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  • Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    1. Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    Discover Oslo's gorgeous Fjords on a trip into a dreamlike landscape. The dramatic waterways are a photographer's dream and give the city its lifeblood. On this 2-hour boat tour you will get a chance to see the best parts of these idyllic landscapes from the sea, offering a unique viewpoint rarely appreciated in these days of cheap air travel. Once aboard the comfortable boat, you will get the chance to purchase refreshments, before settling down to stare out at unbridled natural beauty. You will pass through narrow sounds, deep bays, and a maze of islands, dotted with picturesque summer homes. The fun tour will introduce you to the Norwegian coastline in an easy fashion, providing the sort of views that the Vikings would have seen back in the days of their great explorations.

    Very smooth boat trip, lots of sun, relaxing atmosphere. Perfect two hours spent on the Helena. You get to see rich people homes and also more rustic norwegian style homes on the surrounding islands and peninsulas. It’s well worth it, it changed our opinion of Oslo into a positive one.

  • Oslo: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

    2. 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.

    The panoramic tour of Olso was fabulous! Our guide was knowledgeable and had interesting facts to keep things light and fun! The bus was very comfortable and the driver did a great job getting around obstacles! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for the highlights to the further explore the area.

  • Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

    3. Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

    Explore Oslo like a local on this 3-hour 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. The leisurely tour is suitable for all fitness levels and ages, with plenty of stops for photos and visits of the main tourist attractions. Depart from the centrally-located Viking Biking store in downtown Oslo, and cycle on comfortable hybrid bikes to the pedestrianized City Hall Square, 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, visi...

    Our guide Josh was great. Plenty of informations. 3 hrs went by so quickly. Really recommend it.

  • Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

    4. Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

    Visit wonderful sights in Oslo including the Royal Palace, Parliament and Akershus Fortress whilst solving pieces of the puzzle in this immersive exploration game. Play the role of the majestic Harald Hardrada, Viking king and founder of Oslo. Play the game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Unlock stories and learn interesting facts such as how Oslo became the home of the Nobel Peace Prize. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Enjoy as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller teams and compete against each other. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in just over 1 hour. Explore without a guide, just download th...

  • Oslo: Express City Tour by E-scooter

    5. Oslo: Express City Tour by E-scooter

    E-scooters save you all the walking and they are fun too! Whiz around the city with one of our experienced guides and find out what it is to experience the Oslo way of life. In this shortened version of an e-scooter tour, you will explore Oslo's must-sees along the fjord line. The route includes seeing the Oslo Opera House, Akershus Fortress and Medieval city, City Hall, Aker Brygge, and Tjuvholmen.

  • Oslo: Akershus Fortress Self-Guided Mystery Tour

    6. Oslo: Akershus Fortress Self-Guided Mystery Tour

    Solve a murder mystery at Akershus Fortress with a self-guided activity. 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. Explore Akershus Fortress and its historic surroundings. Solve puzzles and tasks and utilize your problem-solving abilities and communication skills with your team. Learn more about the history of the site as you discover more with each clue. Connect the dots and learn who is the killer, before it's too late!

  • Oslo: Food Tasting and Walking Tour

    7. Oslo: Food Tasting and Walking Tour

    See the sights of Oslo on a 3 to 3.5-hour walking tour and sample some classic local foods and craft brews along the way. Stroll through a colorful market and pop into locally loved eateries to try everything from savory fish dishes to traditional waffles. Hear about the city’s intriguing history and culinary culture as you walk between the major sights. Savor the flavor of fresh fish, and get served a tasty dessert at a legendary local kitchen. Visit a local market off the usual tourist trail and sample some different cheeses before exploring the different stalls on your own for about 15 minutes. Visit the colorful hipster and student area to try some of the local beers. Taste the local water of life known as "aquavit" as the bar owner explains where the beers come from.

    This tour combined a sampling of delicious traditional Norwegian food and drink and a visit to Mathallen market with a pleasant walk through Oslo where we learned a bit of local history and culture. Ivana does a great job. One of our favorite food tours, and we have done many over the years. Highly recommended!

  • Oslo: Norwegian Explorers 3 Museum Tour: Vikings to Today

    8. Oslo: Norwegian Explorers 3 Museum Tour: Vikings to Today

    Start your adventure in the Oslo fjord just like the Norwegian explorers. Take a short boat trip to the museums. After a walk in the peninsula, arrive at the Viking Ship Museum to see three original Viking ships and hear the tales of courage and adventure that made the Vikings the conquerors of the 9th century. Visit the Fram Museum, the museum of the polar explorers, and come aboard the ship that made it possible. See the cabins and learn how these brave men lived. Experience a replica of the northern lights and feel sub-zero temperatures inside the chill room. Visit the Gjoa embarkation and listen to the story of the Northwest Passage. At the Kon-Tiki Museum, see the open embarkation made of balsa wood that took famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl to Polynesia in a 101-day adventure. Return by bus (winter) or ferry (summer) to the city center.

  • Oslo: The Taste of Oslo Food Tour

    9. Oslo: The Taste of Oslo Food Tour

    Norway is a country of diverse geographical zones, with an extensive coastline and mountainous terrain, all of which have influenced the foods of Oslo.  On this 4-hour food walking tour your guide will introduce you to the uniquely fresh flavors of the north while guiding you through some of the most interesting historical areas of the city. You’ll begin in the harbor area, where you’ll visit the most traditional restaurant in town, decorated as an old-fashioned fishing hut. Sample a plate of foods representative of the whole country! The micro-brewing scene in Oslo is flourishing and you’ll visit the most centrally located venue. Try locally made beers and see the smallest brewery in the city. Continue your walk through the old town, and up a winding road that takes you out of the city, stopping on the way for a gourmet chocolate, a staple of the traditional Norwegian Sunday hike. ...

    This was a great experience. The food tasting, the walk through Oslo, the many anecdotes from our knowledgeable guide, made it all into a great experience. If you you're in Oslo, I strongly recommend this trip.

  • Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

    10. Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

    E-scooters are all the rage. They are fun, ecological, and they save you time and energy so you can see more in a shorter amount of time. This E-scooter city tour is perfect for everyone who wants to get the most of Oslo's must-see attractions in a modern, fun way.  Be inspired by Oslo's rich history, green development and Norwegian culture with the best local guides and one of the most comprehensive tours available. You'll be able to see highlights such as the Norwegian Opera and Ballet building, Bjørvika district, Akershus Fortress and the vivid Oslofjord areas, and the Royal Palace with its beautiful park full of marvellous statues. Other highlights include Our Saviour's Cemetery, the final resting place for famous Norwegians such as Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, Oslo's sustainable laboratory, the Parliament building and Karl Johans street, which is Oslo's main boulevard.

    We really enjoyed being able to see Oslo city this way. Katerina was really friendly and easy going. We used the public e scooters the next day to revisit some places Katerina had taken us to.

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What people are saying about Oslo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,720 reviews

The guide shared a good overview of Oslo and also Norwegian community. The tour is also manageable for untrained bikers. Time to look around And to take photos

Our guide Josh was great. Plenty of informations. 3 hrs went by so quickly. Really recommend it.

Delicious food and a lovely walk round Oslo with our charming guide!

very fun to do! and still informative, highly recommended

Beautiful tour in around Oslo, lots of surprising views