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Oslo: Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise by Electric Boat

1. Oslo: Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise by Electric Boat

Set off on a scenic sighting cruise from Oslo on an electric ferry. Admire the beauty of the region as you make your way through Oslo Fjord and check out natural and man-made features including Hoveøya Island, the Akershus Fortress, and the Munch Museum. Depart from central Oslo and admire views of the shoreline and sites incusing the Akershus Fortress, Opera House, and Munch Museum. Sail past Hovedøya Island with canons pointing over the fjord, Bygdøy Peninsula and iconic Fram Museum, and the picturesque Dyna Lighthouse. Listen to commentary from the onboard guide and learn about Oslo's history and the geography of the surrounding countryside it. Take a walk on the spacious decks and admire the views or relax in the climate-controlled indoor area. You can also enjoy some snacks and hot and cold beverages from the onboard bar (not included in tour cost). Choose between returning to the meeting point or disembarking at the Bygdøy Peninsula near the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and the Kon-Tiki Museum.

Oslo: Sightseeing Cruise through Oslo's Fjords

2. Oslo: Sightseeing Cruise through Oslo's Fjords

Escape the city and uncover the stunning beauty of Oslo's Fjords on this cruise from Oslo. Chart a course thorugh narrow sounds, deep bays, and a maze of islands, dotted with picturesque summer homes. Hop aboard a comfortable ship with a spacious deck and begin your journey to uncover the natural splendor of Oslo's waterways. Have the chance to purchase tasty onboard refreshments, before settling down to gaze out at unobstructed views. Start with views of the city's waterfront and port before embarking out an area filled with hills and islands. Keep an eye out for wildlife like the graceful white-tailed Sea Eagle.  Discover the Norwegian coastline in a relaxed atmosphere allows you to transport yourself to back in time to when Vikings took their boats out on long expeditions of exploration.

Oslo: Silent Oslo Fjord Electric Catamaran Tour

3. Oslo: Silent Oslo Fjord Electric Catamaran Tour

Depart from Aker Brygge and cruise out onto the fjord on a silent hybrid-electric boat. Admire the views through the large panoramic windows on the sides of the vessel. Pass a few iconic sights of the Oslofjord like Dyna Fyr, Heggholmen fyrstasjon, the Opera House, Akershus Fortress and the Oslo Fjord Sauna. During the tour, your guide will share interesting facts about nature and wildlife that lives in and around the city of Oslo.

Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

4. Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Oslo like a local on this 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.  Depart from the centrally located Viking Biking store in downtown Oslo, and cycle on comfortable hybrid bikes to the pedestrianized City Hall Square, the 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 neoclassical 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: Fjords Evening Buffet Cruise

5. Oslo: Fjords Evening Buffet Cruise

See the Oslo fjords from a traditional wooden boat and enjoy a buffet dinner as you take in the dramatic scenery. Admire the Bygdøy peninsula 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, a buffet of Norwegian shrimps will be offered, while the bar will provide a wide range of hot and cold drinks (drinks not included).

Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

6. Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

With UNESCO-listed fjords and snow-capped mountain ranges that stretch around the country, Norway offers a land of alluring landscapes to tempt any traveler. The best way to see it is by train, bus, and boat, throughout a hassle-free day tour. Hop aboard to discover the countryside that frames the Bergen and Flåm railways, and admire Aurlandsfjord, Nærøyfjord, the village of Flåm, and more. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometers, and sits on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city center and northern neighborhoods are on Byfjorden, "the city fjord", and the city is surrounded by mountains. Bergen is also known as the "city of seven mountains". The Flåm Railway is one of the world's steepest railways. It is 20 kilometers long, with a descent of 865 meters and a gradient of one in 18. It also consists of 20 tunnels with a total length of 6 kilometers - evidence of the most daring and skillful engineering in the history of Norwegian railways.

Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

7. Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Spend a day seeing the sights of Oslo, the oldest of the Scandinavian Capitals, from an open-top, double-decker tour bus. Your pass is valid for a full 24-hour period, and you can hop on and off at your leisure. You will enjoy 360-degree views from the open top of the bus and learn about the city’s history from your convenient audio guides. Hop off at the Ibsen Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the 19th-Century Norwegian playwright and poet, or jump off at the Royal Palace, former residence of the Norwegian and Swedish King Charles III, and the official residence of the present Norwegian monarch. Other top attractions include the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and the Oslo Opera House. Tour stops: 1. The National Theatre / The Royal Palace / Karl Johans Gate 2. Majorstuen (transfer to Holmenkollen) 3. Frogner Park & Vigeland Installation 4. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History 5. Viking Ship Museum 6. Kon-Tiki Museum / Fram Polar Ship Museum / Maritime Museum 7. Viking Ship Museum 8. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History 9. Oslo Cruise Ship Terminal 10. Opera House 11. Jernbanetorget / Bus Terminal / Central Station

Oslo: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

8. Oslo: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

Explore all of Oslo's must-see attractions on a sightseeing bus and walking tour within the city center. Then, relax and enjoy the scenic views on a fjord cruise. Admire the main highlights of the city of Olso from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. With your guide, learn about the history of Norway's capital and daily life. Travel to the stunning Holmenkollen Ski Jump and take in panoramic vistas above Oslo, then enjoy and guided walking tour through the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park - the world's largest sculpture park created by a single artist. Enhance your Oslo experience with a visit to the Norwegian Folk Museum* to see its outdoor collection of old Norwegian houses, including an iconic Stave Church, and learn about life in Norway in the past. Then visit the unique Fram Museum, where you will learn about famous Norwegian polar explorers and see the original polar ship "Fram", the strongest wooden ship that sailed farthest North and farthest South in the world during its expeditions. Conclude the tour with a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Oslo fjord, between picturesque islands dotted with cozy summer houses, and see Oslo from a different perspective.

Oslo: Oslofjord Cruise with Seafood Dinner

9. Oslo: Oslofjord Cruise with Seafood Dinner

Set sail from Oslo to the Oslofjord and visit both sides of this majestic fjord. Indulge in a seafood dinner as you cruise along. Enjoy seeing the city's stunning skyline as it is illumined at night from the water.   Hop aboard a comfortable and spacious ship. View the rolling green hills that hug and surround Oslo on the way to the fjord. Pass by picturesque bathing houses and summer cottages that dot verdant islands. Capture pictures of the fjord to share with your friends and family back home as you enter dramatic northern landscapes. Travel in comfort aboard a ship that is maintained to the highest safety standards. Sit down to a mouth-watering fjord-style dinner of shrimp, crayfish, crab claws, soft bread, butter, mayonnaise, aioli, and lemon. Return to your starting point in Oslo at the end of your scenic cruise.

Oslo: Dinner Cruise on the Oslofjord

10. Oslo: Dinner Cruise on the Oslofjord

Step on board for an evening trip through the Oslofjord. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind you and enjoy the calm waters of the Oslofjord. Be inspired by its green islands with picturesque lighthouses such as Dyna Fyr.  Benefit from an outside deck and inside lounges with panoramic windows that will ensure a good view from any seat. The crew serves a delicious dinner from the local catering partner. Pair the dinner with one of the wines that have been carefully curated to complement the food. On your way back you can take in the Oslo skyline while cruising past some of its most popular sights such as the Opera House and Aker fortress.

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What people are saying about Oslo

Great cruise for learning about the area around Oslo’s harbour. The boat was really nice (and brand new!) and there’s plenty of seating so no need to worry about not getting a ‘good table’. In fact we were able to move to sit on the opposite side about halfway through. The boat is nice and warm inside and it’s easy to pop outside to take photos as well. The guide was really interesting and an Oslo native, talking about the history and current facts about various buildings and islands etc. She also came round to see everyone and was available for questions which I thought was a lovely friendly touch. We felt very comfortable on this cruise and would try another of the company’s excursions if we visit Norway again. One very minor point is that the description says that the talk would include info about nature and another review mentions an underwater drone but this wasn’t the case. I think the description is a little out of date but it was still great anyway!

We felt lucky to be in a new electric boat which was in service for just a month. Two decks of fully heated seating area . The tour guide was in English very nice lady who presented with wit and pleasant to listen to. We sat in the upper deck and the view was breathtaking. The bar located in the lower deck sold refreshments and alcohol. On the upper deck you could also go into the open space (-4degree) to take photographs or view the tour in the cold. Despite everything being expensive in Norway, we felt this ride was value for money. Highly recommend to see the Oslo fjord via this pleasant silent sustainable mode. Excellent service

Very pleasant boat trip. Very clean and comfortable boat. Amazing views. It was perfect

Was a great experience. One of the best things I did on my trip to Oslo.

Great trip; excellent commentary. Blankets provided as well for outdoor.