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Royal Palace, Oslo

Royal Palace, Oslo

Royal Palace, Oslo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oslo: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

1. Oslo: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

See all the major sights of Oslo with a convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour ticket. Take the stress out of finding your way around a new city, and feel the ease of taking your time at each landmark or attraction. Opt for a 24 or 48-hour ticket, and get the most out of your visit with museum discounts, an informative audio guide, and a free set of headphones. Check the detailed museum timetable in the brochure and always know when the next bus pickup is scheduled. Discover Oslo's biggest highlights like the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Polar Ship Museum, the Akershus Fortress and Castle, and the National Opera House of Oslo.

Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

2. Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Oslo like a local on this 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. **For winter tours, see below.** Depart from the Viking Biking waterfront warehouse, an easy 15-minute walk from Oslo's city center, and cycle on comfortable bikes to the pedestrianized City Hall Square, the 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 neoclassical 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. From 01 November 2023 – 29 February 2024 we alter the tour to accommodate winter conditions. We equip our bikes with spiked tires so that we can explore Oslo’s sights safely. Sites visited can change based on weather and seasonal activities such as Christmas markets, and are chosen by our guides based on being safely accessible. Please note that this winter tour is recommended only for individuals with cycling experience and is only available to those over the age of 12.

Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Spend a day seeing the sights of Oslo, the oldest of the Scandinavian Capitals, from an open-top, double-decker tour bus. Your pass is valid for a full 24-hour period, and you can hop on and off at your leisure. You will enjoy 360-degree views from the open top of the bus and learn about the city’s history from your convenient audio guides. Hop off at the Ibsen Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the 19th-Century Norwegian playwright and poet, or jump off at the Royal Palace, former residence of the Norwegian and Swedish King Charles III, and the official residence of the present Norwegian monarch. Other top attractions include the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and the Oslo Opera House. Tour stops: 1. The National Theatre / The Royal Palace / Karl Johans Gate 2. Majorstuen (transfer to Holmenkollen) 3. Frogner Park & Vigeland Installation 4. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History 5. Viking Ship Museum 6. Kon-Tiki Museum / Fram Polar Ship Museum / Maritime Museum 7. Viking Ship Museum 8. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History 9. Oslo Cruise Ship Terminal 10. Opera House 11. Jernbanetorget / Bus Terminal / Central Station

Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

4. Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Norway’s capital city on a guided walking tour, and get an unparalleled insight into what makes this Scandinavian city stand out. Wander around Sentrum, Oslo’s diverse city center on the Skagerrak strait, to discover its best landmarks, museums, restaurants, and bars. During the tour, see the Norwegian Parliament, the Grand Hotel, and the main street Karl Johan. Learn how Oslo earned its nickname as the "Tiger City" and stroll past the symbolic Norwegian Opera House that stands out like a pearl in the ocean. Next, you will visit Christiania, the historical center of Oslo, and find out why the Norwegian capital has changed its name several times over the last 300 years. After the tour, download the activity provider's app (included in your tour) to discover more of Oslo and its incredible history with curated audio-guided route through the main quarters. Best of Oslo includes: • Oslo City Hall • National Theater • University of Oslo • Norwegian Parliament • Stortorvet Gjestgiveri • Glasmagazinet • Kvadraturen • Oslo Cathedral • Karl Johan Street • Fire Tower • Tiger Sculpture • Oslo Second City Hall • Gamle rådhus • Ceremony Pier Self-guided route's main sights: • Frogner Stadion • Norwegian Parliament • Trinity Church • Karl Johan's monument • Grensen • Aamodt Bridge ... and many more

Oslo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

5. Oslo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Get to know Oslo at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn interesting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Start your tour at the much-photographed Oslo Central Station. Visit the Oslo Cathedral with its unknown royal use, and Egertorget will give you a taste of one of Oslo's busiest streets. Take a photo at the Norwegian Parliament building, which stands for democracy with its grandeur, and let yourself get lost in Oslo City Hall, with its unique architecture. Visit the Nobel Peace Center which with its unique exhibits gives you the opportunity to learn about the greatest minds and discoveries that hold the prize. You will also pass by Oslo's National Theater with its excellent acoustics and unique program. Admire the iconic Royal Palace. Uranienborg Church with its unique red color will captivate you and your camera! See, walk, and relax in Frogner Park with its countless statues. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity or for special events like bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events.

