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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 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.

Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise

2. Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise

Experience the superb fjords of Oslo on board a traditional wooden sailing ship 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).

Oslo: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

3. Oslo: Grand City Tour and Fjord Cruise

See the must-see highlights of Oslo on an unforgettable 7-hour grand city tour, including a visit to an Olympic ski jump right in the city center at the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Go to the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park and take a walk through the world's largest sculpture park created by a single artist. Visit the Norwegian Folk Museum with an outdoor collection of old Norwegian houses including the iconic Stave Church. No Oslo experience would be complete without a visit to the Fram Museum, where you can learn about Norwegian polar expeditions. Get a different view of Oslo on an inclusive 2-hour sightseeing cruise along the waterways of the Oslofjord inlet, where summer houses and cozy cabins nestle against the water.

Oslo: Oslofjord 2-HourSightseeing Cruise with Lunch

4. Oslo: Oslofjord 2-HourSightseeing Cruise with Lunch

Cruise for 2-hours down the iconic Oslofjord aboard a sailing ship while enjoying a delicious traditional lunch.   Sail via Hovedøya towards Nesodden and through narrow straits and bays past Vassholmene and Bygdøy. Pass the fjord's most interesting sights and see the charming summer homes and bathhouses.  Lean back, and as you enjoy the beautiful scenery, feast on a traditional fjord style prawn plate. Truly the perfect way to spend the day in Oslo.

Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

5. 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.

Set Sail in Oslo: 3-Hour Jazz and Buffet Cruise

6. Set Sail in Oslo: 3-Hour Jazz and Buffet Cruise

The cool breeze wafts gently over you as you set sail on the Oslo Fjord for a 3-hour traditional sail. In the beauty of the Fjord, you will enjoy live music while drifting gently through the calm waters past a maze of green islands, ancient fortresses and the inner part of Oslo's main waterway. During your 3 hours on the fjord, snap some pictures of the gorgeous scenery, and marvel at the tiny houses that dot the many islands around the area. You will pass through narrow sounds, idyllic bars and small summer homes that make fjord life so vibrant. Along with the live music, feast on a buffet of shrimp, lemon, mayonnaise, and bread and butter in true Norwegian style.

Oslo: 3-course Dinner Cruise in the Oslofjord

7. Oslo: 3-course Dinner Cruise in 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 Fir.  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 3-course cold dinner from Michelin sustainability award-winning restaurant Einer. This restaurant safeguards the Norwegian cooking traditions with their locally-sourced dishes.  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.

Oslo: Family Cruise on Oslofjord

8. Oslo: Family Cruise on Oslofjord

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 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, a marine biologist will share interesting facts about nature and wildlife that lives in and around the city of Oslo. Approach the green islands in the fjord and watch as the underwater drone is launched. Take a peek at the underwater world and see if you can spot any animal or fish species.

Oslo: Norwegian Explorers and Culture 3 Museum Tour

9. Oslo: Norwegian Explorers and Culture 3 Museum Tour

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 Folkemuseum, an open-air museum of Norwegian heritage. See how Norwegians have lived from the 11th century until today. 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.

Oslo: Frognerseteren and Vettakollen Hiking Excursion

10. Oslo: Frognerseteren and Vettakollen Hiking Excursion

Meet outside the Oslo Visitor Center at Jernbanetorget. Together with a local guide, take the metro to Frognerseteren station, and enjoy the scenic views along the way. Start the hike down part of King Olav’s trail and over the picturesque Fuglemyrene before reaching the top of Vettakollen mountain. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Norwegian forest along the way. Hear the local birds singing and catch the distinctive scent of pine as you make your way along the trail.   Once you reach the peak of Vettakollen mountain, enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the city of Oslo. Admire the beauty of Oslo fjord, and see the many small islands that are dotted along the coastline. After enjoying the breathtaking views, stroll back to the metro station and finish the excursion at the starting point at Jernbanetorget.

Frequently asked questions about Oslofjord

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How can I visit Oslofjord?

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Entrance to Oslofjord is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Spring or summer - March to September - will have lovely weather, although it may be a little rain-prone!

  • When do cruises begin?

    It depends where your starting point is - whether it's from the pier in front of City Hall or Opera House, it will be at 9:45AM and 10:15AM respectively. Cruises last up to two hours.

  • Are there any days the cruises don't run?

    May 17th is a national holiday in Norway, as are December 24th and 25th.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Visit Oslofjord anytime, but check cruise times in advance, which vary.
  • Is it expensive?
    Strolling the fjord is free, but the activities you choose to do will probably cost money.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the Inter City-train bound for Skien or the express bus to Fredrikstad.
  • Additional information
    ** It's possible to go around the fjord in a day, but better to reserve 2-3 days for the trip. | The area's best restaurants are closed in July when the locals go to their summer houses.*

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What people are saying about Oslofjord

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,396 reviews

This was an excellent introduction to Oslo with varied sites and activities. Margaret was amazing, keeping us all moving in English and German. It was useful to have transport to the more outlying sites, such as the Ski jump, sculpture park and Fram and Folk Museums. If you want a more in depth visit, especially to the Folk Museum, you would need to go back to visit more. The Viking Museum is now closed to 2024, which I only realised on the tour. The fjord trip was ok, I’m glad I did it, but not much to see, and of course it was freezing so wrap up warm. There are drinks and snacks on board, commentary about a few things in English and I think Spanish. The start point is indicated on a tiny sign outside the toy shop, and the Google map takes you to the wrong place, so beware!

Excellent cruise. Enjoyed the full 2 hours. Very friendly staff onboard. Booked the cruise only on the morning of cruise day. Glad to be able to book a slot despite the boat looking quite filled. Could get really cold due to the wind. Saw reviews advising to layer up and that really helped.

The tour was great. One gets to see many wonderful places, and hear about them from an amazing tour guide. I hope the weather will serve you like it served us! Enjoy wonderful Oslo!

We had a wonderful time, great views with interesting information.

Great cruise round the fjord seeing the main sites if oslo.