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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: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

2. Oslo: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

Oslo Pass is your ticket to the city of Oslo. The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo, this travel discount card grants you admission to more 30 museums and attractions, access to public transportation, guided tours, as well as special offers in restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Available in validity periods of 24, 48 and 72 hours, Oslo Pass is a great value and pays for itself very quickly. The pass is valid for all attractions listed in the Oslo Pass app and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus, tram, local trains, and on the ferry boats to the islands in the inner Oslo fjord. You can take the following tours with your pass: Oslo City Walks. Additionally, enjoy access to the Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath. Visit the following museums with your Oslo Pass: Akershus Castle, Armed Forces Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Ekebergparken Museum, Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Historical Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower, Holocaust Center, Intercultural Museum, International Museum of Children's Art, Kunsternes Hus, Labour Museum, MUNCH, Museum of Oslo, Museum of Science & Technology, The National Museum, National Museum - Architecture, Natural History Museum, Nobel Peace Center, Nordic Bible Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norway's Resistance Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Jewish Museum, Oslo Reptile Park, Oslo Transport Museum, Popsenteret, The Kon-Tiki Museum, Roseslottet and The Vigeland Museum.

Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

3. Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

Discover Oslo, Norway’s capital city, on these epic walking tours by day or evening with a flexible 3-day ticket. With the help of your tour guide, you’ll get an unparalleled insight into what makes this Scandinavian city stand out. On the day tour, circle Sentrum, Oslo’s diverse city center positioned on the Skagerrak strait, to show you its best landmarks, museums, restaurants, and bars. You can also join the evening tour to get the lowdown on Oslo’s hippest hang-outs and compelling contemporary art scene in the trendy Aker Brygge neighborhood. If you don't have time to join the tour on the same day you booked, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. After exploring many of the city's landmarks with your guide, including the Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace, Oslo Cathedral, and Opera House, use the app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Oslo and its incredible history. Best of Oslo includes: Oslo City Hall National Theater University of Oslo Norwegian Parliament Stortorvet Gjestgiveri Glasmagazinet Kvadraturen Oslo Cathedral Karl Johan Street Fire Tower Tiger Sculpture Oslo Second City Hall Gamle rådhus Ceremony Pier 3 self-guided route's main sights: Frogner Stadion Norwegian Opera House Trinity Church Karl Johan's monument Vestkanttorvet Grensen Losæter 7th of June Square Queen Maud's Monument Sorenga Bridge Damstredet ...and many more!

Oslo: Private City Center Highlights Guided Walking Tour

4. Oslo: Private City Center Highlights Guided Walking Tour

See Oslo's top sights and attractions on a fascinating 3-hour walking tour. Set out from City Hall – home of the yearly Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Explore landmarks such as the Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the University of Oslo. Marvel at Akershus Fortress, and wander through Aker Brugge ― a revitalized waterfront area and now home to a bevy of stores, bars and restaurants. Visit the Tjuvholmen district, a foodie haven that also boasts numerous art galleries. Get expert tips on the best spots to drink, eat and shop in the area.

Oslo: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Akershus Fortress

5. Oslo: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Akershus Fortress

Solve a murder mystery and explore the stunning surroundings of Akershus Fortress during this interactive, self-guided true-crime mystery tour. 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. Immerse into the year 1965 and become a member of highly-respected family of investigators, and you want to live up to their standards. During a celebration party of the Oslo police, a not attending officer finds the body of a dead woman on a hill near Akershus fortress. As a junior investigator, the task of finding out what happened falls on you. Explore Akershus Fortress and its historic surroundings and take the chance to finally prove your worth as much is at stake. Not only the honor of you and your family, but also the safety of Oslo's streets! Crack the mystery as a trusted investigator and learn about the story inspired by true events. Race against the clock to gather sufficient evidence and find the right suspect to ensure the peace of Oslo's citizens. Take on the challenge of finding the murderer. For those in a bigger group, you can split up into several teams and compete against each other.

