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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.

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Oslo: Street Food Culture Walking Tour

2. Oslo: Street Food Culture Walking Tour

Join a crash course into Oslo street cuisine on this guided walking tour that combines exploration of the city's hidden gems and the places offering the most typical flavors. Discover Norwegian food and become an Oslo street food specialist. Embark on a beautiful walk around Oslo's most popular river and discover the city’s hipster area and underground culture. Taste the most authentic dishes that serve as a savior for Oslopolitans during busy days and nights. Sample several types of local specialties that have become an integral part of Oslo culture: Norwegian waffles, the Norwegian hot dog, a special soft drink that is typical for Oslo, and more. The additional cost for all foods and drinks is approximately €10-€15 per person, but it also depends on what you would like to taste. Each participant can pay for themselves on site.

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Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

3. 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.

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Oslo: Norwegian Explorers 3 Museum Tour: Vikings to Today

4. 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.

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Oslo: Self-Guided Parliament Murder Mystery Tour

5. Oslo: Self-Guided Parliament Murder Mystery Tour

Travel back to the year 1899 with this fun self-guided mystery tour. Starting in front of the Storting, the name for Norway's Parliament, open your envelope to discover the story behind the murder mystery you need to solve. A famous businessman has disappeared and is believed to have been murdered. You are a well-reputed police detective, and several of your colleagues believe that you have a special sixth sense. You have to find out who the culprit is. You are guided around the historic surroundings of Oslo city, while solving puzzles and tasks. Finally, you will have all the clues to hopefully accuse the right person responsible for the crime. The game gives you the chance to discover Oslo in a unique and exciting way.

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Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

6. 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.

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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 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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Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

8. Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

E-scooters are all the rage. They are fun, ecological, and they save you time and energy so you can see more in a shorter amount of time. This E-scooter city tour is perfect for everyone who wants to get the most of Oslo's must-see attractions in a modern, fun way.  Be inspired by Oslo's rich history, green development and Norwegian culture with the best local guides and one of the most comprehensive tours available. You'll be able to see highlights such as the Norwegian Opera and Ballet building, Bjørvika district, Akershus Fortress and the vivid Oslofjord areas, and the Royal Palace with its beautiful park full of marvellous statues. Other highlights include Our Saviour's Cemetery, the final resting place for famous Norwegians such as Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, Oslo's sustainable laboratory, the Parliament building and Karl Johans street, which is Oslo's main boulevard.

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Oslo: Akershus Fortress Self-Guided Mystery Tour

9. Oslo: Akershus Fortress Self-Guided Mystery Tour

Solve a murder mystery at Akershus Fortress with a self-guided activity. 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. Explore Akershus Fortress and its historic surroundings. Solve puzzles and tasks and utilize your problem-solving abilities and communication skills with your team. Learn more about the history of the site as you discover more with each clue. Connect the dots and learn who is the killer, before it's too late!

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Oslo: Winter Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

10. Oslo: Winter Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

If you've ever dreamed of cycling Norwegian-style, on spiked tires specifically designed for winter, this bike tour is for you. Designed for experienced cyclists, the tour route is mostly flat, though you can expect a few short, steep hills. And you'll have plenty of time to stop and take pictures. The sites on the tour change based on the weather and the season, but you can expect to visit the Christmas market during the holiday season, as well as stop at Karl Johans Gate, the main pedestrian street in Oslo. Other possibilities on the itinerary: cycling along the port areas of Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen, home to some of the city's best modern architecture and restaurants, a visit to the stunning Opera House (where you'll have time to explore inside and out), a stop at the Mathallen or Vippai indoor food markets, and/or a visit to City Hall, site of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.  Enjoy learning about the history behind the monuments and buildings, as well as Norwegian culture, politics, and modern life in Oslo from your experienced guide. 

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What people are saying about Oslo

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based on 1,720 reviews

This street tour was amazing. We met our guide Katrina and straight away she was accommodating and easy to talk to. While we were on our tour she told us about where we were and the history and culture of Oslo’s street food scene and the areas we were in. The food we got to try were all super tasty!! Waffles, cocoa, a beautiful street food favourite hotdog. Would highly recommend as I really enjoyed it. Was a wonderful experience :)

A good way to visit Oslo in one day with an excellent driver and an excellent guide. We were 10 members, 3 generations of a family from Catalonia and all of us have enjoyed a lot the Oslo guided tour.

Our guide was WONDERFUL! Despite the -9 temperature, she was flawless. She provided great incite to a great city of Oslo culminating with the magic of the Christmas market. Thank you!

Absolutely amazing experience!! Very interesting, if you’re thinking about booking I would definitely recommend you do!

An great way to see the City in comfort with an excellent guide.