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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

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

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

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.

Our insider tips

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.*

What people are saying about Oslofjord

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 1,762 reviews

Great cruise on Oslo's Fjord. Musak & smokers were annoying though

I enjoyed this trip a lot. It was a beautiful summer's evening and taking the cruise was a relaxing way to spend pass the time. The boat is very nice and the staff are welcoming and helpful. The food is plentiful and whilst not exactly haute cuisine is quite acceptable (so long as you like prawns!). For the price, it's good value for money considering the cost of most things in Oslo. I have only two complaints really - the muzak was inappropriate and the presence of people smoking was hugely annoying. The fjord is enough for the senses without pop music and given the packing density on the boat it should be non-smoking - esp over dinner.

Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise Reviewed by

We enjoyed the musicians, views, crew and food.

We sat in the bow near the band and it was a lot of fun interacting with them and the other passengers in that area. The variety of music was wonderful and the vocals had a true jazz character. Arrive early enough to ensure a seat near the band in the bow. The cruise is close enough to shore to enjoy the waterfront Norwegian architecture as well as spectacular views of the port and the city. This cruise is a perfect jumping off point to orient yourself to the Oslo fjord and be wonderfully entertained at the same time. I will take the cruise again for sure.

Set Sail in Oslo: 3-Hour Jazz and Buffet Cruise Reviewed by

Immaculate sailing vessel, polite crew, and beautiful scenery

The sightseeing tour was aboard an old, but immaculately maintained wooden sailing schooner(?). The crew was very polite and motored the boat around the fjord with great skill. The commentary was minimal and I would have liked more details about the history, natural history as well as the flora and fauna that live in around the fjord. Being October, it got quite chilly aboard, but the crew brought out mounds of blankets to wrap up in, and supplied yummy warm drinks. The wooden folding chairs were rickety and uncomfortable but no one seemed to mind.

Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by

Beautiful boat and vistas. Good food and drink. Complimentary blankets

Great excursion on a beautiful boat! The boat tour was not too long and not too short. Shrimp buffet was good, even though it was wasted on my wife and kids who don't like shrimp. Norwegians are always prepared for cold weather. The boat is stocked with blankets for the guests, and after an hour we needed them because we didn't bring jackets. They also served hot chocolate, along with beer and wine. Opportunity to talk to other people or keep to yourself. Highly recommended.

Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise Reviewed by

A really well thought out and enjoyable trip

A really good trip, options to sit in a covered area or out in the elements (would highly recommend for the best views) It is very chilly once you get out on the fjord so make sure you wrap up warm. Also, its not very clear on the website but you can only visit the museums and get the boat back if you leave on the 10 o clock boat. If you get the one o clock trip you have to come back on the bus (which is also very easy and well signposted!)

Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by

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