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How to Spend 1 Day in Oslo

How to Spend 1 Day in Oslo

Surrounded by fjords and forested hills, Oslo is doubly blessed by proximity to Norway’s dazzling nature and cultural clout. Renowned as the home of Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, Oslo is also one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities and buzzes with contemporary creative energy. Here’s how to spend 24 memorable hours in Oslo.

Morning: See the Sights

The Norwegian capital’s compact city center makes it easy to see a lot in a short time. Start your day by hitting up the city’s top sights, such as City Hall and Akershus Castle, on a guided tour by bus, Segway, or (like the locals) bike. Some tours also take you beyond Oslo’s city center to Holmenkollen ski jump and the famed sculpture park of Vigeland, and a few also include a fjord cruise. Alternatively, a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour allows you to set your own schedule and spend as long as you like at each stop before continuing on the route.

Afternoon: Hit the Museums

Spend the afternoon exploring Oslo’s wealth of cultural attractions, such as 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. You can save money by purchasing a Visit Oslo Pass, which grants free admission to museums and discounts at other attractions, restaurants, and shops. For the length of your pass’ validity, you also travel for free on public transit. Alternatively, if you want to visit only one or two museums, such as the Viking Ship Museum, look for a sightseeing tour that includes entrance.

Night: Cruise the Fjord or the Cuisine

In Oslo, much of local life revolves around the waterfront, an area that has undergone attractive development in recent years. You can soak up the sights of the city’s waterfront and its surrounding countryside on a cruise that takes you out onto the sparkling waters of the fjord, past sights such as the gleaming Oslo Opera House and Akershus Fortress, and by the many little islands that dot the fjord. Alternatively, indulge in some Norwegian specialties on a beer- and cheese-tasting tour that takes you to local pubs and, typically, the popular Mathallen food hall in the Grunerlokka neighborhood.

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City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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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3-Hour Norwegian Evening Cruise Aboard a Wooden Sailing Boat on the Oslo Fjord

3-Hour Norwegian Evening Cruise Aboard a Wooden Sailing Boat on the Oslo Fjord

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Spend an evening aboard a wooden sailboat in Oslo, and sail around the waters of Oslo Fjord. A great way to see the waterfront sights as the sun goes down, this 3-hour boat cruise follows a route past Akershus Fortress, Oslo Opera House and more. Cruise around the pretty islets of the fjord, and enjoy a snack of shrimps as you go.
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  • 3 hours
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US$58,17
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Oslo Highlights Bike Tour

Oslo Highlights Bike Tour

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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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  • 3 hours
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