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Oslo Pass Including Public Transport

1. Oslo Pass Including Public Transport

Oslo Pass is your ticket to the city of Oslo. The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo, this travel discount card grants you admission to more than 30 museums and attractions, access to public transportation, guided tours, as well as special offers in restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Available in validity periods of 24, 48 and 72 hours, Oslo Pass is a great value and pays for itself very quickly. Along with your Oslo Pass, you will receive a booklet describing all the benefits for Oslo Pass holders. The pass is valid for all attractions listed in the Oslo Pass booklet and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus, tram, local trains, and on the ferry boats to the islands in the inner Oslo fjord. You can take the following tours with your pass: Oslo City Walks, OURWAY Tours: Oslo City Walk. Additionally, enjoy access to the Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath. Visit the following museums with your Oslo Pass: Akershus Castle, Armed Forces Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Ekebergparken Sculpture Park, Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Historical Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower, Holocaust Center, Intercultural Museum, International Museum of Children's Art, Kunsternes Hus, Labour Museum, Munch Museum, Museum of Oslo, Museum of Science & Technology, National Museum - Architecture, Natural History Museum, Nobel Piece Center, Nordic Bible Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norway's Resistance Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Reptile Park, Oslo Transport Museum, Popsenteret, The Kon-Tiki Museum, The Salmon - Science Centre, and The Vigeland Museum.

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Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

2. Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

Visit wonderful sights in Oslo including the Royal Palace, Parliament and Akershus Fortress whilst solving pieces of the puzzle in this immersive exploration game. Play the role of the majestic Harald Hardrada, Viking king and founder of Oslo. Play the game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Unlock stories and learn interesting facts such as how Oslo became the home of the Nobel Peace Prize. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Enjoy as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller teams and compete against each other. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in just over 1 hour. Explore without a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

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Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

3. Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour

Climb aboard a local ferry to your first destination at the start of this fun island-hopping adventure. Sail to Hovedøya ("Main Island") where some of Oslo's best history and coastal scenery will be revealed. Learn how English monks came to Christianize post-Viking Oslo and set up a powerful abbey on the island nearly 1,000 years ago. Admire the well-preserved ruins as you walk among the chambers and rooms. Hear stories of Norway's transition from the Viking era to become part of a Christian Europe. Continue through sheep pastures and birch forests to arrive at the old ramparts and cannons from the 19th-century Napoleonic Wars. Explore the rugged coastline and stop at some beaches and lookout points before returning to the pier to catch another ferry to the island of Lindøya. Arrive at Lindøya and experience the charm of a summer retreat. See traditional wooden homes and gardens of flowers that contrast beautifully with the surrounding fjord. Get fantastic views from the summit of the island and work up an appetite for a picnic lunch. Stop at a local food store, if needed, to pick up something to eat. Enjoy your picnic on a southwest-facing beach and soak up the immense views of the water and hills. Then, jump on another ferry and sail past the island of Gressholmen, where the nature preserve is home to thick forest, sea cliffs and hidden beaches. Catch the ferry back to the city center and get an amazing entry into the port. Marvel at some of Oslo's most iconic sites, such as the old fortress of Akershus Festning, City Hall and the revitalized port of Aker Brygge.

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Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

4. Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Oslo like a local on this 3-hour bike tour of the major sights. Discover the parks, castle grounds, and paths of Oslo Fjord, and learn where to find the city’s best bars and restaurants from an expert guide. The leisurely tour is suitable for all fitness levels and ages, with plenty of stops for photos and visits of the main tourist attractions. Depart from the centrally-located Viking Biking store in downtown Oslo, and cycle on comfortable hybrid bikes to the pedestrianized City Hall Square, site of the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Enjoy an easy ride along the car-free paths of Oslo Fjord, admiring sweeping views over the city's harbor, islands, and surrounding hills. Continue to the Medieval and Renaissance castle of Akershus Festning, and climb off your bike for a brief walk along the ramparts. Then, ride down Karl Johans Gate, the most famous boulevard in Norway, visiting the Parliament, National Theater, University, and Royal Palace. After a charming downhill ride through the Royal Palace gardens, cycle through the beautiful neo-classical neighborhood of Frogner, making your way to the world-famous Frogner Sculpture Park. End with a long downhill ride to Oslo Fjord to visit a hidden jewel of a building built over the fjord. A final ride through the pedestrian shopping district of Aker Brygge brings you back to the Viking Biking store and the end of your tour.

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Oslo Essential Walking Tour

5. Oslo Essential Walking Tour

Your 3 hour tour starts near Oslo City Hall. After a general presentation you will go inside to see the famous classic hall and a few historical artefacts. Continue the tour by going to the pedestrian and hear fascinating stories about building around you: Royal Palace, The National theater, University, Paleet, Parliament building and much more. Go down the street to Oslo's beautiful embankment, where you will have chance to make breathtaking pictures of fortress Akershus, Oslo fjord with its islands, boats and sea birds. Follow the transformation of Oslo’s once infamous Tjuvholmen district into a new center for art and design. This is also a culinary center of Oslo where you can find cozy cafes with fresh bakeries near restaurants with seafood. After the tour, explore Tjuvholmen’s pedestrian lanes, where several art galleries have taken up residence. You will definitely find no problems with getting the information about where it is best to go shopping, where to get an entertainment (cinemas, operas, theaters, etc.), and where to relish delicious dishes of the Norwegian (or other) cuisine.

