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Oslo: Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise by Electric Boat

1. Oslo: Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise by Electric Boat

Set off on a scenic sighting cruise from Oslo on an electric ferry. Admire the beauty of the region as you make your way through Oslo Fjord and check out natural and man-made features including Hoveøya Island, the Akershus Fortress, and the Munch Museum. Depart from central Oslo and admire views of the shoreline and sites incusing the Akershus Fortress, Opera House, and Munch Museum. Sail past Hovedøya Island with canons pointing over the fjord, Bygdøy Peninsula and iconic Fram Museum, and the picturesque Dyna Lighthouse. Listen to commentary from the onboard guide and learn about Oslo's history and the geography of the surrounding countryside it. Take a walk on the spacious decks and admire the views or relax in the climate-controlled indoor area. You can also enjoy some snacks and hot and cold beverages from the onboard bar (not included in tour cost). Choose between returning to the meeting point or disembarking at the Bygdøy Peninsula near the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and the Kon-Tiki Museum.

Oslo: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

2. 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

3. 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: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

4. 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: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

5. 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!

Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

6. Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

Climb aboard a local ferry to your first destination at the start of this fun island-hopping adventure. Sail to Hovedøya ("Main Island") where some of Oslo's best history and coastal scenery will be revealed. Learn how English monks came to Christianize post-Viking Oslo and set up a powerful abbey on the island nearly 1,000 years ago. Admire the well-preserved ruins as you walk among the chambers and rooms. Hear stories of Norway's transition from the Viking era to become part of a Christian Europe. Continue through sheep pastures and birch forests to arrive at the old ramparts and cannons from the 19th-century Napoleonic Wars. Explore the rugged coastline and stop at some beaches and lookout points before returning to the pier to catch another ferry to the island of Lindøya. Arrive at Lindøya and experience the charm of a summer retreat. See traditional wooden homes and gardens of flowers that contrast beautifully with the surrounding fjord. Get fantastic views from the summit of the island and work up an appetite for a picnic lunch. Stop at a local food store, if needed, to pick up something to eat. Enjoy your picnic on a southwest-facing beach and soak up the immense views of the water and hills. Then, jump on another ferry and sail past the island of Gressholmen, where the nature preserve is home to thick forest, sea cliffs and hidden beaches. Catch the ferry back to the city center and get an amazing entry into the port. Marvel at some of Oslo's most iconic sites, such as the old fortress of Akershus Festning, City Hall and the revitalized port of Aker Brygge.

Oslo Beer Tour with snacks

7. Oslo Beer Tour with snacks

Enjoy the unique atmosphere of evening Oslo in combination with traditional Norwegian 'tapas' and (alcoholic) drinks, 'taste' the real Norwegian culture and have fun with fellow travellers. You will start the tour with 30 minutes of guided tasting session of some of the best traditional Norwegian food products. Then you'll move to explore some of the most beautiful Oslo highlights, such as Akershus Fortress, City Hall, Nobel Peace Center and Harbour promenade where you'll be able to savour two different types of traditional Norwegian akevitt. After that you'll continue with more sightseeing and you'll visit the Norwegian Parliament, Karl Johan Street and the Royal Palace. The tour is concluded with beer tasting session in one of the best beer bars in Oslo where you'll learn more about Norwegian beer culture.

Oslo: Private City Center Highlights Guided Walking Tour

8. Oslo: Private City Center Highlights Guided Walking Tour

See Oslo's top sights and attractions on a fascinating 3-hour walking tour. Set out from City Hall – home of the yearly Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Explore landmarks such as the Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the University of Oslo. Marvel at Akershus Fortress, and wander through Aker Brugge ― a revitalized waterfront area and now home to a bevy of stores, bars and restaurants. Visit the Tjuvholmen district, a foodie haven that also boasts numerous art galleries. Get expert tips on the best spots to drink, eat and shop in the area.

Myth and Legends Oslo Walking Tour

9. Myth and Legends Oslo Walking Tour

Oslo is more than 1000 years old, and its history is filled with horrifying stories, ranging from the time of the vikings to bloody battles between neighboring countries. Discover the old Royal palace that became a recognizable symbol of the city. As you walk around the fortress, your expert guide will show you a different, dark side of buildings and squares – in rich, engaging detail. The route of this 2-hour walk allows you to see all the main attractions of the very center of Norwegian capital. You'll start at the City Hall, visit Akershus fortress, walk in the oldest part of the 17th century city Kvadraturen and finish on the main street Karl Johan where you will see the Parliament, the National Theater, the University, the Royal Palace, and the Grand Café.

Oslo: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Akershus Fortress

10. Oslo: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Akershus Fortress

Solve a murder mystery and explore the stunning surroundings of Akershus Fortress during this interactive, self-guided true-crime mystery tour. Receive your envelope with clues and play the role of lead investigators as you set off with your team on a quest to unravel this sinister crime. Immerse into the year 1965 and become a member of highly-respected family of investigators, and you want to live up to their standards. During a celebration party of the Oslo police, a not attending officer finds the body of a dead woman on a hill near Akershus fortress. As a junior investigator, the task of finding out what happened falls on you. Explore Akershus Fortress and its historic surroundings and take the chance to finally prove your worth as much is at stake. Not only the honor of you and your family, but also the safety of Oslo's streets! Crack the mystery as a trusted investigator and learn about the story inspired by true events. Race against the clock to gather sufficient evidence and find the right suspect to ensure the peace of Oslo's citizens. Take on the challenge of finding the murderer. For those in a bigger group, you can split up into several teams and compete against each other.

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What people are saying about Akershus Fortress

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 816 reviews

The trip is really amazing, the electric boat is very silent we didn’t even notice we were sailing already. You won’t get seasick on this trip. The environment is great. Make sure you are properly clothed, although you can decide at any time to sit inside or outside. The staff was very attentive, especially the person selling food and beverage. He was very accommodating and assistive, kudos to him. We’ve felt very taken care of. However, the audio tour wasn’t always clearly understandable. But then, we were quite chatty within our group. It would be cool if alcohol could be sold. I that would be perfect. In any way I highly suggest this trip!!

We really did enjoy the trip and the guy who is selling food is very asisstive and knowledgable kudos to him! I just suggest for the trip to have more food or hope you offer a longer trip with food

Well worth the money! Very helpful staff at Oslo S when collecting the pass and so easy to use on buses, trams and entrance to Rose Castle and Folkmuseum's Xmas Fair.

Traveling alone I appreciated an English speaking guide to show me the central area of Oslo's sites.

Great trip; excellent commentary. Blankets provided as well for outdoor.