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About Oslo

Ships sail along the tranquil Nordfjord to reach the Norwegian cruise port and capital Oslo; a spectacular city surrounded by snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills, it was founded in 1050 and has been Norway's capital since the end of the 11th century.

The modern city, an eclectic mix of ancient castles, frescoed 18th century houses, vast parks and glittering lakes, is a delight. Oslo cruise must-sees include the Viking House Museum with its display of 9th century longboats, the Munch-museet, which houses works by Edvard Munch, and the medieval Akershus Castle - a warren of secret passages, crypts, dungeons and magnificent halls.

Cruises to Oslo will also give you the opportunity to enjoy the traditional Norwegian cuisine. Near the castle, in Aker Brygge, you will find some of Norway's best restaurants serving classic dishes like fiskesuppe (fish soup), fenalar (cured leg of mutton) and multer med krem (cloudberries with cream). With such a variety of activities available for Oslo cruises make some time too for a stroll through verdant Frogner Park, home to more than 190 masterpieces by the famous sculptor Gustav Vigeland.

 

Shore excursions in Oslo

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Charming Drøbak

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit the charming town of Drøbak, with its narrow streets and beautifully restored 18th century wooden houses.

Relax on board your coach as you journey to the small, picturesque town of Drøbak. Supported by the timber industry and shipping in the 1700s, Drøbak was later granted Trading Charter rights in 1842, allowing it to act as the winter harbour for Oslo, when the fjord froze and vessels couldn't reach the capital. Today the town pays well-preserved homage to the past by boasting tiny wooden houses and charming narrow streets. Strict local laws mean that many original buildings from the town’s heyday still exist, and much of the city centre looks as it did more than a century ago.

Upon arrival, a short guided walking tour will allow you to become acquainted with the town, which today is well-known for its many small arts and crafts galleries. Drøbak is also often referred to as 'The Christmas Town' due to its famous year round Christmas shop, which collects the thousands of letters written every year to Julenisse (Santa Claus). During your free time, take the opportunity to shop ahead for those special festive gifts in Scandinavia’s only permanent Christmas store. You may also choose to browse the market square stalls, purchase souvenirs in the small shops and galleries, or relax over a coffee in one of the cosy cafés.

Afterwards, head back to Olso where a stop will be made at Vigeland Sculpture Park, displaying 200 sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland in granite, bronze and wrought iron. The artist never explained his works, leaving the interpretation to the beholder.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate.

Oslo Highlights

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy a drive around the city’s highlights before visiting the fascinating Vigeland Sculpture Park and Viking Ship Museum.

Departing from the base of the Akershus Castle and Fortress, your guide will provide an interesting commentary as you pass the modern landmarks of the City Hall, Parliament, National Theatre, the Royal Residence and up to the Holmenkollen Hills, for excellent views over parts of the city and the Oslofjord.

A stop will be made at the Vigeland Sculpture Park, for an interesting guided walk around the fascinating ‘wonder-world’ of human figures in stone, iron and bronze. The artist, Gustav Vigeland, never explained these works, leaving the interpretation to each beholder.

Leaving the Park, you will head towards the peninsula of Bygdøy, for a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Here you will see the incredible craftsmanship of Viking ships. The ‘Gokstad’ is a classic Viking ship, while the ‘Oseberg’, which was dug out in 1904, is richly adorned and was probably used as a pleasure boat. The Museum holds a collection of sleds, implements and gold and silver jewellery found with the ships.

Afterwards, travel past the pleasure boat harbour and glimpse the charming, little castle ‘Oscarshall’, built in the 19th century by the Swedish-Norwegian King, Oscar I.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Viking Ship Museum is a popular attraction and can get crowded. There is approximately 1 hour of walking including several steps in Vigeland Park. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The journey may involve 2 tunnels.

Scenic Oslofjord Cruise

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Sit back and enjoy the scenery and beautiful islands of the Oslofjord, whilst savouring the fresh flavour of local shrimps.

Oslo, with its superb location, offers unique opportunities on and around its fjord which stretches almost into the city centre. Discover the Oslofjord scenery on a traditional wooden boat, fully restored to its former glory. You’ll sail past numerous islands, including Hovedøya and the Dyna Lighthouse, through narrow inlets and into sheltered bays so that you can capture the capital on camera from different angles.

The boat passes close to the peninsula of Bygdøy, housing many interesting museums as well as beaches such as Huk Bay. See the Maritime Museum and the impressive Fram Museum, housing the polar ship of the same name.

As you sail past the interesting sights enjoy a refreshing drink and help yourself to a delicious Norwegian fresh shrimp buffet.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by traditional wooden boat. Please be advised that there will be a short walk of 300 yards to join the boat. The boat has a short steep gangway and steep steps to reach the onboard toilets, however there is a handrail. A warm waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, and flat, non-slip shoes are recommended as it can get chilly on the deck.

 

A selection of cruises to Oslo

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