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: +47 2335 6890; +47 2 278 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: +47 2 328 4170; +47 9596 1355.

Excursions from Oslo


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: +47 2 292 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.