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Oslo

From the fjords and mountains to the nightlife and museums, there’s never a dull moment in Norway’s capital.

Our most recommended things to do in Oslo

Oslo: Sightseeing Cruise through Oslo's Fjords

1. Oslo: Sightseeing Cruise through Oslo's Fjords

Escape the city and uncover the stunning beauty of Oslo's Fjords on this cruise from Oslo. Chart a course thorugh narrow sounds, deep bays, and a maze of islands, dotted with picturesque summer homes. Hop aboard a comfortable ship with a spacious deck and begin your journey to uncover the natural splendor of Oslo's waterways. Have the chance to purchase tasty onboard refreshments, before settling down to gaze out at unobstructed views. Start with views of the city's waterfront and port before embarking out an area filled with hills and islands. Keep an eye out for wildlife like the graceful white-tailed Sea Eagle.  Discover the Norwegian coastline in a relaxed atmosphere allows you to transport yourself to back in time to when Vikings took their boats out on long expeditions of exploration.

Oslo: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

2. Oslo: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

See all the major sights of Oslo with a convenient Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus tour ticket. Take the stress out of finding your way around a new city, and feel the ease of taking your time at each landmark or attraction. Opt for a 24 or 48-hour ticket, and get the most out of your visit with museum discounts, an informative audio guide, and a free set of headphones. Check the detailed museum timetable in the brochure and always know when the next bus pickup is scheduled. Experience Oslo's biggest highlights such as The Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, The Viking Ship Museum, Fram Polar Ship Museum, Akershus Fortress and Castle, and the National Opera House of Oslo.

Oslo: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

3. Oslo: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

Oslo Pass is your ticket to the city of Oslo. The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo, this travel discount card grants you admission to more 30 museums and attractions, access to public transportation, guided tours, as well as special offers in restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Available in validity periods of 24, 48 and 72 hours, Oslo Pass is a great value and pays for itself very quickly. The pass is valid for all attractions listed in the Oslo Pass app and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus, tram, local trains, and on the ferry boats to the islands in the inner Oslo fjord. You can take the following tours with your pass: Oslo City Walks. Additionally, enjoy access to the Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath. Visit the following museums with your Oslo Pass: Akershus Castle, Armed Forces Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Ekebergparken Museum, Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Historical Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower, Holocaust Center, Intercultural Museum, International Museum of Children's Art, Kunsternes Hus, Labour Museum, MUNCH, Museum of Oslo, Museum of Science & Technology, The National Museum, National Museum - Architecture, Natural History Museum, Nobel Peace Center, Nordic Bible Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norway's Resistance Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Jewish Museum, Oslo Reptile Park, Oslo Transport Museum, Popsenteret, The Kon-Tiki Museum, Roseslottet and The Vigeland Museum.

Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

4. Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Oslo like a local on this bike tour of the major sights. Discover the parks, castle grounds, and paths of Oslo Fjord, and learn where to find the city’s best bars and restaurants from an expert guide.  Depart from the centrally located Viking Biking store in downtown Oslo, and cycle on comfortable hybrid bikes to the pedestrianized City Hall Square, the site of the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.  Enjoy an easy ride along the car-free paths of Oslo Fjord, admiring sweeping views over the city's harbor, islands, and surrounding hills. Continue to the Medieval and Renaissance castle of Akershus Festning, and climb off your bike for a brief walk along the ramparts. Then, ride down Karl Johans Gate, the most famous boulevard in Norway, visiting the Parliament, National Theater, University, and Royal Palace. After a charming downhill ride through the Royal Palace gardens, cycle through the beautiful neoclassical neighborhood of Frogner, making your way to the world-famous Frogner Sculpture Park. End with a long downhill ride to Oslo Fjord to visit a hidden jewel of a building built over the fjord. A final ride through the pedestrian shopping district of Aker Brygge brings you back to the Viking Biking store and the end of your tour.

Oslo: Paradox Museum Entry Ticket

5. Oslo: Paradox Museum Entry Ticket

Experience the world’s largest collection of paradox-based exhibits with this ticket to the Paradox Museum Oslo. Immerse yourself in experiential modern art that is larger-than-life. Capture fun and interesting pictures to share with your friends and family. Check in and show your ticket at the entrance before your timed admission slot. Follow the signs through a maze of exhibits that are designed to be experienced in a one-way flow system. Get incredible pictures of illusions with marked photo points that give you the best shot angle. Take the puzzle out of exhibits with descriptions that explain “what to do” and “what’s going on.” Learn more inspiring information with scannable QR codes. Feel free to ask questions about photos or get help taking group photos from the staff. Before returning to reality, visit the Paradox Boutique which sells a variety of games, clothing items, souvenirs, memorabilia, and gadgets.

