Things to do in
Oslo

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

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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: 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: Oslofjord 2-HourSightseeing Cruise with Lunch

3. Oslo: Oslofjord 2-HourSightseeing Cruise with Lunch

Cruise for 2-hours down the iconic Oslofjord aboard a sailing ship while enjoying a delicious traditional lunch.   Sail via Hovedøya towards Nesodden and through narrow straits and bays past Vassholmene and Bygdøy. Pass the fjord's most interesting sights and see the charming summer homes and bathhouses.  Lean back, and as you enjoy the beautiful scenery, feast on a traditional fjord style prawn plate. Truly the perfect way to spend the day in Oslo.

Oslo Pass Including Public Transport

4. Oslo Pass Including 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 than 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. Along with your Oslo Pass, you will receive a booklet describing all the benefits for Oslo Pass holders. The pass is valid for all attractions listed in the Oslo Pass booklet 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, OURWAY Tours: Oslo City Walk. 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 Sculpture Park, 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, Museum of Oslo, Museum of Science & Technology, National Museum - Architecture, Natural History Museum, Nobel Piece Center, Nordic Bible Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norway's Resistance Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Reptile Park, Oslo Transport Museum, Popsenteret, The Kon-Tiki Museum, The Salmon - Science Centre, and The Vigeland Museum.

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

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

On board you will find find a detailed timetable in the brochure, so you should always know when the bus will pick you up. In Oslo, we run every day throughout the year, with the exception of days when the city is closed for official events and on some holidays. We work closely with several of Oslo's museums, and by buying Hop On AS's ticket, you get a discount on admission to selected museums. Taking a tour of Hop On AS's buses, you get a very good insight into the city. You will be informed about Oslo through our audio guide and you will be given a set of free headphones. Experience Oslo`s Highlights as The Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, The Viking Ship Museum, Fram Polar Ship Museum, Thor Heyerdahls KonTiki Museum, Maritime Museum, Akershus Fortress and Castle, The National Opera House of Oslo, The parade street, Karl Johans gate, The Royal Palace and the Norwegian Parliament Building and a lot more to see and do!

Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

6. Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Spend a day seeing the sights of Oslo, the oldest of the Scandinavian Capitals, from an open-top, double-decker tour bus. Your pass is valid for a full 24-hour period, and you can hop on and off at your leisure. You will enjoy 360-degree views from the open top of the bus and learn about the city’s history from your convenient audio guides. Hop off at the Ibsen Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the 19th-Century Norwegian playwright and poet, or jump off at the Royal Palace, former residence of the Norwegian and Swedish King Charles III, and the official residence of the present Norwegian monarch. Other top attractions include the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and the Oslo Opera House. Tour stops: 1. The National Theatre / The Royal Palace / Karl Johans Gate 2. Majorstuen (transfer to Holmenkollen) 3. Frogner Park & Vigeland Installation 4. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History 5. Viking Ship Museum 6. Kon-Tiki Museum / Fram Polar Ship Museum / Maritime Museum 7. Viking Ship Museum 8. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History 9. Oslo Cruise Ship Terminal 10. Opera House 11. Jernbanetorget / Bus Terminal / Central Station

Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

7. 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 Private Tour with a Local Guide

8. Oslo Private Tour with a Local Guide

Meet the local guide at your accommodation in Oslo and head out on a walking tour to explore the city. You’ll be in good hands with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. On this customized tour you’ll see some of the top attractions and hear about more that you can visit on your own after the tour. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident you have all the information you need.

Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

9. 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: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

10. Oslo: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

See the must-see highlights of Oslo on an unforgettable 7-hour grand city tour, including a visit to an Olympic ski jump right in the city center at the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Go to the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park and take a 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. No Oslo experience would be complete without a visit to the Fram Museum, where you can learn about Norwegian polar expeditions. Get a different view of Oslo on an inclusive 2-hour sightseeing cruise along the waterways of the Oslofjord inlet, where summer houses and cozy cabins nestle against the water.

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What people are saying about Oslo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,760 reviews

The nature was amazing!! The trip was a bit long but it was well worth it! And Bergen is such a great city to end in. Definitely recommend it! Itinerary was well organized and easy to follow.

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. The commentary was really interesting and found out lots about Oslo. Would definitely recommend

Cold evening but plenty of blankets and atmosphere to keep warm. Plentiful prawns and beautiful scenery

It is much better than I had supposed, it definitely exceeded my expectations, highly recommended

Very tranquil cruise; 2hrs just about right when it’s not sunny