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

4.3 / 5

based on 1,852 reviews

This was the BEST DECISION ever!! The men crewing the boat were so kind. The entire ship was gorgeous, from the wood detailing to the picnic tables to the cushioned seats to the twinkling lights. It was freezing outside and raining and gusting wind but the boat was driven expertly and did not rock violently at all. Loved it so much and made my whole trip!

We are usually sceptical about tourist traps but this cruise has well exceeded our expectations. We were fortunate to have good weather, the cruise around the fjord waterways at sunset was amazing, and finally the shrimp buffet was so fresh and tasty. Excellent way to end our last day in Oslo.

Great tour, 2hrs was perfect - not too short and not too long. Sensible prices of drinks and plenty of blankets available (but I strongly recommend wearing suitable clothing anyway!).

Interesting cruise; the weather was cloudy and windy so we didn't enjoyed as much as we want it :)

amazing tour in the beautiful fiord of Oslo! And to top it all : Delicios Prawns !