Oslo, Norway

Introduction to Oslo, Norway

Tucked into its own fjord and set at the water's edge, Norway's lively capital is a small and eminently walkable city.

Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming tourist destinations. The city is easy to navigate on foot, so the main attractions – of which there are many – are just waiting to be discovered. The only problem is trying to decide which ones to visit!

Home to several stunning museums and an array of interesting historic monuments, there seems to be something new to explore with every turn. Highlights include the National Gallery - home to Edvard Munch’s iconic ‘The Scream’, as well as works by other European artists from Manet to Picasso and the Munchmuseet containing over 5,000 works that Munch left to the city of Oslo.

Elsewhere, the fabulous Viking Ship Museum has three ships recovered from royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord, as well as artefacts from the Viking era, while the medieval Akershus castle and fortress dominate the harbour front and are well worth visiting. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park - one of Oslo’s must-visit attractions - is a Norwegian institution and home to more than 200 sculptures from Gustav Vigeland which are made from bronze, granite and wrought iron.

Outside of the city centre there's plenty to explore and discover too, including the stunning natural landscapes of the Oslomarka and Oslofjord. The Oslomarka - the vast forests around Oslo - are a joy to explore, with lush green valleys and diverse fauna including species such as lynx, beaver, Eurasian elk and deer, while the Oslofjord is very impressive, a huge fjord that's stretched over 120 Kilometres.

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INTRODUCTION TO OSLO

  • Discover the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals from the comfort of your coach
  • Photo stops will allow you to capture some of the city’s iconic sites
  • Limited walking makes it ideal for most
Panoramic Coach Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00-£35.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This two hour introductory tour of Oslo will give you a small taste of what the capital of Norway has to offer – one of the largest capitals in Europe in surface area.

You will make two short photo stops – one giving a good view of the stunning Oslo Opera House, and another at the new ski jump of Holmenkollen.

Driving through the city centre on the main street Karl Johans Gate, pass by monumental buildings such as the Royal Palace, Cathedral, National Theatre, Norwegian Parliament, City Hall and the 13th century Fortress of Akershus. Throughout, your English speaking guide will keep you amused and informed.

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Is this tour right for you?

This tour involves very little walking (optional at the photo stops) – therefore it is particularly suitable for guests with limited mobility. All participants should, however, be able to board the coach unaided.


Akerselva River, Oslo, Norway

Bicycle River Tour

  • Enjoy a leisurely cycle ride along the Akerselva River, including stops at various waterfalls
  • Admire the impressive views from the roof of the modern Oslo Opera House
Activity Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Discover an alternative Oslo, full of street art, trendy bars and waterfalls! Ideal for guests who have already seen the main sights of the city, or those who wish to get off the beaten track.

Meet your guide at the pier, and take a short walk to the bike office where you will collect your bike. Following a short briefing, it is time to reveal a less-discovered side of Oslo that should not be missed.

You will cycle the path alongside the Akerselva River, the river connecting Oslo’s wilderness to its fjord. A brief stop will be made at the heart of Oslo’s food scene – the indoor market Mathallen. This former bridge-building factory offers a number of speciality shops, cafes and places to eat.

Continue through the Vulkan industrial area and along the fringes of the trendy Grüneløkka, to an area where rushing waterfalls located in the heart of the city. A pause for refreshment will be made at a local café, where you can savour a tasty waffle. Energised, your ride continues to the stunning Oslo Opera House. Resembling a giant iceberg and appearing to rise from the fjord; the building was built in 2008. Its unusual construction allows you to walk on the roof, and offers wonderful views of the surrounding area.

Returning to the bike office, you have the opportunity to further explore the city at leisure, or to make your way back to your awaiting ship with your guide.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? You will spend approximately two hours on your bike, so participants need to be fairly active and have the ability to ride a bicycle with gears; it is better suited for guests who are confident cyclists. For reference, you will cycle approximately 11 kilometres (seven miles). Please note that the minimum age for this tour is 12 years old and must be accompanied by one paying adult. Cycle helmets will be provided, and flat, comfortable footwear is recommended. This tour will operate in most weather conditions, and guest are advised to dress according to the weather on the day. You may wish to bring a bottle of water with you.


