Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. It’s known for its green spaces and museums.
Ships sail along the tranquil Oslofjord to reach the Norwegian cruise port and capital Oslo; a spectacular city surrounded by snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills, it was founded in 1050 and has been Norway’s capital since the end of the 11th century.
The modern city, an eclectic mix of ancient castles, frescoed 18th century houses, vast parks and glittering lakes, is a delight. Oslo cruise must-sees include the Viking House Museum with its display of 9th century longboats, the Munch-museet, which houses works by Edvard Munch, and the medieval Akershus Castle – a warren of secret passages, crypts, dungeons and magnificent halls.
Cruises to Oslo will also give you the opportunity to enjoy the traditional Norwegian cuisine. Near the castle, in Aker Brygge, you will find some of Norway’s best restaurants serving classic dishes like fiskesuppe (fish soup), fenalar (cured leg of mutton) and multer med krem (cloudberries with cream). With such a variety of activities available for Oslo cruises make some time too for a stroll through verdant Frogner Park, home to more than 190 masterpieces by the famous sculptor Gustav Vigeland.
If you like bustling cities this is the one for a city break.
The HOHO buses are right by the port. Round trip about NK180pp. The route covers all the main Oslo sights and it takes approx. 1hr 30 minutes. Compared to onboard tours and prices, it is well worth the money.
It is an easy walk from the berth in Oslo to the Royal Palace and then onward to Frogner Park with its open-air display of hundreds of Vigeland sculptures, allegedly showing the seven ages of man (and woman), obviously before the advent of clothes! Back down through the City, past the Norwegian Parliament building. The National Opera House is fantastic and well worth a look and walk up the sloped wall/roof (yes, really!).
There are some really good (not stuffy) museums a ferry ride across the harbour in Bygdoy. There is one with a Viking ship in it, another with a model of Kon Tiki and another with one of the polar expedition ships.
A trip to Drobak a little village on the fjord is worthwhile. It is billed as a Christmas village as there is a Christmas shop which is open all year round.
By Peter Dagnall
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