Oslo tours and excursions

Oslo tours

Bus and boat tours

Båtservice Sightseeing A/S offers a comprehensive choice of bus and boat tours of Oslo. These range from a 50-minute boat tour on the fjord to a seven-hour ‘Grand Tour' which combines bus and boat. The company also offers a three-hour evening cruise in July and August. Departures are from Rådhusbrygge 3. City Sightseeing runs a range of themed coach tours departing daily from the National Theatre.

Telephone: 2335 6890 ; 2278 9400.
Walking tours

Oslo offers a wealth of walking experiences, whether you’re looking for a quick spin around the city centre or something lengthier. Oslo City Museum’s ‘Know the City' tours are available in July and August (in English), and start at the museum in Frogner. Oslo City Walks runs two-hour themed tours, including a trip around the medieval quarter, which departs weekday mornings from the main tourist office by City Hall.


Telephone: 2328 4170; 2214 4974.

Excursions from Oslo

Fjord river cruise

No visit to Oslo is complete without taking some time out from the museums and galleries to explore the fjord. The best way to navigate the tranquil waterways and numerous islands is to head out on a boat excursion. Båtservice Sightseeing A/S offers a two-hour trip on the fjord, which includes a guided tour around Oslo's outlying islands and residential suburbs, as well as panoramic views of the opera house and Akershus Slott. The tours depart daily from Rådhusbrygge 3, in front of city hall.

Telephone: 2335 6890.

One of the most recognisable sports arenas in the world, the Holmenkollen stadium in the hills to the northwest of Oslo is one of Norway’s most popular tourist spots. The stadium plays host to Nordic skiing events every winter; a brand-new ski jump opened in 2010 and featured at the 2011 FIS Nordic World Championships. The ski jump is also home to the world’s oldest ski museum, which documents the sport’s 4,000-year history. To get there, take the Metro (T-bane) line 1 (Frognerseteren) from central Oslo and get off at Holmenkollen station. From there, the stadium is a 10-minute walk away.

Telephone: 2292 3200.
Nordmaka wilderness area

A 430-sq-km (166-sq-mile) stretch of verdant pine and larch forest dotted with cerulean lakes, Nordmaka has more than 450km (280 miles) of marked ski trails during winter and a network of colour-coded hiking and biking trails in the summer. Svarttjernshøgda, at 719m (2,358ft), is the park’s highest peak and offers a real challenge for climbers. DNT Oslo og Omegn (tel: 2282 2800; www.dntoslo.no), Skiforeningen (tel: 2292 3200; www.skiforeningen.no) and Friluftsetaten (tel: 02180, in Norway only;www.friluftsetaten.oslo.kommune.no) have a number of basic but comfortable huts available for anyone who fancies an overnight expedition. Nordmaka is 17km (11 miles) north of Oslo.

Norway in a Nutshell

Fjord Tours’ 'Norway in a Nutshell' excursion provides a spectacular glimpse of Norway’s natural beauty. First stop is Myrdal with its snow-covered peaks and sheer rock faces. The Flåm Line descends to sea level along around 24km (15 miles) of winding track, precipitous inclines and deep tunnels. From picturesque Flåm, the trip continues by boat to Gudvangen in the innermost reaches of the Sognefjorden and on through the narrow passage of the Nærøyfjorden. The bus to Voss takes the mountain road with its rugged scenery, including dramatic waterfalls at Stalheimskleiven. From Voss, the train returns to Oslo.

Telephone: 8156 8222.