Royal Palace, Oslo

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Royal Palace, Oslo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. 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

2. 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, visiting the Parliament, National Theater, University, and Royal Palace. After a charming downhill ride through the Royal Palace gardens, cycle through the beautiful neo-classical 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: 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Oslo: 2-Hour Walking Tour

See the highlights of Oslo with an expert local guide on a 2-hour walking tour of the city center. Available as a group or private option, the tour is ideal if you are short on time. Hit the sweet spots of the Norwegian capital, including the harbor area and medieval Akershus Fortress; Go to Oslo’s modern City Hall, and compare it with the grandeur of the Royal Palace and impressive Parliament building. At the Nobel Peace Center, find out why Norway is home to the cheese slicer and Nobel Peace Price. Take a peek at the quirky Opera House, and see other highlights of the Norwegian capital.

Oslo: Panoramic View and Sculpture Park Walk

4. Oslo: Panoramic View and Sculpture Park Walk

Your guide will provide information about most important sights in the city center, starting with the medieval Fortress of Akershus and the town of Christiania. Continue you journey into the heart of Oslo, discovering institutional buildings like the Norwegian Parliament, The Royal Palace and The University of Oslo.   Drive through the Royal Gardens, beautiful adorned with an array of flowers that will inevitably catch your eye. Get off at the one-of-a kind sculpture park at Frogner, made by only one artist. Find the sculpture you can relate to most in this selection of art dedicated to the themes of life.  Let your guide share the ins and outs of life in this vibrant northern capital while viewing the contrasts of its architecture. Drive to 300 meters above sea level to visit the Holmenkollen ski jump, probably the most famous skiing arena in the world. It is the only steel ski jump in the world and a monument to world-class engineering. As a bonus you will observe one of the most fantastic views of Oslo. Be inspired by the striking beauty of Norwegian nature in the northern woods of Nordmarka, where you will have a chance to visit a traditional wooden lodge and enjoy a delicious Norwegian cup of chocolate the Norwegian way. 

Oslo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

5. Oslo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Oslo. Download the smartphone app onto your phone and explore Oslo at your own pace. Start your tour when you want, and stop and go on your own schedule. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer trivia questions, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn interesting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. The tour route includes Oslo Central Station, Oslo Cathedral, Freiauret, the Norwegian Parliament, Oslo City Hall, the Nobel Peace Center, the Royal Palace, the National Theater, Uranienborg Church, Frogner Park, and more. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity or for special events like bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events.

Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

6. 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 the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

Oslo Highlights: Walking Tour

7. Oslo Highlights: Walking Tour

The city center is not the entire city of Oslo, but this excursion gives you an opportunity to take a look at the major tourist attractions located in downtown and the historical district Kvadraturen. During the tour you will see among others: the Oslo City Hall, the main street called Karl Johans gate, and historical buildings of the University. You will be able to view the Royal Palace and the Park, the Parliament Building, the Building of the National Theater, and lots of other buildings and architectural styles. The city center is also a place where you can find various museums, shops, as well as cafes and restaurants. The guide will surely recommend the most attractive ones for you, while taking into account your interests.

Oslo Essential Walking Tour

8. Oslo Essential Walking Tour

Your 3 hour tour starts near Oslo City Hall. After a general presentation you will go inside to see the famous classic hall and a few historical artefacts. Continue the tour by going to the pedestrian and hear fascinating stories about building around you: Royal Palace, The National theater, University, Paleet, Parliament building and much more. Go down the street to Oslo's beautiful embankment, where you will have chance to make breathtaking pictures of fortress Akershus, Oslo fjord with its islands, boats and sea birds. Follow the transformation of Oslo’s once infamous Tjuvholmen district into a new center for art and design. This is also a culinary center of Oslo where you can find cozy cafes with fresh bakeries near restaurants with seafood. After the tour, explore Tjuvholmen’s pedestrian lanes, where several art galleries have taken up residence. You will definitely find no problems with getting the information about where it is best to go shopping, where to get an entertainment (cinemas, operas, theaters, etc.), and where to relish delicious dishes of the Norwegian (or other) cuisine.

Oslo Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour

9. Oslo Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Channel your inner artist and form perfect impressions of Oslo on a walking tour of the inner city. See all the must-see sights, including the royal residence of Akershus Fortress and the imposing Oslo City Hall, built between 1931 and 1950. Delve deep into the history of Norway and its capital city, and learn more about the culture and customs of the people. Make your way to Frogner Park, and hear the enchanting story of how one man built the world’s largest sculpture park. See some of Gustav Vigeland's amazing creations, mostly made of local Iddefjord granite. Gaze in awe at the Monolith Plateau, where 36 figures represent the circle of life and the impressive Monolith totem is made from a single block of stone.

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.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Oslo

Overall rating

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based on 476 reviews

The World City Trail game for Oslo was really nice. On the one hand it's fun and you have to use your brain cells a bit, on the other hand you really learn a lot of interesting facts about the city of Oslo. I can only recommend!

Enjoyed it found out things I never expected to about Norway and saw some fantastic things we wouldn't have normally seen

Nice tour, you can see the most important sights in a short time. The German translation would be great.

Great way to get to know Oslo! Definitely recommend this tour.

Great tour, really enjoyed! Wealth of information!