Oslo, Norway

BOAT TRIP ON THE OSLOFJORD

  • Enjoy a lesiurely cruise along the Oslofjord
  • Uncover the Islands that are situated in the Fjord
  • Discover Oslo’s scenic gem
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£77.00 - £87.00
DurationApproximately 1.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Board a boat which will take you on a tour of the Oslofjord, where you can discover the innermost part of the fjord and its many uninhabited islands.

Leaving the quayside you will take a short walk to reach the boat launch, where you will embark on a cruise around the Oslofjord. You can admire the many little islands located in the innermost part of the fjord. Learn more about the history from your captain and enjoy the view of Oslo and its surroundings from the water. The Oslofjord is not a fjord in the geological sense - in Norwegian, the term fjord can refer to a wide range of waterways. The bay is divided into the inner and outer Oslofjord, stretching 17 kilometres long and one kilometre wide. In the summer the fjord buzzes with life and there is a great atmosphere to soak up and enjoy.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour will have some walking to and from the boat, depending on the ships berth there may be an approximated eight minute walk, participants must also be agile enough to get on and off the boat. Please note that there will be inside & outside seating. Please be aware that the boat will not stop at the islands. Participants are advised to bring a jacket as it can be cold when travelling on the water. It should be noted that your ship may cruise part of the Oslofjord – this tour will give you a different perspective from a smaller boat.


FJORD CRUISE & CITY SIGHTSEEING

  • Discover the city from a different perspective
  • Explore this beautiful area by both land and sea
    Price£65.00-£75.00
    DurationApproximately 4 hours
    Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

    A unique chance to explore the secrets of the beautiful Oslofjord, onboard one of Oslo’s many sightseeing boats. Cruise amongst the many small islands whilst enjoying the sights of Oslo, its harbour and its surroundings.

    Then, continuing by coach, visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, home to a unique collection of statues by the Norwegian Sculptor Gustav Vigeland and commissioned by the city of Oslo. He created his own world of human beings and animals in stone, iron and bronze – about 200 statue groups in all.

    Visit the iconic Holmenkollen Ski Arena where ‘Eddie the Eagle’ jumped with so much courage on the old hill some years ago. On a clear day, the view of the city and the fjord is outstanding – a great photo opportunity. The coach will take you past many of the city’s sights, including the Royal Palace, Oslo Cathedral and the Opera House, on the return to your ship.

    Is this tour right for you?

    IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There are steps to board the boat, as well as to reach the open deck. All seats are covered and the best views are from on deck. You are advised to wear layers of clothing that you can remove if necessary, and a rainproof jacket would be advisable. The boat has toilet facilities and a PA system. The tour through the Vigeland Sculpture Park covers a distance of approximately 850 metres on partly paved, partly gravelled ground; there are several flights of steps, totalling somewhere in the region of 100 steps to negotiate - there are ramps in most places for wheelchairs, but this will mean leaving the guide and group. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that the itinerary may operate in reverse – with the coach journey before the boat trip.


    Fred. Olsen History

    FRED. OLSEN HISTORY IN NORWAY

    • Enjoy a visit to Hvitsten - the Olsen family’s home village
    • Discover the history behind the Olsens’ presence in Norway & Oslo
    • Explore the village with your guide – do not forget your camera!
    Price£40.00 - £50.00
    DurationApproximately 3 hours
    LimitationLimited capacity
    Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

    The Fred. Olsen Company originated in Hvitsten in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company. Now into the fifth generation of the family, you will be able to visit the home village of the Olsens, see the family home and learn how the community has been influenced by their ancestors.   

