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Oslofjord

Oslofjord

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Oslo Fjord, Oslo, Oslo

The Basics

Oslofjord—scattered with islets, isolated coves, and little pockets of beach—is a leisure destination for the inhabitants of Norway’s capital. Fjord cruises are a good way to take in the scenery and learn about the area’s history and geography, while island-hopping ferries allow you to visit the islands and see highlights such as the Cistercian monastery on the island of Hovedøya, the beaches of Huk bay, and a nature reserve for wading birds on Bleikøya. Fjord cruises are also featured on some full-day Oslo tours, during which you can visit city highlights such as Akershus Fortress, the Oslo Opera House, and Vigeland Park.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oslo

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A great choice!
Madhu_A, Mar 2020
Winter Cruise on the Oslofjord
I am so glad to have gone on this trip. It was a great way to see Oslo from the water. And to see the coastline and beautiful traditional small (and larger!) cottages by the shore. Stopping off for the museums and being picked up again later was fun. The crew on board made us so welcome. Thankyou again.
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Great tour.
Kim, Mar 2020
Winter Cruise on the Oslofjord
Great crew, great sites. Stop at Bygdøy was a great way to get in more sites through the day. Prompt and well located.
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Oslo fjord
akikobuyo, Jan 2020
Winter Cruise on the Oslofjord
Overall, I enjoyed the cruise. I was able to see Oslo fjord & other sightseeing places from the cruise ship.
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Amazing experience!
Laura, Mar 2020
Winter Cruise on the Oslofjord
We had a wonderful time on the cruise. The staff were very lovely and the facilities were great. Would highly recommend.
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Good sightseeing cruise
lynnthalaal, Feb 2020
Winter Cruise on the Oslofjord
Had good views and comfortable seating. There's a cafe on board that serves drinks and food such as waffles.
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A Great Day A Great Tour
Joyce H, Dec 2019
Winter Cruise on the Oslofjord
It was a cold, but beautiful day. The boat was easy to find, and everything went very smoothly. They loaded the time they said they would and we set sail at the time they said we would. It was really interesting to learn the history of some of the sites we saw along the way and the 2.5 hours spent on the island was perfect. We enjoyed the island and museums so much, we went back the next day by bus, so we could spend even more time there, Even thought it was only 19 degrees when we boarded, we were warm enough. They have wool blankets to snuggle up in and they had hot drinks for sale. I couldn't believe the time passed so quickly on the boat. Definitely worth doing, no matter the weather.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Oslofjord is a must-see for first-time visitors to the capital.

  • Dress in layers. Temperatures on the water can be cold, even in summer.

  • The best place to swim in the fjord is off Museum Island (Bygdøy), a peninsula on the western side of the city.

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How to Get There

To reach Oslofjord, take ferry 92, 93, or 94 from Vippetangen in Oslo’s city center. The fjord’s islets are accessible by private boat, ferry, or guided tour, and it takes roughly 20 minutes to get to most islands from Vippetangen on the Oslo waterfront.

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When to Get There

The narrow sounds of Oslofjord are best explored in summer, when weather is typically warm and the sun sets for only a few hours each night. This is the most popular time to visit, and the bays can be packed (by Scandinavian standards) with boats and swimmers. As such, it’s a good idea to book tours and accommodations ahead of time.

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Viking History in Oslo

Vikings once called the area around Oslofjord home, and some ancient settlements surrounding the waterway date back to the Stone Age and Bronze Age. The world’s best-preserved Viking ship was unearthed from the fjord’s waters and currently resides in the city’s Viking Ship Museum.

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