Oslo’s Urban Treasures By Bike

6. Oslo’s Urban Treasures By Bike

Starting from the city center, you will head to the Old Town of Oslo which is mainly comprised of ruins from long ago. On the way, you will pass to the Oslo Opera House, the gateway to the old town. From ruins to riverside, you will ride along the water to the hip district of Grüneløkka, where you will no doubt want to return to later and explore further.  You can’t complete a visit to Oslo without seeing the royal palace. The palace has a beautiful park which you will ride through on your way to the quiet district of Frogner, where you will find one of the most visited sights in the city - Vigeland Park. With over 200 sculptures created by one man, you’re sure to be impressed by this jaw-dropping sight. After exploring Vigeland Park you will ride back along the waterside towards the city center. While you ride along the water you will be able to see  Aker Brygge and the harbor, Akershus Fortress and the Oslo City Hall. From there it’s not far to go before you reach the end of your bike tour, by which time you can say you’ve received a full overview of Oslo from the comfort of your bike. 

Myth and Legends Oslo Walking Tour

7. Myth and Legends Oslo Walking Tour

Oslo is more than 1000 years old, and its history is filled with horrifying stories, ranging from the time of the vikings to bloody battles between neighboring countries. Discover the old Royal palace that became a recognizable symbol of the city. As you walk around the fortress, your expert guide will show you a different, dark side of buildings and squares – in rich, engaging detail. The route of this 2-hour walk allows you to see all the main attractions of the very center of Norwegian capital. You'll start at the City Hall, visit Akershus fortress, walk in the oldest part of the 17th century city Kvadraturen and finish on the main street Karl Johan where you will see the Parliament, the National Theater, the University, the Royal Palace, and the Grand Café.

Oslo: Panoramic View and Sculpture Park Walk

8. Oslo: Panoramic View and Sculpture Park Walk

Your guide will provide information about most important sights in the city center, starting with the medieval Fortress of Akershus and the town of Christiania. Continue you journey into the heart of Oslo, discovering institutional buildings like the Norwegian Parliament, The Royal Palace and The University of Oslo.   Drive through the Royal Gardens, beautiful adorned with an array of flowers that will inevitably catch your eye. Get off at the one-of-a kind sculpture park at Frogner, made by only one artist. Find the sculpture you can relate to most in this selection of art dedicated to the themes of life.  Let your guide share the ins and outs of life in this vibrant northern capital while viewing the contrasts of its architecture. Drive to 300 meters above sea level to visit the Holmenkollen ski jump, probably the most famous skiing arena in the world. It is the only steel ski jump in the world and a monument to world-class engineering. As a bonus you will observe one of the most fantastic views of Oslo. Be inspired by the striking beauty of Norwegian nature in the northern woods of Nordmarka, where you will have a chance to visit a traditional wooden lodge and enjoy a delicious Norwegian cup of chocolate the Norwegian way. 

Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

9. 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.

Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Akershus Fortress

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 816 reviews

The trip is really amazing, the electric boat is very silent we didn’t even notice we were sailing already. You won’t get seasick on this trip. The environment is great. Make sure you are properly clothed, although you can decide at any time to sit inside or outside. The staff was very attentive, especially the person selling food and beverage. He was very accommodating and assistive, kudos to him. We’ve felt very taken care of. However, the audio tour wasn’t always clearly understandable. But then, we were quite chatty within our group. It would be cool if alcohol could be sold. I that would be perfect. In any way I highly suggest this trip!!

We really did enjoy the trip and the guy who is selling food is very asisstive and knowledgable kudos to him! I just suggest for the trip to have more food or hope you offer a longer trip with food

Well worth the money! Very helpful staff at Oslo S when collecting the pass and so easy to use on buses, trams and entrance to Rose Castle and Folkmuseum's Xmas Fair.

Traveling alone I appreciated an English speaking guide to show me the central area of Oslo's sites.

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