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A cosmopolitan city known for its world-class restaurants, shops, and museums, including the Munch Museum which displays Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” there are many reasons to visit Norway’s capital. If you don’t want to get behind the wheel, the public transport system is outstanding and there are plenty of bike lanes that make it easy to explore on two wheels. Oslo also offers a wealth of Airbnb rentals, making it easy to enjoy the comforts of home and save on dining out.
This renovated home has a fabulous urban design, located in the Sagene neighborhood known for its quiet setting while being close to bakeries, cafes, restaurants, shops, and the center of Oslo. It accommodates up to six in three large bedrooms. The high ceilings and large windows make it feel even more spacious, and it even includes a small outdoor garden too. You’ll even have views of the Akerselva River. The kitchen has all you need for preparing meals, while the mezzanine includes a comfy sofa and wide-screen TV with cable channels and Netflix. The host has even set up a desk with a computer that has a guest account for online browsing or printing.
This adorable home was constructed in 1850 and comes with loads of Scandinavian character. It was originally used as a cottage/stable for animals but today it offers the perfect base to relax and refresh yet you’ll be just a 5-minute walk to the metro and within walking distance from the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Enjoy a soundtrack of nature as it sits next to a small river basin where the flow of water can lull you to sleep. Deer are frequent visitors while the Nordmarka woods are nearby for tranquil walks. It includes a fireplace and some kitchenette items like a small oven with two stove-tops, a small fridge, a kettle, and a coffee maker.
An architecturally designed “mini-house” for up to two, this garden cottage is nestled in a private garden just a four-minute walk from the Skøyen train and bus station or three minutes from the Hoff tram stop. A 30-minute stroll along a nature path will bring you to the beach. While you’re here, you’ll appreciate the tranquil surroundings that include a view of a large apple tree. It includes Wi-Fi and a full kitchen with a coffee maker.
A classic sailboat right in the middle of the city, this rental offers a unique stay for up to five guests at a bargain price. It sits just opposite the Kongen Marina Beach bar and restaurant, which the host notes is a hidden gem ideal for brunch or one of the best burgers in town with a cold beer in the evening. In addition, you’ll have access to kayak and SUP rentals, as well as a relaxing soak in the sauna and a marina shower. The boat itself has two cabins plus a half-cabin, a functional kitchen, and a living room that can provide additional sleeping space for two more guests if you don’t mind the tight squeeze.
An extra-spacious apartment in a converted factory, this one-bedroom for up to two guests is ideal for a couple or a solo traveler, boasting a cool industrial design with carefully curated works of art. You’ll be immersed in an authentic modern Scandinavian experience, while enjoying all the necessities, including a high-tech kitchen with a dishwasher, Wi-Fi, and TV. One of the highlights to look forward to is sipping your morning coffee on one of the two lovely rooftop terraces.
Located in the Sørenga neighborhood, this two-bedroom apartment is close to many cultural attractions, including the world-renowned Opera house in Bjørvika and many elegant restaurants. It’s only a one-minute stroll to the seaside and a 10-minute walk to the city center. Accommodating up to six guests with 1,076 square feet of living space, it’s modern and minimalist with lots of natural light, high-end furnishings, and all the essentials. However, the highlight is arguably the expansive wooden deck. Here you can relax or dine while admiring the fjord, the cruise ships that pass by, and the quintessential Scandinavian scenery.
While this hidden gem is outside of Oslo, it’s just 20 minutes from the city for those who want to enjoy a unique, secluded location immersed in nature. A futuristic mirrored square cabin, it boasts million-dollar views of the Glomma, one of the most scenic rivers in Norway. It has a small yet fully equipped kitchenette with an espresso machine, with one bedroom featuring a double bed and en-suite bathroom with heated floors and a rain shower with spectacular views. The second bedroom is in a separate structure, with the entire rental tucked into a forest, providing a cozy wilderness feel.
This exclusive two-bedroom penthouse apartment is bright and spacious, accommodating up to seven guests. It offers a convenient central location near shops, restaurants, and metro stops, ideal for families with children, couples, business travelers, and all types of solo adventurers. The highlight is the large furnished veranda. Located on the top floor, the views are impressive. Plus, it includes all the modern comforts and then some, with a well-appointed kitchen, spacious dining area, and living room. Wi-Fi and a TV are included too.
If you’re in need of a large, private rental for a group of up to 11, this architecturally designed villa is spread over three floors with nearly 3,230-square-feet of living space. It also has a private garden covering almost 14,000 square feet, complete with a dollhouse and a garage. Built with local wood and other local materials, this traditional Norwegian villa dates back to the late 19th-century, yet it offers all the modern amenities. Walk to downtown in just 25 minutes, or take the bus with a stop steps away that can get you there in seven. Other highlights include a Finnish-style sauna, two fireplaces, a piano, and a dining hall that can seat up to 30.
Located on the outskirts of Oslo, this handcrafted traditional log house is very spacious, upgraded to accommodate up to 16 guests. It’s the only house in Oslo’s ski resort, providing ski-in/ski-out access in the winter, while downtown can be reached in about 20 minutes by car. There are five bedrooms, a bathroom with two showers, and a sauna for six available in the winter, ideal for warming up after a day on the slopes. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen and a large living room with a fireplace to cozy up to as well.
If you’re looking for the best view in Oslo, while being just a short distance from shops, cafes, and restaurants, with downtown a 10-minute walk away, this exclusive apartment is the one you’ll want to book. It accommodates up to six in three bedrooms, with the highlight four terraces and incredible water views. In the summer, you can even take a dip right from the pier.
Located in the popular Grünerløkka neighborhood, a short walk from parks, restaurants, bars, the river, and a botanical garden, this loft apartment sleeps six in three bedrooms. It offers it all, with a high-end kitchen, and all sorts of entertainment options like PS4, Playmobile, and Lego. There’s heated flooring, a small balcony, fast Internet, and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player.