See Oslo and its surrounding countryside the same way locals have for thousands of years: by water. Discover the scenery on a traditional wooden boat, fully restored to its former glory. You will first see Akershus Castle and Fortress whose original construction dates back to 1299AD. Built to protect the city, it has successfully survived all sieges. Most of what you see today was added in the 17th century. Today it is still a military area. It is also home to the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and the Norwegian Resistance Museum, both of which can be visited. It is also the final resting place of Norwegian nobility.
Sail through a maze of islands, many dotted with small summer houses, and the Dyna Lighthouse. Pass the Opera House, Hovedoya Island, and the Bygdoy peninsula, with its many interesting museums and beaches. Make your way to a smaller branch of the Oslofjord, the waterways that surround Oslo. Although not as dramatic as the taller, deeper waterways found in the west of Norway, this waterway leads to small serene villages with quaint clapboard houses, quiet Islands and boats galore.
You will then return to Oslo Harbor.
Reviewer: Robin Walter
Very easy to find. Walking distance to ship. Good tour of the entire bay. Nice boat. Not overcrowded. Every seat was able to see everything.
Tour office was conveniently located from our dock, however there are 4 different piers that the cruise ships use. We exchanged our confirmation email for tickets and boarded a wooden boat for a lovely cruise that toured the city's water front and then headed out to see the fjords and summer houses built into the cliffs. Tour guide was knowledgeable and answered individual questions. The Noble Peace Museum was next to the dock and provided an interesting place to get out of the rain until our tour time. Loved seeing the opera house and the summer homes were beautiful built into the cliff walls. Worth the money for a relaxing tour of Oslo.
Easy walk to city hall area. While we waited, we happened to walk over to Nobel Peace Center and it was excellent! Once on the cruise, we enjoyed seeing the sights of Oslo however, I was expecting little quiet fjords (saw some) but for most of the two hours we were out in the middle of the bay and the boat rocked a lot when other boats went by. My mom was scared! The driver and guide were excellent.
It was graet!