Oslo: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

6. Oslo: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

See and experience the must-see highlights of Oslo on an unforgettable full-day city tour, including a visit to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Go to the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park and walk through the world's largest sculpture park created by a single artist. Visit the Norwegian Folk Museum with an outdoor collection of old Norwegian houses including the iconic Stave Church. Complete your Oslo experience with a visit to the Fram Museum, where you can learn about Norwegian polar expeditions. Get a different view of Oslo on an 2-hour sightseeing cruise along the waterways of the Oslofjord inlet, where summer houses and cozy cabins nestle against the water. Spot local wildlife before returning to the Olso city center. 

Oslo: Silent Oslo Fjord Cruise

7. Oslo: Silent Oslo Fjord Cruise

Depart from Aker Brygge and cruise out onto the fjord on a silent hybrid-electric boat. Admire the views through the large panoramic windows on the sides of vessel. Pass a few iconic sights of the Oslofjord like Dyna Fyr, Heggholmen fyrstasjon, the Opera House, Akershus Fortress and the Oslo Fjord Sauna. During the tour, a marine biologist will share interesting facts about nature and wildlife that lives in and around the city of Oslo. Approach the green islands in the fjord and watch as the underwater drone is launched. Take a peek at the underwater world and see if you can spot any animal or fish species.

From Oslo: Private Round-Trip Tour to Sognefjord via Flåm

8. From Oslo: Private Round-Trip Tour to Sognefjord via Flåm

Depart from Oslo early in the morning and travel by car towards the western fjords of Norway. Discover a part of the Bergen Railway by train with a ride from Geilo to Myrdal.  In Myrdal, enjoy a scenic train ride on the world-famous Flåm Railway. This rail route meanders through the mountains at a steep elevation. It is one of the most spectacular experiences in Norway.  Upon arrival in Flåm, visit the Flåm Railway Museum to learn more about this feat of modern engineering. Then, cruise along the two branches of Norway's longest and deepest fjord. One of the branches, Nærøyfjord, was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2005.  Enjoy the impressive views at the Stalheim Hotel viewpoint and take in the fantastic mountain landscapes of the region. Return to Oslo late at night after a full day of exploration.

Oslo: Oslofjord Cruise with Seafood Dinner

9. Oslo: Oslofjord Cruise with Seafood Dinner

Set sail from Oslo to the Oslofjord and visit both sides of this majestic fjord. Indulge in a seafood dinner as you cruise along. Enjoy seeing the city's stunning skyline as it is illumined at night from the water.   Hop aboard a comfortable and spacious ship. View the rolling green hills that hug and surround Oslo on the way to the fjord. Pass by picturesque bathing houses and summer cottages that dot verdant islands. Capture pictures of the fjord to share with your friends and family back home as you enter dramatic northern landscapes. Travel in comfort aboard a ship that is maintained to the highest safety standards. Sit down to a mouth-watering fjord-style dinner of shrimp, crayfish, crab claws, soft bread, butter, mayonnaise, aioli, and lemon. Return to your starting point in Oslo at the end of your scenic cruise.

Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

10. Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

Discover Oslo, Norway’s capital city, on these epic walking tours by day or evening with a flexible 3-day ticket. With the help of your tour guide, you’ll get an unparalleled insight into what makes this Scandinavian city stand out. On the day tour, circle Sentrum, Oslo’s diverse city center positioned on the Skagerrak strait, to show you its best landmarks, museums, restaurants, and bars. You can also join the evening tour to get the lowdown on Oslo’s hippest hang-outs and compelling contemporary art scene in the trendy Aker Brygge neighborhood. If you don't have time to join the tour on the same day you booked, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. After exploring many of the city's landmarks with your guide, including the Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace, Oslo Cathedral, and Opera House, use the app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Oslo and its incredible history. Best of Oslo includes: Oslo City Hall National Theater University of Oslo Norwegian Parliament Stortorvet Gjestgiveri Glasmagazinet Kvadraturen Oslo Cathedral Karl Johan Street Fire Tower Tiger Sculpture Oslo Second City Hall Gamle rådhus Ceremony Pier 3 self-guided route's main sights: Frogner Stadion Norwegian Opera House Trinity Church Karl Johan's monument Vestkanttorvet Grensen Losæter 7th of June Square Queen Maud's Monument Sorenga Bridge Damstredet ...and many more!

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What people are saying about Oslo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,960 reviews

Trip was very long and can get quite exhausting. Itinerary was super well-organised from train, railway, cruise to bus. I personally thought the cruise could be omitted if anyone planned to do this on their own. The tour is a fantastic way to do Oslo to Bergen. I would recommend hiking / cycling after the Flam railway which is just GREAT!

Curtis was super friendly and informative. We have been on many bike tours whilst travelling the world, and this one was one of the best! The 3 hours around Oslo flew by. Bikes were comfortable and extremely easy easy to manage. Highly recommend

It is a great thing to have during your visit to Oslo and saves a huge amount of time and money—really helped make the trip!

Agnis was amazing. He was very accommodating and even took me to see two stave churches.

Really great trip around the harbour and Oslo fjord