Guide to New Year’s Eve 2019 in Oslo – What to do, Where to eat, What you should know

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Fireworks by the Oslo Opera House. Photo: VisitOSLO / Nancy Bundt

Here’s a funny fact: Going out in Oslo on New Year’s Eve has gained popularity only during the recent years. In fact, the first public fireworks in Oslo was in 2008! Today,  Oslo has many options for those wanting to ring in the New Year in the city.

Fireworks
If you’re keen to see the fireworks, make sure you are in the Aker Brygge / Tjuvholmen or City Hall (Rådhuset) area. The best way to get there is with public transport: for example the tube to National Theatre station (the station is served by all metro/tube lines). From there it’s only some 5 minutes walk down to the waterfront where you’ll get the best view. Do note that private fireworks are not allowed.

Weather
As a rule of thumb, the colder it is, the clearer the sky gets… and the better for fireworks. But it also means that you want to add warming layers before you head out. Check the latest forecast at Yr website.

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Photo: VisitOSLO / Nancy Bundt

Transport
Ruter has service throughout the New Year. You’ll find more info on special timetables on the Ruter website or their app.

Vinmonopolet
Good news: all Vinmonopolet stores are open on New Year’s Eve (so you can get your bubbly), but they close earlier than normally. Check the opening hours of your store on the Vinmonopolet website.

Dining and going out
While some restaurants remain closed throughout the holidays, many have a special New Year’s events. As the offering is limited though, we recommend you book in advance. Here are some restaurants that have a special New Year’s menu or an event:

  • Olivia restaurants (several locations in Oslo, in terms of the fireworks the one in Tjuvholmen is recommended) serves a selection of their most popular dishes. Read more and book your table.
  • Restaurant Asia offers great Asian food and one of the best views of the fireworks. Read more and book your table.
  • Ekebergrestauranten has a special 4-course New Year’s Menu and probably the best view over the entire central Oslo, with its many fireworks. Read more and book.
  • Grand Café in the heart of the city center also has a special 4-course New Year’s menu. Read more and book.
  • Restaurant Festningen (“The Fortress”) offers panoramic views of Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen, and a festive 4-course menu. Read more and book.
  • BAR Tjuvholmen, a restaurant and lounge bar, is also open on New Year’s Eve, and London-based DJ Ask is coming to keep guests going into the early hours. Table booking is required. Read more.

Looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve? How about relaxing in the sauna by the Oslo fjord? Check out culture hub SALT’s New Year’s event. 

Author: johannainoslo

Johanna was born and raised in Finland, has travelled the world and settled down in Oslo, a city she fell in love with at first sight some 10 years ago. She is a wine lover, a journalist-turned-marketer, a top Tripadvisor contributor, a content strategist and a culture enthusiast. Enthusiastic about luxury travel, she founded Oslolux as a destination for inspiration, insights and recommendations for experiencing the best Oslo has to offer.

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