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Oslo Pass Including Public Transport

1. Oslo Pass Including 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 than 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. Along with your Oslo Pass, you will receive a booklet describing all the benefits for Oslo Pass holders. The pass is valid for all attractions listed in the Oslo Pass booklet 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, OURWAY Tours: Oslo City Walk. 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 Sculpture Park, 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, Museum of Oslo, Museum of Science & Technology, National Museum - Architecture, Natural History Museum, Nobel Piece Center, Nordic Bible Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norway's Resistance Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Reptile Park, Oslo Transport Museum, Popsenteret, The Kon-Tiki Museum, The Salmon - Science Centre, and The Vigeland Museum.

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 Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

3. Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

Climb aboard a local ferry to your first destination at the start of this fun island-hopping adventure. Sail to Hovedøya ("Main Island") where some of Oslo's best history and coastal scenery will be revealed. Learn how English monks came to Christianize post-Viking Oslo and set up a powerful abbey on the island nearly 1,000 years ago. Admire the well-preserved ruins as you walk among the chambers and rooms. Hear stories of Norway's transition from the Viking era to become part of a Christian Europe. Continue through sheep pastures and birch forests to arrive at the old ramparts and cannons from the 19th-century Napoleonic Wars. Explore the rugged coastline and stop at some beaches and lookout points before returning to the pier to catch another ferry to the island of Lindøya. Arrive at Lindøya and experience the charm of a summer retreat. See traditional wooden homes and gardens of flowers that contrast beautifully with the surrounding fjord. Get fantastic views from the summit of the island and work up an appetite for a picnic lunch. Stop at a local food store, if needed, to pick up something to eat. Enjoy your picnic on a southwest-facing beach and soak up the immense views of the water and hills. Then, jump on another ferry and sail past the island of Gressholmen, where the nature preserve is home to thick forest, sea cliffs and hidden beaches. Catch the ferry back to the city center and get an amazing entry into the port. Marvel at some of Oslo's most iconic sites, such as the old fortress of Akershus Festning, City Hall and the revitalized port of Aker Brygge.

Oslo: 2-Hour Walking Tour

4. 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

5. 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: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Akershus Fortress

6. Oslo: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Akershus Fortress

Solve a murder mystery and explore the stunning surroundings of Akershus Fortress during this interactive, self-guided true-crime mystery tour. Receive your envelope with clues and play the role of lead investigators as you set off with your team on a quest to unravel this sinister crime. Immerse into the year 1965 and become a member of highly-respected family of investigators, and you want to live up to their standards. During a celebration party of the Oslo police, a not attending officer finds the body of a dead woman on a hill near Akershus fortress. As a junior investigator, the task of finding out what happened falls on you. Explore Akershus Fortress and its historic surroundings and take the chance to finally prove your worth as much is at stake. Not only the honor of you and your family, but also the safety of Oslo's streets! Crack the mystery as a trusted investigator and learn about the story inspired by true events. Race against the clock to gather sufficient evidence and find the right suspect to ensure the peace of Oslo's citizens. Take on the challenge of finding the murderer. For those in a bigger group, you can split up into several teams and compete against each other.

Oslo Christmas Tour

7. Oslo Christmas Tour

The experience starts with a short stroll around the Christmas-y city. On your way to the Christmas market village, you will learn a bit about Oslo's history and some of the most famous sights. After about an hour, we will move to the 'Winter village' which is the biggest Christmas marketplace in Oslo. You will be able to take the opportunity to warm yourself up with the traditional Norwegian drink, “gløgg” (mulled wine), or taste some of the traditional Christmas foods such as “julegrøt” (porridge), “julepølse”(pork sausage), or “tynnlefser” (flatbread) and learn everything you need to know about the Christmas in Norway. The tour is concluded with a cozy session by the fire where your guide will be telling you one of the most magical Norwegian Christmas stories while you'll be sipping your warm gløgg.

Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

8. 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’s Urban Treasures By Bike

9. Oslo’s Urban Treasures By Bike

Starting from the city center, you will head to the Old Town of Oslo which is mainly comprised of ruins from long ago. On the way, you will pass to the Oslo Opera House, the gateway to the old town. From ruins to riverside, you will ride along the water to the hip district of Grüneløkka, where you will no doubt want to return to later and explore further.  You can’t complete a visit to Oslo without seeing the royal palace. The palace has a beautiful park which you will ride through on your way to the quiet district of Frogner, where you will find one of the most visited sights in the city - Vigeland Park. With over 200 sculptures created by one man, you’re sure to be impressed by this jaw-dropping sight. After exploring Vigeland Park you will ride back along the waterside towards the city center. While you ride along the water you will be able to see  Aker Brygge and the harbor, Akershus Fortress and the Oslo City Hall. From there it’s not far to go before you reach the end of your bike tour, by which time you can say you’ve received a full overview of Oslo from the comfort of your bike. 

Oslo Essential Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Akershus Fortress

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 584 reviews

The pass made getting around Oslo easy, and the free or reduced fee entry to many attractions allowed for easy decisions on what to see. We ordered ours online, but the pass must be picked up from the Tourist Information Office in the main train station in Oslo. It worked well for us. It was an easy decision to take a ferry to see the People's Museum toward the end of a day, since it was already paid for.

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

Used this pass over 48 hrs. Great for buses & trams plus entry into many locations

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

Great tour, really enjoyed! Wealth of information!