutely fell in love with it. Your photos definitely make me want to go back and see it in the winter!

    • I’d love to do the reverse and see it in the summer now!

  • Daniels Beitss

    I totally love Oslo but I feel its a city you only need a couple of days in. I been there a few times and think it is now just a place to stop over. 😀 Love the blog and your photos are fantastic. 🙂

    • I agree – I’m not convinced we’d go back just to visit Oslo, but use it as a stopping off point for others.

  • Would love to explore Oslo one day. The flights from London are super cheap to Oslo so there really is no excuses! Great article 🙂

  • My Normal Gay Life

    Fantastic photos! It’s a dream of mine to visit the Lapland at Christmas and these photos definitely reinforce that dream! It looks like a winter wonderland!

    • It was so wintery and gorgeous, the perfect post-Christmas pick me up 🙂

  • Niels Thomas

    Very nice pictures, just sad that Oslo is and remains such an expensive city. I was there this summer and really had a great time! 🙂

    • Sadly Oslo is quite expensive, but we did find some ways to make the most of our budget there, you just have to plan a little more!

  • Suruchi Mittal

    Thinking about -16 degree gave me goose bumps but the pictures and beauty of place in snow is purely thrilling. I will go crazy seeing these amazing colours. So, I really need to think about visiting Oslo in winters.

    • I mean it was absolutely FREEZING! But with the right clothing it was manageable and all the indoor spaces are so cosy!

  • Lovely photos. Makes me want to go to Oslo this winter. How I wish winters would be warmer, hahaha. I would like to live in one of those houses on stilts. I find that photo the most beautiful of the lot.

    • The houses are amazing – they looked just like a Christmas Card.

  • J.I. Mengad

    Even for my Canadian butt, Olso looks like a very cold place. I imagine it being very humid. Did you still enjoy it despite the freezig weather? Any measures you took to keep enjoying it? I normally wear several layers or merino wool which is perfect for such conditions. Well done on the post! I really enjoyed it!