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3 Days in Olso: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, October 2014

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Oslo - a city in the countryside. If that sounds confusing, consider that Oslo is one of Europe’s largest capitals in terms of the area it covers (450 square kilometers/280 square miles), but with one of the smallest populations (1.5 million). So, when you get sick of the excellent galleries, cafes, bars and shops, it’s easy to hop on a bicycle or train, into a yacht or kayak, or onto skis or ice skates and venture into the great outdoors – all without leaving the city limits!

Day 1: Oslo by Land

Oslo was founded around 1048, burnt to the ground in 1624 and was rebuilt as Christiania. It became Oslo again in 1925, and these days it is a wonderful mix of old and new architecture and culture. This is the city that inspired playwright Henrik Ibsen (have coffee at Grand Café where he sipped), and Edvard Munch, painter of the famous The Scream (in the National Gallery). Begin your stay by getting a feel for this diverse and cultural city on a sightseeing tour taking in Viking history, folk museums and art galleries, including the wonderful Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Day 2: Oslo by Sea

The city is situated at the head of the Oslofjord – not actually a fjord but so beautiful you will forgive it. Take a boat tour and marvel at the gorgeous scenery – islands, inlets, and the ancient Akershus fortress that once protected the city. If you want to combine sea and land, take the boat/bus tour which includes the maritime museum, although the Vikings are long gone. And if time is of the essence and you want to get a look at everything - fjords, museums, Kon-Tiki Raft and the Holemnkollen Ski Jump - go for the Oslo experience: city, fjord, and countryside all in one go.

Day 3: Oslo in Detail

Modern-day Oslo has plenty to offer if you have time to just wander and take in the sights. Climb aboard the Hop-On, Hop-Off  Bus and explore the cafes and shops of this cosmopolitan, if expensive, city. Get into the Viking mindset at the Viking Ship Museum, see Norway’s most famous painter at the Munch Museum, and remember world-honored achievements at the Nobel Peace Centre. The Oslo Pass gets you into 33 museums and attractions around town for free plus lots of other discounts. In the evening, take a relaxing cruise on a traditional wooden ship as the sun sets.

Oslo really is the city that has it all: summer and winter, indoor and outdoor, land and sea. The only thing you’ll worry about is how to fit it all into three days.

Tours & Tickets

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Oslo City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 100 Reviews

Explore the sunniest capital of Scandinavia with this 24-hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights of Oslo as you hop on and ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: Valid for 24 hours

From USD $33.67

All-Inclusive Oslo City Tour: Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland Park, Polarship Fram Museum and Kon-Tiki Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Visit Frogner Park (commonly known as Vigeland Park), the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and three top Oslo museums on a half-day city tour of Oslo! Travel between each ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.24

Visit Oslo Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 146 Reviews

The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo! The Oslo Pass lets you devote your entire trip to activities without the hassle of booking and buying.

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: Varies

From USD $44.79

Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Drink in views of Oslo's beautiful setting on the Oslo Fjord (or Oslofjord) on this two-hour sightseeing cruise. It's an enjoyable, relaxing way to get an ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.55

Nordic Food Walking Tour in Oslo

Work your way around Oslo’s culinary haunts on this 3.5-hour food walking tour led by a food-loving local guide. Casting the spotlight firmly on New Nordic ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.17

Norwegian Evening Cruise on the Fjord

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Journey through Oslo’s beautiful fjord on this Norwegian evening cruise. On board a traditional wooden sailboat, you’ll see Oslo’s waterfront sights. Munch on ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.01

Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

See the highlights of Oslo in one afternoon on a leisurely paced, 3-hour bike tour. Suitable for all fitness levels, your tour takes in top Oslo sights, like ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.33

Bergen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Discover Bergen’s highlights on a fun and flexible hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Settle into a comfortable open-top bus and roam the city at your own pace, ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: Valid for 24 hours

From USD $29.79

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