    Located by the Oslofjord in between Son and Drøbak, Hvitsten is well known for its link to the Olsen family who have lived here for generations. Petter Olsen (1821-1899) lived here with his wife Bolette (1828-1922) and in 1887 gave both houses of worship and schools to Hvitsten. Hvitsten School is one of the oldest in Vestby and is currently the offices for some of Fred. Olsen’s businesses.

    The old stave style church, built in 1903, was also a gift from Bolette Olsen. Petter and Bolette had seven children and Fred. Olsen (1857-1933) was the one who moved the company to the capital in 1902, transformed it from sail to steam and then engine - and has rightly earned a monument in his honour in Hvitsten.

    Hvitsten is a pleasant seaside village with a small church and houses from the 1700’s. It grew to be as you see it today - an irregular settlement with small one and two storey wooden houses scattered on a rocky outcrop, connected by narrow, hilly streets. Hvitsten had 81 residents in 1950 - today there are about 600 holiday cottages in Hvitsten, plus approximately 100 permanent houses with around 350 residents. Hvitsten became popular among Norwegian artists in the mid 19th century – Munch acquired a property here in 1910, where he painted landscapes and seascapes, men and women sunbathing on rocks and pets from the neighbourhood.

    Enjoy a walk around Hvitsten, viewing the church, the old school, the local museum and green area. See some of the figureheads placed around the area and the Fred. Olsen monument. Fred. Olsen owns still the family house Vestre Lysedahl and you will pass by this summer residence.

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    Is this tour right for you?

    TOUR NOTES: This tour is guided throughout. You will spend up to 90 minutes at Hvitsten with walking and standing throughout. This includes hilly and partly paved and partly gravel terrain. Therefore the tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Please wear sturdy shoes and warm clothing (layers are best). 


    Cruises to Oslo, Norway

    GHOST WALK & ICEBAR

    • Step back in time and explore the legends of the past
    • Visit the futuristic Magic IceBar & Gallery
    • Enjoy the atmosphere of the IceBar as you savour a drink in an ice glass
    Activity Tour
    Price£40.00 - £50.00
    DurationApproximately 3 Hours
    Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
    Refreshments includedRefreshments included

    Take a haunted walking tour and experience eerie tales as you step through the shadows, gather your courage and discover the streets of old Christiania and Akershus Fortress, before visiting the modern day IceBar for a rewarding drink.

    Oslo is more than 1,000 years old and its history is filled both with horrifying stories, starting with the Vikings to bloody battles between the neighbouring countries, and with joyful and happy events. Some of these events are left hidden but some may still be here, waiting, lingering...

    After your guided ghost walk you will enjoy a refreshing stop at the Magic IceBar. Here you will receive a cape and gloves before entering to view sculptures inspired by Ibsen and Van Gogh and created from ice by artists from all over the world. A welcome drink in an ice glass will be served, which you can enjoy as you view and photograph the works of art. This enchanting atmosphere will add to your mysterious and magical adventure.

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    Is this tour right for you?

    IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a walking tour and you will encounter cobblestones, steps and uneven surfaces. You will be walking and standing for the duration of the tour. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes (layers are best). Please note that inside the IceBar the surfaces may be slippery, so please take extra care.

     


    Norway

    NORWAY'S INTREPID EXPLORERS

    • A great chance to view three of Norway’s top maritime themed Museums
    • Admire the many historic items on display
    • Relive some of the famous expeditions through the exhibits 
    Activity Tour
    Price£65.00-£75.00
    DurationApproximately 4 Hours
    LimitationLimited capacity
    Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

    A unique chance to appreciate the hardships and triumphs faced in three distinct eras – marvel at the original ships and boats on display and learn more about the conditions these intrepid explorers faced.

    A visit to the Viking Ship Museum will allow you to realise the scale and beauty of the three Viking ships housed here, which date back 1,100 years. These ships were part of large burial mounds excavated at the turn of the 20th century. On display is everything needed for a long journey, including sleds and a wagon from the Oesberg grave.

