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

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.

It was one of the best experience for exploring Oslo! Time of trip was excellent (7-10), weather was so nice and we enjoyed it! Kind crews, very good dinner and you could have as more as you wish. I'll try it the next year again definitely!

Very nice trip, pleasant time to spend. Beautiful views, some breathtaking images in the sunshine. Also good shrimps and wine or beer on the boat for extra money. All in all, I enjoyed the experience.

Very friendly staff. The deck is covered so in case of rain, its still enjoyable. The shrimp was served in abundance and the staff was very pleasent and helpfull

Great value for money. Very friendly and happy staff working on the ship. Delicious food. Beautiful scenery. All round pleasant experience.