Oslo ranks among the most expensive European capitals, yet it is 100% worth visiting for the turn of the year at least once in your lifetime. With numerous club raves, countdown parties, and downtown fireworks against a snowy backdrop, New Year's Eve in Oslo promises to be like no other.
At midnight, Oslo bursts into fireworks, which last for about 10 minutes. Bundle up and head to the harbor by Oslo City Hall (Rådhuset) and enjoy the most stunning pyrotechnics, launched in the very heart of the city. The display can be seen from anywhere across the central part of Oslo. Another official NYE firework display is hosted by Furuset sports park (Furuset parkourpark) in the northeastern part of Oslo.
NYE countdown parties
If you feel like celebrating indoors but with a swing, many restaurants and hotels across Oslo have special New Year's Eve events. Check in for NYE parties at the Rockefeller Music Hall or the Radisson Blu Summit Bar, boasting sweeping 21st-floor cityscape views. Please note that these and other popular venues book up quickly, so when possible, make your reservations well in advance, say a couple of months.
Things to do in Oslo
Apart from NYE celebrations, you may want to explore local landmarks, such as the Munch Museum Bjørvika (Munchmuseet) and Oslo Opera House (Operahuset). Or spend some time at one of the cozy Christmas markets around the city. Alternatively, enjoy the outdoors while sledding, tobogganing, or ice skating. For the most adventurous souls, there're also skiing and snowboarding or cross-country skiing options.
As elsewhere, December 31 is extremely busy in Oslo. So plan your vacation thoroughly and book your stay beforehand. See the options on the map below. For more details on Oslo NYE events, check with the official websites. You can find them in the External Resources.