    Continue to the Kon-Tiki Museum which houses original boats and exhibits from Thor Heyerdahl’s world famous expeditions. Thor Heyerdahl was considered one of the world’s most famous scientists, adventurers and environmental campaigners of all time. Experience the original Kon-Tiki raft, the reed boat Ra II and an exhibition about Easter Island that includes a 10 metre replica of a statue from Easter Island.

    To conclude, travel to the Fram Museum, home to the polar ship Fram – the strongest wooden ship ever built, for the amazing Norwegian polar expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. Discover how they managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth – The North and the South Poles.

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    Is this tour right for you?

    IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at each of the museums visited. There are stairs to the exhibitions at the Fram Museum, but a lift should be available, and steps to enter the Fram Ship - guests will need to be agile to explore the Fram which is not suitable for guests who suffer with claustrophobia. If time allows, a visit will also be made to the Gjøa building which houses the first ship to navigate the length of the North West Passage. Points of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Please note that some exhibits maybe be blocked off due to conservational scanning.


    Train in Oslo, Norway

    OSLO HERITAGE AND NOSTALGIC TRAIN RIDE

    • Discover the Nordre Øyeren Nature Reserve - the largest in Northern Europe
    • Set sail aboard MS Øyeren as you appreciate the beauty of the reserve
    • Enjoy a unique ride in an original railway carriage of a veteran train 
    Activity Tour Boat Tour Train Tour
    Price£120.00-£130.00
    DurationApproximately 4 Hours
    Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
    Refreshments includedRefreshments included

    Admire and enjoy Norway’s true beauty with a tour into the countryside, away from the hustle and bustle of the city – this tour is the perfect getaway, if you have visited Oslo before.

    Leaving Oslo behind, you will travel on the motorway directly to Fetsund Lenser - a national heritage monument, timber floating museum and nature centre. Here you will discover a unique blend of cultural and natural adventures, set in the beautiful scenery on the River Glomma, and get to know more about this environment. If you wish, you can embark on a walk over the river via the two and a half kilometre timber, floating boardwalks.

    After the informative visit, you will set sail on board MS Øyeren to Glomma and into Nordre Øyeren Nature Reserve, which also constitutes the Nordic region’s largest inland delta. Once you arrive in Bingsfoss, your coach will be waiting to transport you to the station to join the Urskog-Høland railway. The railway operated from 1896 up to 1960. Embark on a nostalgic, narrow gauge train journey drawn by the original steam locomotive. This unique journey, in an original railway carriage, travels past meadows as the trains once did daily, between the villages of Sørumsand and Skulerud. The veteran train runs to the end station at Fossum before you return to Sørumsand station by train and then re-board your coach back to Oslo. 

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    Is this tour right for you?

    IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking - there will be walking at Fetsund Lenser and to and from the different transportation. There are also high steps to board the train. Therefore the tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There may be two different wagon classes on the train, in which case passengers will change seats for the return ride. Points of interest may be visited in a different order than that described. The operation of the boat ride is subject to a high water level - in case the level is low, the boat ride will be cancelled and instead you will use the coach to the train station. 


    Oslo's War History

    • Uncover an element of Oslo’s war history
    • Gain an insight into life during the occupation of World War II
    • Visit some of the key buildings used by the Norwegian Resistance
    Price£40.00-£50.00
    DurationApproximately 3 hours
    Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

    This themed walking tour will introduce you to the occupation history of Oslo during World War II, and inform you about the dark five years when Norway was occupied.

    You’re your begins with a visit to the Akerhus Fortress and the Norwegian Resistance museum. Here you can gain an insight into the German Occupation during World War II, with the aid of a number of displays including original newspapers, recordings and artefacts. The museum is located in a 17th century building in the grounds of the Akerhus Fortress, and adjoins the memorial for Norwegian patriots killed during the war.

