Akershus Castle & Fortress (Akershus Slott) Tours

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Akershus Castle & Fortress (Akershus Slott)
Set on the banks of Oslo Fjord, Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) was built in 1299 as a residence for Norway’s royal family. Over the years it has served as a fortress to protect Oslo against sieges from rival Swedish forces, as a Renaissance castle, and as a full-fledged 19th-century prison. 

The Basics
Highlights include Akershus Castle Church, the Royal Mausoleum, and a series of reception and banquet rooms. Inside the castle, valuable artifacts illustrate the structure’s storied history and offer a glimpse into Norway’s medieval and Renaissance past. Today Akershus Fortress is headquarters for Norway’s Ministry of Defense and home to the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and Norway’s Resistance Museum. 

Akershus Castle and Fortress is one of Oslo’s top sites and many city tours include a stop at the imposing structure. Segway and bike tours are a good way to see the castle and take in sights around Oslo Fjord, while hop-on, hop-off bus tours allow you to visit at your own pace. It’s also possible to see the castle and fortress on a sightseeing cruise or historical ghost tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Akershus Castle and Fortress is a must-see for history buffs.
  • Maps of the grounds are available at the visitor center. 
  • There is no restaurant on-site, so it’s a good idea to grab a bite to eat before you arrive.
  • Akershus Fortress, the castle grounds, and the Castle Church are wheelchair accessible, but paths around the grounds are mostly cobblestone and can be steep.

How to Get There
The castle and fortress are easily accessible by Tram No. 12 to Christiania Torv. Guided tours typically provide round-trip transportation, whether you choose to arrive by bus, bike, or segway. 

When to Get There
The castle and fortress are open year-round, but summer is the most picturesque time to visit, when the grounds are in full bloom and the weather is typically sunny and warm. 

The Military History of Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress is a must-see landmark for military history enthusiasts. The fortress remains undefeated since its construction in 1299, save when it peacefully surrendered to the Nazis without combat in 1940, when the city was evacuated due to a German attack on Denmark and Norway.
Address: Akershus Kommandantskap, Oslo 0015, Norway
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Segway Tour of Oslo

Experience Norway's capital from aboard a self-balancing Segway. Enjoy a guided 1.5-hour tour of Oslo on a stand-up electric vehicle, buzzing around the city streets and taking in some of the top local sights as you go. See the National Opera House, Parliament and the University of Oslo—stop for photo ops at the Royal Castle—then continue on to explore the Aker Brygge neighborhood and visit Akershus Fortress, an impressive medieval castle once used as a prison.
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City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore Oslo by a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus; it’s the perfect way to discover Norway’s capital at your own pace. Use your voucher for 24 hours, and hop on and off the bus at 18 stops around the city. Listen to audio narration about each of the sights, and use the route to take you to attractions such as Vigeland Sculpture Park and Akershus Castle and Fortress
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Visit Oslo Pass

Sightsee your way around the Norwegian capital with the Oslo Pass. Available with a range of validity periods, the city card is your ticket to get to know the city. Use it for free admissions to must-visit attractions like the Kon-Tiki Museum and Akershus Fortress, and make use of discounts at Tusenfryd theme park and Oslo Winter Park among other sites. Extra benefits include free public transport in select zones, discounted restaurant meals and more.
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Panoramic Oslo City Sightseeing Tour

Enhance your experience of Oslo on a comprehensive 2-hour sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital. With a knowledgeable guide, stop at significant attractions like Vigeland Park and Holmenkollen Ski Jump while gaining fascinating insight into the city’s rich historical heritage. Marvel at the incredible bronze and granite sculptures of Gustav Vigeland and absorb sweeping vistas of the pretty city from the vertiginous vantage point of the ski jump. Then, explore the city center by coach, cruising past monuments like Oslo Cathedral and Akershus Castle, while listening to interesting commentary.
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Myths and Legends of Oslo

Follow in the footsteps of ancient Vikings, criminals and legendary local ghosts on a 2-hour walking tour through the heart of Oslo with a storyteller guide. See the main attractions in the historic center as you trace a route from City Hall to Kvadraturen and the landmarks of Karl Johans gate. Learn the dark side of local history as your guide brings fierce battles, myths and murders to life, and hear about some of Norway’s most offbeat traditions. Enjoy the change to take in Oslo's sights with a fun twist.
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Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights

Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural majesty of Oslo on a leisurely 3-hour bike tour of the Norwegian capital. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise through the  charming city streets and visit popular attractions like Aker Brygge shipyard, Akerhus Castle and the Royal Palace. Receive an insightful introduction to the city’s rich historical heritage and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to only 15 people.
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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Oslo 4-Hour Tour with Vigeland Park and Viking Ship Museum

When your ship docks in Oslo's port, take a 4-hour private tour of Oslo on foot. Walk through the Norwegian capital, including visits to the Royal Palace, the National Theater, the Parliament Building, Oslo Cathedral, and Akershus. Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Museum, and Oslo's best lookout: the Holmenkollen Skip Jump.
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Oslo Sightseeing Mini Cruise through the Oslo Fjord

Admire Oslo from the water on a 1-hour and 25-minute boat ride. The cruise passes along the scenic Oslo Fjord , Color Line-quay and Museum Island. , and past the museums of Bygdøy Peninsula. Look out for must-see Oslo landmarks such as Akershus Fortress and Oslo Opera House, and jump off at different stops to take photos and see sights up close. Audio commentary is included on board.
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The Essential Oslo Private Walking Tour

See Oslo's top sights and attractions on a fascinating walking tour. Set out from City Hall―home of the Noble Peace Prize―to explore Norway's bustling capital, taking in such local landmarks as Parliament, the Royal Palace and the University of Oslo. Marvel at Akershus Fortress, wander through Aker Brugge―a revitalized waterfront area now home to a bevy of stores, bars and restaurants―and visit the Tjuvholmen District, a foodie haven that also boast numerous art galleries. Get expert tips on the best spots to drink, eat and shop in the area.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Oslo Driving Tour

Spend your shore excursion in Oslo in the company of a private guide during this 3-hour tour. Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary while visiting the city's highlights, such as the Oslo Opera House, the Cathedral, Slottsparken, Akershus Castle, and the Oslo Fjord.
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Private Oslo Sightseeing Tour

Specially designed for cruise ship passengers, this private off-shore excursion ticks off Oslo’s most celebrated attractions in a single visit. Get a peek at iconic sights like panoramic Holmenkollen Hill or the history-filled Fortress of Akerhus, completed in the 13th-century. Tours include door-to-door port pick-up and are timed to get you back on the ship before you set sail.
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Oslo Throughout the History

Akershus fortress used to be a reliable defender of Oslo since the times when the city was still as small that it could fit the land under the Ekeberg hill. Today, the castle is the most recognised symbol of Norwegian capital.We shall start the tour with a visit of castle territory to continue with the Town Hall and Town Hall Square and end up at Aker Brygge embankment, a former harbour and shipyard, and currently one of the most respectable areas of Oslo with restaurants, cafes, shops and a living district.Like time travelers we shall go through centuries and history of the city.
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