Oslo Outdoor Escape Game: Vikings Tales

6. Oslo Outdoor Escape Game: Vikings Tales

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.

Oslo Discovery Tour

7. Oslo Discovery Tour

Meet your local guide and board a comfortable coach for your tour of discovery. Sit back and relax while you learn about the city's history and culture and admire the main sights: The Royal Palace, the City Hall, the Parliament building, the Old Town with Akershus Fortress, the Opera House, the new Munch Museum, the Cathedral, the National Museum, Aker Brygge, the Nobel Institute, Frogner Park. Continue to the exclusive residential and recreational Holmenkollen area, famous for the stunning Ski Jump, built on top of the hill, and for the panoramic vistas over the city and the fjord. Then, get in touch with the art of the most prolific Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, as you stroll through its impressive Sculpture Park comprising more than 200 groups of sculptures cast in bronze or carved in granite. Conclude the tour by visiting two of the most popular museums in Oslo, beautifully located on the picturesque Bygdøy Peninsula. The Norwegian Folk Museum with its impressive outdoor collection of old Norwegian houses and a picture-perfect Stave Church will be visited in the summer. Then, visit the Fram Museum, where you will learn about the impressive Norwegian polar expeditions and see the strongest polar ship ever built, which sailed farthest North and farthest South than any other ship.

Oslo: City Highlights Guided Tour by Coach with Fjord Cruise

8. Oslo: City Highlights Guided Tour by Coach with Fjord Cruise

Start your tour with a panoramic sightseeing on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach, and admire all the attractions that make Oslo a unique city. Continue to the stunning Holmenkollen ski jump for a bird's eye view above Oslo and beyond, and then, explore the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park and learn about the artist's life and his monumental work. All these with an authorized Oslo guide by your side, who can answer all your questions. In the afternoon, relax on a 2-hour cruise and experience the Norwegian capital from a different perspective. Take in charming views of idyllic bays and picturesque islands with fairytale-looking like cabins and get a feel of the people's life at these northern latitudes. Conclude your combo tour at the City Hall Pier from where you can continue to explore the city center at your own pace.

Oslo: City Highlights Guided Tour by E-Scooter

9. Oslo: City Highlights Guided Tour by E-Scooter

Come across Oslo's most iconic landmarks in a short time by riding a convenient e-scooter. Join your guide on an insightful tour and learn about local history as you gaze at a variety of buildings, statues, parks, and monuments. 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.  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 the Parliament building and Karl Johans street, which is Oslo's main boulevard.

Oslo: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

10. Oslo: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the much-photographed Oslo Central Station! Visit the Oslo Cathedral with its unknown royal use, and Egertorget will give you a taste of one of Oslo's busiest streets. Take a photo at the Norwegian Parliament building, which stands for democracy with its grandeur, and let yourself get lost in Oslo City Hall, with its unique architecture. Visit the Nobel Peace Center which with its unique exhibits gives you the opportunity to learn about the greatest minds and discoveries that hold the prize. You will also pass by Oslo's National Theater with its excellent acoustics and unique program. Admire the iconic Royal Palace. Uranienborg Church with its unique red color will captivate you and your camera! See, walk, and relax in Frogner Park with its countless statues!(where the tour ends)

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based on 888 reviews

The bis tour was great. The driver Vitor and our female guide from Argentina were beyond all the expectations. The boat tour was beautiful. However, it would have been nice to have a human guide and not an automatic audio giving very limited info.

The tour was excellent for those who are unfamiliar with Norway. Chris was our tour guide and he was phenomenal. Great blend of Norwegians history and personal stories. Would recommend this one to others.

Our guide was wonderful: friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. The tour carried on in the snow which made it all the more atmospheric and, for me, enjoyable.

It was a fun way to see some of the major sites of the city. Will definitely look into doing this again in other cities.

Guide was very informative and interesting. Great driver and fab tour.