    After a walk on the ramparts of the fortress, you will continue past some of the many important places used during the Norwegian Resistance Movement’s attempts and successes at sabotage. Your guide will impart knowledge on the escape of the Norwegian Royal Family, and the secret smuggling of the government to England.

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    Is this tour right for you?

    IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking over mainly paved terrain. Guests are advised to wear layers – a waterproof jacket is recommended, along with comfortable walking shoes. For reference, points of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


    Oslo Opera House, Norway

    TURANDOT AT OSLO OPERA HOUSE

    • Enjoy a wonderful oppurtinity to enjoy an show at the Iconic Opera house
    • Turandot - was the last Puccini wrote before travelling to a clinic in Brussels, where he died after a cancer operation in 1924
    • Savor a delightful refreshment prior to watching the performance
    Activity Tour
    PriceTBC
    DurationApproximately 3 Hours
    Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
    Refreshments includedRefreshments included

    Puccini's opera presents a beautiful tale about Princess Turandot who has sworn never to marry any man unless he can correctly answer her three riddles. Captivated by her beauty, the unknown Prince Calàf takes up the challenge, well aware that the untouchable ice princess has issued an ultimatum: anyone who tries and fails must die. Giacomo Puccini created a rich, beautiful soundtrack for this darkly erotic tale, setting it in classical Beijing and weaving simple Chinese folk tunes into the orchestra's huge sound.

    The opera includes famous arias such as "Signore, ascolta", sung by the servant Liù as she tries to stop Prince Calàf from throwing himself away in Turandot's perilous challenge, and the Prince's beautiful "Nessun dorma", as he looks forward to winning the princess's hand.

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    Is this tour right for you?

    IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a minimal amount of walking inside the Opera house to get to your seats, depending on where our seats will be allocated there may be some steps to access the seats. It should be noted that your seats may not be reserved in a large block, rather in small groups together. Photography is not permitted in the theatre. Smart casual wear is the recommended attire (jackets for gentlemen).


    Ekeberg Park, Oslo

    VIGELAND & EKEBERG SCULPTURE PARKS WITH THE MUNCH MUSEUM

    • Enjoy Ekeberg – a unique sculpture park overlooking Oslo 
    • Seek out the park where Edvard Munch gained inspiration for his famous ‘The Scream’
    • Admire the sculptures that are showcased in the Vigeland Sculpture Park
    • Uncover the Munch Museum during an interesting visit
    Activity Tour
    Price£75.00-£85.00
    DurationApproximately 3 Hours
    LimitationLimited capacity
    Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

    Explore both Vigeland and Ekeberg - sculpture parks for the people of Oslo as well as visitors looking for a unique experience. A visit will also be made to the famous Munch Museum, where you will find many of Munch’s paintings, drawings and prints.

    A short transfer will take you up to Ekeberg, where you are offered an amazing art experience in close proximity to the rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. The area has been a park since the end of the 19th century, but was left to deteriorate before being reinvented recently. The park’s main theme is “Homage to Woman”; therefore most of the installations have women as the subject. In addition to the art you will enjoy the fantastic views over the city – the park is where Edvard Munch gained inspiration for his world famous Scream, with the Oslofjord in the background.

    Continue by coach, to visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park; home to a unique collection of statues by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. He created his own world of human beings and animals in stone, iron and bronze – about 200 statue groups in all. Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850-metre long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children's playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.

    Lastly, a visit to the Munch Museum will be enjoyed. Here you can seek out the largest single collection of Edvard Munch’s work, which provides a good insight into the artist as an expressionist. After an interesting visit you will return to your awaiting ship.

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    Is this tour right for you?

    IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is guided throughout and involves a strenuous amount of walking. The terrain in the parks will be asphalt, gravel and grass and there are inclines and steps. Therefore the tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Please wear sturdy shoes and warm clothing (layers are best). Please note that there is a charge for using the toilet facilities at Ekeberg. Points of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. For your reference, Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ is currently on display at the National Gallery, and therefore will not be seen on this tour.


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