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Things to do in Oslo

From the fjords and mountains to the nightlife and museums, there’s never a dull moment in Norway’s capital.

Our most recommended things to do in Oslo

Oslo: Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise by Electric Boat

1. Oslo: Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise by Electric Boat

Set off on a scenic sighting cruise from Oslo on an electric ferry. Admire the beauty of the region as you make your way through Oslo Fjord and check out natural and man-made features including Hoveøya Island, the Akershus Fortress, and the Munch Museum. Depart from central Oslo and admire views of the shoreline and sites incusing the Akershus Fortress, Opera House, and Munch Museum. Sail past Hovedøya Island with canons pointing over the fjord, Bygdøy Peninsula and iconic Fram Museum, and the picturesque Dyna Lighthouse. Listen to commentary from the onboard guide and learn about Oslo's history and the geography of the surrounding countryside it. Take a walk on the spacious decks and admire the views or relax in the climate-controlled indoor area. You can also enjoy some snacks and hot and cold beverages from the onboard bar (not included in tour cost). Choose between returning to the meeting point or disembarking at the Bygdøy Peninsula near the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and the Kon-Tiki Museum.

Oslo: Sightseeing Cruise through Oslo's Fjords

2. 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: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

3. Oslo: Oslo Pass with 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: Silent Oslo Fjord Electric Catamaran Tour

4. Oslo: Silent Oslo Fjord Electric Catamaran Tour

Depart from Aker Brygge and cruise out onto the fjord on a silent hybrid-electric boat. Admire the views through the large panoramic windows on the sides of the vessel. Pass a few iconic sights of the Oslofjord like Dyna Fyr, Heggholmen fyrstasjon, the Opera House, Akershus Fortress and the Oslo Fjord Sauna. During the tour, your guide will share interesting facts about nature and wildlife that lives in and around the city of Oslo.

Oslo: Paradox Museum Entry Ticket

5. 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

6. 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: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

7. Oslo: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

See all the major sights of Oslo with a convenient Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus tour ticket. Take the stress out of finding your way around a new city, and feel the ease of taking your time at each landmark or attraction. Opt for a 24 or 48-hour ticket, and get the most out of your visit with museum discounts, an informative audio guide, and a free set of headphones. Check the detailed museum timetable in the brochure and always know when the next bus pickup is scheduled. Experience Oslo's biggest highlights such as The Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, The Viking Ship Museum, Fram Polar Ship Museum, Akershus Fortress and Castle, and the National Opera House of Oslo.

Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

8. 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: Fjords Evening Buffet Cruise

9. Oslo: Fjords Evening Buffet Cruise

See the Oslo fjords from a traditional wooden boat and enjoy a buffet dinner as you take in the dramatic scenery. Admire the Bygdøy peninsula and cruise the network of waterways that stretch almost into the city center. The 3-hour evening buffet cruise will get you up-close-and-personal with the city’s dramatic scenery, while enjoying the ambiance of a fully restored ship, renovated to its former glory. Sail past numerous islands, including Hovedøya, and the Dyna Lighthouse. Navigate the narrow inlets and dip into sheltered bays to capture the capital on camera from different angles. The boat will pass close to the Bygdøy peninsula, housing many interesting museums as well as beaches such as Huk Bay. See the Maritime Museum with its veteran sailing ships moored outside, and the impressive Fram Museum, housing the polar ship of the same name. During your cruise, a buffet of Norwegian shrimps will be offered, while the bar will provide a wide range of hot and cold drinks (drinks not included).

Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

10. Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

With UNESCO-listed fjords and snow-capped mountain ranges that stretch around the country, Norway offers a land of alluring landscapes to tempt any traveler. The best way to see it is by train, bus, and boat, throughout a hassle-free day tour. Hop aboard to discover the countryside that frames the Bergen and Flåm railways, and admire Aurlandsfjord, Nærøyfjord, the village of Flåm, and more. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometers, and sits on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city center and northern neighborhoods are on Byfjorden, "the city fjord", and the city is surrounded by mountains. Bergen is also known as the "city of seven mountains". The Flåm Railway is one of the world's steepest railways. It is 20 kilometers long, with a descent of 865 meters and a gradient of one in 18. It also consists of 20 tunnels with a total length of 6 kilometers - evidence of the most daring and skillful engineering in the history of Norwegian railways.

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This relaxing tour was perfect for me and my mother. The boat had a nice bar with coffee and drinks as well as a comfortable bathroom. The views where spectacular and I would recommend booking it!

Beautiful to see Oslo from the water. The ship is very modern and quiet. Great!!!

The service was very good but there was little variety in the food sold on board.

Really good puzzle especially for seeing beautiful buildings

Very good way to see Norway from a different perspective.