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Five great things you can do for free in Oslo during spring 2022

The days are getting longer, and the temperature is rising. Here are our picks on making the most of Oslo for free this spring. 

Vigeland park
Here are our picks on the top free things to do in Oslo this spring. Pictured is Vigeland Park. Photo by Nick Night on Unsplash

Free admission to the Munch Museum (on certain days)

Whether you loathe or love the new Munch Museum’s design, it has certainly made a splash since it opened late last year. 

If you haven’t gotten round to seeing it yet and are potentially on the fence, then may want to know how to visit the museum for free. 

The museum, which contains the works of Edvard Munch, who bequeathed his works to the city of Oslo when he died, is running an offer until June, where there is free admission every Wednesday from 6pm until 9pm.

The offer is available on both the Norwegian and English versions of the website. You can book here

May 17th parades 

For the first time in three years, Norway will have typical May 17th, or Constitution Day, celebrations. This comes after previous celebrations have been curtailed and cancelled due the pandemic. 

This is a must-do activity if you’ve not been a part of non-pandemic disrupted celebrations in Norway before. 

Kids and marching bands will take part in parades, and large swathes of the population will be adorned in their national costumes. 

Forest walks and hikes

Later in the spring, the last of the snow will melt, and the cross-country tracks will give way to hiking trails. 

There are so many places in and around Oslo that make a perfect place for a spring walk.

Songsvann, and with good reason, is one of the city’s most popular nature spots. To get there, you will need to hop on the number 5 line of the Oslo T-bane and get off at the last stop, named after the lake. 

A lap around the lake is a brisk 3.2-kilometre walk. If you want a longer walk, you can continue on the far side out to the Ullevalseter hiking centre.

Sculpture parks

Vigeland Park is one of the Norwegian capital’s most famous attractions. Home to over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal and the famous Angry Boy statue, Vigelandsparken is an essential destination all year round.

However, it isn’t the only park where you can take a stroll while admiring some sculptures. 

Ekeberg Sculpture Park, close to downtown Oslo, is another park with international-renowned works, such as Venus Milo aux Tiroirs by Salvadore Dali. 

Then there’s also the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park in the Royal Palace gardens. 

Free attractions

The spring weather in Norway can be hit and miss. Therefore, it’s always handy to have an indoor and outdoor option when making plans. 

If the sun is shining, why not take a trip down to Akershus Fortress. The castle grounds are a popular recreational area and offer great views of the city and Oslofjord. 

There is also a free visitor centre where you can learn about the castle’s history.

If spring showers are in the forecast, then you can always pay a visit to another staple of the Oslo skyline, the town hall. 

Oslo City Hall is open to the public, and the inside is home to plenty of paintings and frescos. The main hall is also used for Nobel Peace Prize festivities.  

The museum is open 9am to 6pm daily, except Saturdays. 

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What you might not have known about Oslo’s Diechman Bjørvika library

Located in the heart of Oslo, the Deichman Bjørvika has recently been crowned Norway’s most visited cultural institution. However, there are a few things you might not have known about the mega-library.

What you might not have known about Oslo’s Diechman Bjørvika library

Spread over six floors and a stone’s throw from the central station and opera house, Oslo’s Bjørvika Deichman library has become a firm favourite since its opening in 2020. 

The library is the country’s most visited cultural institution, attracting 3.3 million visitors since it opened its doors to the public, according to figures from newswire NTB. 

However, a lot more lies beneath the library’s sleek modern architecture than books. These are a few things you may not have known about Deichman Bjørvika. 

It’s a great place to practice Norwegian

Every Monday, except for public holidays, the Red Cross holds Norwegian language training at 5pm for people who want to practice their skills with others

Tickets are handed out on the fourth floor from 16:30, and the language training takes place on the fifth floor. The event runs for 2 hours. 

You can practice with other participants, which can help you network and make friends if you are a new arrival.

READ MORE: Places to practice your Norwegian in Oslo

You can book a private cinema screening for free

They say the best things in life are free, and we’ve all dreamed of being able to book a private cinema screening for ourselves before. 

But, did you know that you can book a free private cinema screening of a film in the library? Not only that, but the screening is completely free! 

Diechman Bjørvika’s mini-cinema can host films, documentaries, and short films in a screening room for 20 people. The mini cinema is on the 3rd floor, and a minimum of three people are required to make a booking. 

You can choose films and media from Filmrommet.no or FilmBIB, in addition to those from the library’s collection. 

It does come with a small catch. Eating in the cinema is against the rules. You can book here

Intended to be a social hub

If you haven’t been able to tell by now, you’re unlikely to get shooshed in this library for chatting to a friend. 

Designed to be a social hub, there are plenty of places where you can be social and make a bit of noise. For starters, there are various talks and lectures offered on an almost weekly basis. Then there are the meeting rooms. 

If you fancy giving your brain a rest, there is also free shuffleboard situated by the windows, allowing for views of the Oslo fjord.

There are also Friday night social meetings and a free junior cinema for younger visitors. 

Plenty of opportunities to get creative 

Some hobbies can take quite a bit of money to get into, or the equipment might take up too much space. Luckily, the Deichman has plenty of space and opportunities for people to try something new, get in touch with their creative side, or pick up a forgotten passion. 

3D printerssewing machines and vinyl cutters are some equipment visitors can use at the library. There is also a creative workshop with tools that can be borrowed and where you can meet others who quite like tinkering with odds and ends

Other creatives have plenty of things to sink their teeth into as well. There’s a DJ deck with headphones, Serrato DJ Pro software, Pioneer DDJ-SR2 controllers, and a touch screen interface. Aspiring disk jockeys can bring their own songs on a memory stick or use the library’s Tidal subscription. For chatterboxes, there is also a podcast studio 

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