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  • Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    1. Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    Discover Oslo's gorgeous Fjords on a trip into a dreamlike landscape. The dramatic waterways are a photographer's dream and give the city its lifeblood. On this 2-hour boat tour you will get a chance to see the best parts of these idyllic landscapes from the sea, offering a unique viewpoint rarely appreciated in these days of cheap air travel. Once aboard the comfortable boat, you will get the chance to purchase refreshments, before settling down to stare out at unbridled natural beauty. You will pass through narrow sounds, deep bays, and a maze of islands, dotted with picturesque summer homes. The fun tour will introduce you to the Norwegian coastline in an easy fashion, providing the sort of views that the Vikings would have seen back in the days of their great explorations.

    Very smooth boat trip, lots of sun, relaxing atmosphere. Perfect two hours spent on the Helena. You get to see rich people homes and also more rustic norwegian style homes on the surrounding islands and peninsulas. It’s well worth it, it changed our opinion of Oslo into a positive one.

  • Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise

    2. Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise

    Experience the superb fjords of Oslo on board a traditional wooden sailing ship 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, snacks of Norwegian shrimps will be offered, while the bar will provide a wide range ...

    Very nice trip, pleasant time to spend. Beautiful views, some breathtaking images in the sunshine. Also good shrimps and wine or beer on the boat for extra money. All in all, I enjoyed the experience.

  • Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

    3. 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, visi...

    Our guide Josh was great. Plenty of informations. 3 hrs went by so quickly. Really recommend it.

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

    4. Set Sail in Oslo: 3-Hour Jazz and Buffet Cruise

    The cool breeze wafts gently over you as you set sail on the Oslo Fjord for a 3-hour traditional sail. In the beauty of the Fjord, you will enjoy live music while drifting gently through the calm waters past a maze of green islands, ancient fortresses and the inner part of Oslo's main waterway. During your 3 hours on the fjord, snap some pictures of the gorgeous scenery, and marvel at the tiny houses that dot the many islands around the area. You will pass through narrow sounds, idyllic bars and small summer homes that make fjord life so vibrant. Along with the live music, feast on a buffet of shrimp, lemon, mayonnaise, and bread and butter in true Norwegian style.

    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.

  • Oslo: Norwegian Explorers 3 Museum Tour: Vikings to Today

    5. Oslo: Norwegian Explorers 3 Museum Tour: Vikings to Today

    Start your adventure in the Oslo fjord just like the Norwegian explorers. Take a short boat trip to the museums. After a walk in the peninsula, arrive at the Viking Ship Museum to see three original Viking ships and hear the tales of courage and adventure that made the Vikings the conquerors of the 9th century. Visit the Fram Museum, the museum of the polar explorers, and come aboard the ship that made it possible. See the cabins and learn how these brave men lived. Experience a replica of the northern lights and feel sub-zero temperatures inside the chill room. Visit the Gjoa embarkation and listen to the story of the Northwest Passage. At the Kon-Tiki Museum, see the open embarkation made of balsa wood that took famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl to Polynesia in a 101-day adventure. Return by bus (winter) or ferry (summer) to the city center.

  • Oslo: Frognerseteren and Vettakollen Hiking Excursion

    6. Oslo: Frognerseteren and Vettakollen Hiking Excursion

    Meet outside the Oslo Visitor Center at Jernbanetorget. Together with a local guide, take the metro to Frognerseteren station, and enjoy the scenic views along the way. Start the hike down part of King Olav’s trail and over the picturesque Fuglemyrene before reaching the top of Vettakollen mountain. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Norwegian forest along the way. Hear the local birds singing and catch the distinctive scent of pine as you make your way along the trail.   Once you reach the peak of Vettakollen mountain, enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the city of Oslo. Admire the beauty of Oslo fjord, and see the many small islands that are dotted along the coastline. After enjoying the breathtaking views, stroll back to the metro station and finish the excursion at the starting point at Jernbanetorget.

  • Oslo Essential Walking Tour

    7. 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 problem...

  • Oslo: Half-Day Panoramic Lakes and Forests Hiking Tour

    8. Oslo: Half-Day Panoramic Lakes and Forests Hiking Tour

    Discover the beauty of Norway's crystal-clear lakes and varied landscapes on a half-day hike. Meet your guide at the Oslo Visitor Center at Jernbanetorget in Central Oslo. Board the Vy train towards Snippen Station and enjoy a fantastic train ride with stunning panoramic views. Be sure to bring your camera.  Once you arrive, start hiking up to the hill, which requires some easy climbing. Take in panoramic views from the top of the mountain overlooking major parts of Oslo, including the Oslo Fjord and Oslo's surroundings. Next, stroll down to the great lake of Maridalsvannet before returning to Jernbanetorget via public transport.

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

4.4 / 5

based on 2,010 reviews

Very smooth boat trip, lots of sun, relaxing atmosphere. Perfect two hours spent on the Helena. You get to see rich people homes and also more rustic norwegian style homes on the surrounding islands and peninsulas. It’s well worth it, it changed our opinion of Oslo into a positive one.

unforgettable evening. sublime jazz group. crew members couldn't do enough for us. beautiful boat. nice shrimp buffet. as for the views ...... magnificent and exotic

The guide shared a good overview of Oslo and also Norwegian community. The tour is also manageable for untrained bikers. Time to look around And to take photos

Our guide Josh was great. Plenty of informations. 3 hrs went by so quickly. Really recommend it.

Beautiful tour in around Oslo, lots of surprising views