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Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. 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 Christmas Tour

2. 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: 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. 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: 2 Guided City Walking Tours

4. Oslo: 2 Guided City Walking Tours

Oslo has a long and impressive nautical history that led it to become one of Europe’s leading centres of trade. While the Vikings are long gone, the city is rooted in its maritime heritage to this day. With the help of our Oslo city guides, you’ll get an unparalleled insight into what makes this Scandinavian city stand out. On our day tour, we circle Sentrum, Oslo's diverse city center positioned on the Oslofjord, to show you its best landmarks, museums, restaurants, and bars. Starting at the University of Oslo, we will admire the 19th-century architecture of the city center. We will see Norwegian Parliament, the Grand Hotel, the shopping area, and other features on the main street Karl Johan. You will learn how Oslo earned its nickname 'Tiger City' and start passing Havnepromenade, where the symbolic Norwegian Opera House stands out like a pearl in the ocean. Next, we walk towards Christiania, the historical center of Oslo's 17th-century; you will know why the Norwegian capital has changed its name for 300 years. The tour ends not far from City Hall, which holds the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony every December. You'll need to join our tour to find out all about those! Afterward, join our evening tour to get the lowdown on Oslo's hippest hang-outs and compelling contemporary art scene in the trendy Aker Brygge neighborhood. We stroll along the regenerated waterfront filled with chatter from popular restaurant patios and bars to reach Tjuvholmen. This ultra-modern artificial island is home to the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park, which between them, behold some of the most inspiring contemporary art in Scandinavia. Providing the perfect juxtaposition to this modern enclave, we spend the second half of the tour seeing more of Oslo's historical highlights. After exploring many of the city's landmarks with your guide, use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Oslo and feel it here like a local.

Oslo: Express City Tour by E-scooter

5. Oslo: Express City Tour by E-scooter

E-scooters save you all the walking and they are fun too! Whiz around the city with one of our experienced guides and find out what it is to experience the Oslo way of life. In this shortened version of an e-scooter tour, you will explore Oslo's must-sees along the fjord line. The route includes seeing the Oslo Opera House, Akershus Fortress and Medieval city, City Hall, Aker Brygge, and Tjuvholmen.

Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

6. 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.

Oslo: Kick Bike Small Group City Highlights Tour

7. Oslo: Kick Bike Small Group City Highlights Tour

Hop on a kick bike alongside a local guide and visit Oslo's top highlights such as the Opera House, the Medieval City, and the famous Harbor Promenade.  Ride past other iconic places Akershus Fortress, National Theater, and the Norwegian Parliament building while learning about their history. Save time and have fun while sightseeing the city on super trendy, easy-to-use bikes, which are suitable for everyone, no matter if you are a beginner or if you are a skilled (kick) biker.

Oslo Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour

8. Oslo Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Channel your inner artist and form perfect impressions of Oslo on a walking tour of the inner city. See all the must-see sights, including the royal residence of Akershus Fortress and the imposing Oslo City Hall, built between 1931 and 1950. Delve deep into the history of Norway and its capital city, and learn more about the culture and customs of the people. Make your way to Frogner Park, and hear the enchanting story of how one man built the world’s largest sculpture park. See some of Gustav Vigeland's amazing creations, mostly made of local Iddefjord granite. Gaze in awe at the Monolith Plateau, where 36 figures represent the circle of life and the impressive Monolith totem is made from a single block of stone.

Oslo Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

9. Oslo Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

See the sights of Oslo at your own pace and according to your schedule on a self-guided walking tour. Download an audio guide onto your MP3 player and get a fully detailed map to help you explore. Learn about the Norse Kings and landmark events such as the Great Fire and Millennial Jubilee. See the Nobel Peace Prize Center and visit the Viking Ship Museum to hear stories about raids and see authentic Viking ships. Walk through the city center to discover historical buildings such as the medieval Akershus Fortress. Learn about Norway's resistance to the Nazis at the Resistance Museum and see the home of the National Opera and Ballet at the Oslo Opera House. Marvel at the imposing façade of Oslo Cathedral, pass the Stortinget parliament building and find amazing museums on the Bygdøy peninsula, including the Kon-Tiki Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History) and Fram Museum, where you can learn about Norway's polar expeditions. 

Oslo: City Walking Tour

10. Oslo: City Walking Tour

See the print left by the founders of Oslo in its medieval architecture, walk through 700 years of history encapsulated in a fortress that has guarded the city from riders and soldiers alike. Step further in time to the town of Christiania. See the first City Hall building from the 17th century and feel the atmosphere of the many cafe terraces and restaurants, which have taken over this area of Oslo. Visit Oslo's City Hall and its main hall, internationally known for hosting the award ceremony of The Nobel Peace Prize each year. Step into 18th century architecture and see the Norwegian Parliament, walk to the National Theater, stand in front of the neo-classical building of the University of Oslo, stroll on to the Royal Palace and its beautiful gardens. Walk down Oslo's main street with its many shops and vibrant atmosphere. Stop by the central train station to appreciate early 19th century architecture, and finally explore contemporary buildings. Step onto the roof of award-winning Oslo Opera House and enjoy the beautiful view of the Oslo fjord from there. 

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What people are saying about Oslo Opera House

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 325 reviews

Meeting place very easy to find and reach… by electric scooter! Super nice guide, great explanations, two hours very necessary to already have a good view of the city. Thank you also for the good addresses … in short, I highly recommend!!

Very knowledgeable guide. Answered our questions, saw and learned a lot about the city and it’s history. Good walking pace. Opportunities to sit. Very kind guide. Good way to get oriented to Oslo in our first day.

Our guide was a lovely girl with a lot of experience. We really enjoyed our tour. She explained everything in deep detail. We will definitely use this tour again. Thank you.

Our guide, Anne Lene, gave us an excellent three hour walking tour around Oslo. She was very knowledgeable and great company. I would recommend her!

Delightful and knowledgeable guide presented a nice overview of the history and culture of Oslo