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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 Pass Including Public Transport

2. 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 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: Paradox Museum Entry Ticket

3. 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 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: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

5. 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. 

Self-Guided Norway Tour: Oslo to Bergen

6. Self-Guided Norway Tour: Oslo to Bergen

This legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking UNESCO-protected fjord and mountain scenery, including Europe’s top scenic rail journeys. You will also enjoy a fjord cruise on the magnificent Aurlandsfjord and on the narrow Nærøyfjord. This is a self-guided tour, from Oslo, to Myrdal, to Flåm, to Gudvangen, to Voss, and then to Bergen. High up in Norway's mountainous “rooftop” at 866 metres (2,841 ft) above sea level is Myrdal, a remote mountain station serving as the junction between the Oslo-Bergen train line and the famous Flåm Railway. The small village of Flåm is one of the most popular destinations in Norway and Scandinavia due to its stunning scenery and location. Most have probably seen spectacular images of the landscape in Western Norway - steep, forested mountainsides that plunge into the blue fjord, waterfalls, narrow fjords and valleys. Gudvangen is a village in Aurland Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is a popular tourist destination and is located at the end of the Nærøyfjord where the Nærøydalselvi river empties into the fjord.

Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

7. 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: Street Food Culture Walking Tour

8. Oslo: Street Food Culture Walking Tour

Join a crash course into Oslo street cuisine on this guided walking tour that combines exploration of the city's hidden gems and the places offering the most typical flavors. Discover Norwegian food and become an Oslo street food specialist. Embark on a beautiful walk around Oslo's most popular river and discover the city’s hipster area and underground culture. Taste the most authentic dishes that serve as a savior for Oslopolitans during busy days and nights. Sample several types of local specialties that have become an integral part of Oslo culture: Norwegian waffles, the Norwegian hot dog, a special soft drink that is typical for Oslo, and more.

Oslo Christmas Tour

9. Oslo Christmas Tour

The experience starts with a short stroll around the Christmas-y city. On your way to the Christmas market village, you will learn a bit about Oslo's history and some of the most famous sights. After about an hour, we will move to the 'Winter village' which is the biggest Christmas marketplace in Oslo. You will be able to take the opportunity to warm yourself up with the traditional Norwegian drink, “gløgg” (mulled wine), or taste some of the traditional Christmas foods such as “julegrøt” (porridge), “julepølse”(pork sausage), or “tynnlefser” (flatbread) and learn everything you need to know about the Christmas in Norway. The tour is concluded with a cozy session by the fire where your guide will be telling you one of the most magical Norwegian Christmas stories while you'll be sipping your warm gløgg.

Oslo: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

10. Oslo: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

Get an introduction to the highlights of Oslo on a 3-hour panoramic sightseeing tour that is ideal, even for those short of time. Follow your knowledgeable guide to major landmarks, including the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, where the 1952 Winter Olympics was hosted. Get a fascinating insight into Norway's skiing history and enjoy incredible views of the city along the way. Continue your tour by comfortable sightseeing bus to the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park, where you can take a walk through the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Admire more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), cast in bronze, granite and forged iron.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,720 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!

I recommend the Oslo Pass. Public transport works very well and it's easy to get around the town.

Really great trip around the harbour and Oslo fjord