3 Days in Olso: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, October 2013
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
No matter what cruise ship you arrive on, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion in Oslo. Explore the sunniest capital in Scandinavia with this one ... Read more
Duration: Valid for 24 hours
Drink in views of Oslo's beautiful setting on the Oslo Fjord on this two-hour sightseeing cruise. This shore excursion is an enjoyable, relaxing way to get an ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
This four-hour city sightseeing tour of Oslo is a fabulous introduction to the city and a convenient way to see the major attractions while you're in port. ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)