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Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

6. Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

E-scooters are all the rage. They are fun, ecological, and they save you time and energy so you can see more in a shorter amount of time. This E-scooter city tour is perfect for everyone who wants to get the most of Oslo's must-see attractions in a modern, fun way.  Be inspired by Oslo's rich history, green development and Norwegian culture with the best local guides and one of the most comprehensive tours available. You'll be able to see highlights such as the Norwegian Opera and Ballet building, Bjørvika district, Akershus Fortress and the vivid Oslofjord areas, and the Royal Palace with its beautiful park full of marvellous statues. Other highlights include Our Saviour's Cemetery, the final resting place for famous Norwegians such as Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, Oslo's sustainable laboratory, the Parliament building and Karl Johans street, which is Oslo's main boulevard.

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Oslo: Akershus Fortress Self-Guided Mystery Tour

7. Oslo: Akershus Fortress Self-Guided Mystery Tour

Solve a murder mystery at Akershus Fortress with a self-guided activity. Receive your envelope with clues and play the role of lead investigators as you set off with your team on a quest to unravel this sinister crime. Explore Akershus Fortress and its historic surroundings. Solve puzzles and tasks and utilize your problem-solving abilities and communication skills with your team. Learn more about the history of the site as you discover more with each clue. Connect the dots and learn who is the killer, before it's too late!

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Oslo: Panoramic View and Sculpture Park Walk

8. Oslo: Panoramic View and Sculpture Park Walk

Your guide will provide information about most important sights in the city center, starting with the medieval Fortress of Akershus and the town of Christiania. Continue you journey into the heart of Oslo, discovering institutional buildings like the Norwegian Parliament, The Royal Palace and The University of Oslo.   Drive through the Royal Gardens, beautiful adorned with an array of flowers that will inevitably catch your eye. Get off at the one-of-a kind sculpture park at Frogner, made by only one artist. Find the sculpture you can relate to most in this selection of art dedicated to the themes of life.  Let your guide share the ins and outs of life in this vibrant northern capital while viewing the contrasts of its architecture. Drive to 300 meters above sea level to visit the Holmenkollen ski jump, probably the most famous skiing arena in the world. It is the only steel ski jump in the world and a monument to world-class engineering. As a bonus you will observe one of the most fantastic views of Oslo. Be inspired by the striking beauty of Norwegian nature in the northern woods of Nordmarka, where you will have a chance to visit a traditional wooden lodge and enjoy a delicious Norwegian cup of chocolate the Norwegian way. 

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Oslo: 5-Hour Private City Highlights Walking Tour

9. Oslo: 5-Hour Private City Highlights Walking Tour

See the highlights of Oslo with an expert local guide on a 5-hour walking tour. Meet your guide in the city center where you'll start the tour. Hit the sweet spots of the Norwegian capital including the Oslo City Hall, Noble Peace Center, National Theatre, Royal Palace, Parliament, and Akershus Fortress. Then, make your way to Frogner Park, and hear the enchanting story of how one man built the world’s largest sculpture park. See some of Gustav Vigeland's amazing creations, mostly made of local Iddefjord granite. Next, grab your swords and shields as you prepare to plunder your way through the Viking Ship Museum and the history of the Vikings. The three Viking ships and artifacts in the museum are a true wow-experience transporting you back to the time of the Berserkers. Finally, return to the city center where you'll see the best part of the tour – the Oslo Opera House. Marvel at the magnificent architecture of the building, reminiscent of a glacier floating in the waters.

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Oslo Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

10. Oslo Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

See the sights of Oslo at your own pace and according to your schedule on a self-guided walking tour. Download an audio guide onto your MP3 player and get a fully detailed map to help you explore. Learn about the Norse Kings and landmark events such as the Great Fire and Millennial Jubilee. See the Nobel Peace Prize Center and visit the Viking Ship Museum to hear stories about raids and see authentic Viking ships. Walk through the city center to discover historical buildings such as the medieval Akershus Fortress. Learn about Norway's resistance to the Nazis at the Resistance Museum and see the home of the National Opera and Ballet at the Oslo Opera House. Marvel at the imposing façade of Oslo Cathedral, pass the Stortinget parliament building and find amazing museums on the Bygdøy peninsula, including the Kon-Tiki Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History) and Fram Museum, where you can learn about Norway's polar expeditions. 

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What people are saying about Akershus Fortress

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 551 reviews

I can only advice it - so comfortable to use. And to save a lot of money. The only one thing I can’t understand - why we can buy Oslo Pass only at one place and from 10 a.m.? And can’t buy it on weekend?

Our guide was WONDERFUL! Despite the -9 temperature, she was flawless. She provided great incite to a great city of Oslo culminating with the magic of the Christmas market. Thank you!

Absolutely amazing experience!! Very interesting, if you’re thinking about booking I would definitely recommend you do!

very fun to do! and still informative, highly recommended

You can easily travel around Oslo and visit museums.