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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: Fjords Evening Buffet Cruise

2. Oslo: Fjords Evening Buffet Cruise

See the Oslo fjords from a traditional wooden boat and enjoy a buffet dinner as you take in the dramatic scenery. Admire the Bygdøy peninsula and cruise the network of waterways that stretch almost into the city center. The 3-hour evening buffet cruise will get you up-close-and-personal with the city’s dramatic scenery, while enjoying the ambiance of a fully restored ship, renovated to its former glory. Sail past numerous islands, including Hovedøya, and the Dyna Lighthouse. Navigate the narrow inlets and dip into sheltered bays to capture the capital on camera from different angles. The boat will pass close to the Bygdøy peninsula, housing many interesting museums as well as beaches such as Huk Bay. See the Maritime Museum with its veteran sailing ships moored outside, and the impressive Fram Museum, housing the polar ship of the same name. During your cruise, a buffet of Norwegian shrimps will be offered, while the bar will provide a wide range of hot and cold drinks (drinks not included).

Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Hovedøya Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 833 reviews

Despite the weather being cold and misty - very enjoyable cruise with the inside cosy and warm when you wanted a break from the cold. The pier was easy to find and left on time.

Beautiful to see Oslo from the water. The ship is very modern and quiet. Great!!!

The service was very good but there was little variety in the food sold on board.

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

Very good way to see Norway from a different perspective.