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How to Spend 3 Days in Oslo

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How to Spend 3 Days in Oslo
With three days in Oslo, you’re lucky to have plenty of time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, see its most famous sights, get out onto the waters of the fjord, and head out of town into the surrounding countryside. Here are a few ways to experience the very best of Oslo in 72 memorable hours.

Day 1: Sightseeing and Culture
Start your Oslo visit by exploring the city’s top sights, such as City Hall and Akershus Castle, on a guided tour by bus, Segway, or (like the locals) bicycle. Some tours also go beyond the city center to the soaring Holmenkollen ski jump and the famed sculpture park of Vigeland. Alternatively, set your own itinerary with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour, spending as long as you like at each stop before continuing on the route.

Make the most of your stay and save money by booking a Visit Oslo Pass. It grants free admission to the city’s most important cultural attractions, including the Munch Museum (home to the world-famous painting The Scream), the Nobel Peace Center, and the Kon-Tiki Museum, which is dedicated to the 1947 Norwegian expedition to Polynesia. The pass also includes free public transit for the length of your pass’ validity. 

Day 2: Explore the Fjord and Food Scene
Get a different perspective on Oslo by sailing through its shimmering fjord on a sightseeing cruise. Soak up the views of the waterfront area, home to attractions such as the elegant Oslo Opera House and the skyscrapers of the Barcode district. Also see the forested hills around the city, plus the little islands that dot the fjord and are home to the summer homes of well-to-do Oslo residents. Alternatively, exert some energy on a kayak tour. Paddling through the fjord offers a close-up view of the nature that surrounds the city and the opportunity to stop at small island beaches.

Afterward, immerse yourself in Oslo’s rich culinary heritage and learn about cutting-edge New Nordic cuisine on a guided food-themed tour of the capital’s gastronomic hot spots. Alternatively, a beer- and cheese-tasting tour takes you to the busy Mathallen food hall and local pubs for local cheese, meat, and beer sampling.

Day 3: Experience the Countryside
Even with just one day to spare, it’s possible to get out of the city and explore the surrounding Norwegian countryside. On a full-day tour from Oslo you can hop on the Bergen railway to Myrdal, from where you ride the scenic Flåm Railway through the beautiful valley of Flåmsdalen, cruise down the UNESCO World Heritage–protected waters of Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord, visit Gudvangen, and see other charming villages that dot the landscape. Skip the hassle of trip planning by booking a self-guided tour that combines the convenience of a guided tour with the freedom of independent travel.
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City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore Oslo on a city sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour; 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 multiple 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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2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise

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Discover the tranquil waters of Oslo Fjord on a sightseeing cruise. As you ride around the water, listen to commentary from an onboard guide to learn about Oslo and the nature and countryside that surrounds it. Cruises depart at several different times during the day.
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Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights

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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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1,5 hour City Cruise | 5 stopsDay Cruises

1,5 hour City Cruise | 5 stops

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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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2- hour kayak trip on the Oslo Fjord

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Oslo combines the best of city life and nature. Experience both simultaneously on a 2-hour afternoon kayaking tour around Bygdøy. No previous kayaking experience is necessary, as you’ll get a training or refresher briefing before hitting the water with your private guide. Plus, you can customize your itinerary by choosing to kayak around natural area or visit a local beach.
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