Oslofjord

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Best Ways to Spend A Day on Oslofjord

The fjord - or a sea inlet, usually surrounded by cliffs - is part of the geographical Norwegian imagination. So it's only fitting that the capital, Oslo, has its own! What are the best ways to while away the hours on Oslofjord?

  • Cruise

    1. Cruise

    Relax for a couple hours, taking pictures of traditional seaside homes, as well as the mountainous natural landscape. Add a shrimp dinner or see a live blues performance on board!

  • Bike Ride

    2. Bike Ride

    The freedom on a bike is always the best! Glide along and breathe in the salty fjord air, it's nothing short of perfect. Rent a city bike card at the Oslo Visitor Center!

  • Island Hopping

    3. Island Hopping

    Get away from the city buzz and experience some tranquility on one of Oslo's islands. Forests and hiking trails make this a retreat for residents and tourists alike.

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Spring or summer - March to September - will have lovely weather, although it may be a little rain-prone!

  • When do cruises begin?

    It depends where your starting point is - whether it's from the pier in front of City Hall or Opera House, it will be at 9:45AM and 10:15AM respectively. Cruises last up to two hours.

  • Are there any days the cruises don't run?

    May 17th is a national holiday in Norway, as are December 24th and 25th.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Visit Oslofjord anytime, but check cruise times in advance, which vary.
  • Is it expensive?
    Strolling the fjord is free, but the activities you choose to do will probably cost money.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the Inter City-train bound for Skien or the express bus to Fredrikstad.
  • Additional information
    ** It's possible to go around the fjord in a day, but better to reserve 2-3 days for the trip. | The area's best restaurants are closed in July when the locals go to their summer houses.*

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What people are saying about Oslofjord

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,010 reviews

Had a lovely time on the Oslo Fjord cruise. The ship was full, but didn’t fell too crowded. The views were really nice. The explanations were helpful and it was nice that they stop before the end, so we could go explore the museum. Would definitely recommend.

The tour departed on time as scheduled and took in some great sights. The crew were friendly and hospitable and mixed well with the guests

I recommend. Nice views of the surrounding islands and interesting information provided with, for example, draft beer and tasty shrimps.

Incredible views but we could not hear the guide because there were two men who did not shut up xD

Definitelly nice two hours. Just change the music on board please. The one was on was depressing