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3 Days in Oslo

By Viator, September 2018

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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 a hop-on hop-off bus tour 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.

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2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise, Oslo, null
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2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 134 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 $37.70
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Oslo, Day Cruises
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City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 208 Reviews

Explore Norway’s capital city, Oslo, on an iconic City Sightseeing bus tour! With a 24-hour ticket, passengers can hop on and hop off at any of the 18 tour ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $41.71
Visit Oslo Pass, Oslo, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Visit Oslo Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 223 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: Flexible

From USD $49.80
3-Hour Norwegian Evening Cruise Aboard a Wooden Sailing Boat on the Oslo Fjord, Oslo, Sightseeing ... 
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3-Hour Norwegian Evening Cruise Aboard a Wooden Sailing Boat on the Oslo Fjord

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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 $56.10
All-Inclusive Oslo City Tour: Vigeland Park, Fram Museum or Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Viking Ship ... 
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All-Inclusive Oslo City Tour: Vigeland Park, Fram Museum or Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Viking Ship Museum

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Visit Frogner Park (commonly known as Vigeland Park) and top museums on a half-day city tour of Oslo. Travel between each must-visit attraction by coach, and ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.25
Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights, Oslo, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 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 $41.89
Nordic Food Walking Tour in Oslo, Oslo, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Nordic Food Walking Tour in Oslo

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Work your way around Oslo’s culinary haunts on this 4-hour food walking tour led by a food-loving local guide. Casting the spotlight firmly on New Nordic food, ...  Read more

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

From USD $146.30
Oslo City Tour, Including the Fram Museum or Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo, Food Tours
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Oslo City Tour, Including the Fram Museum or Kon-Tiki Museum

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Discover three of Oslo’s highlights — Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Vigeland Sculpture Park, and the Fram Museum or Kon-Tiki Museum — on a city tour by coach! With a ...  Read more

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

From USD $54.21
Oslo Sightseeing Mini Cruise through the Oslo Fjord, Oslo, Day Trips
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Oslo Sightseeing Mini Cruise through the Oslo Fjord

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Hop on hop off 1 hour 25 minutes on board a traditional wooden sailing ship. We pass the ancient fortress of Akershus, the opera house and picturesque islands ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.37
Panoramic Oslo City Sightseeing Tour, Oslo, Day Cruises
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Panoramic Oslo City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

See top Oslo attractions such as the City Hall, Akershus Castle and Fortress, the Opera, Oslo Cathedral and the Royal Palace, while learning about the city's ...  Read more

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

From USD $35.30

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