Oslo

Oslo, the capital of Norway, is situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by woodland and lakes.

A relaxed city that boasts world-class cultural amenities and an eclectic architecture

Oslo, the capital of Norway, is situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by woodland and lakes.

Oslo is the seat of the Norwegian Government and Parliament, and the Royal Palace is situated at the end of Karl Johan Street- Oslo’s main thoroughfare.

A relaxed city with an abundance of tourist sights, Oslo boasts world-class cultural amenities and great shopping all set against an eclectic architectural backdrop.

Leave your luxury cruise ship for the day and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this charming Scandinavian city.

All our Oslo city tours offer a great mix of art and history, culture and sights and you can be sure to benefit from the great deals on city excursion packages.

It is worth leaving the ship to venture further afield visiting the famous 230-year old Hadeland Glassworks: see the skilled craftsmen at work and why not treat yourself to a holiday souvenir as a memento of your time in Norway? However you choose to spend your vacation time here, Oslo is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Directions


The ship docks right in the centre of Oslo. Oslo Airport Gardermoen is at 50km (19 minutes by an Airport Express Train).

Port average temperature

Oslo has a humid continental climate. Because of the city's northern latitude, daylight varies greatly from more than 18 hours in midsummer to around 6 hours in midwinter. Despite its northerly location, the climate is relatively mild throughout the year because of the Gulf Stream. Oslo has pleasantly mild to warm summers with average high temperatures of 20–22 °C and lows of around 12 °C. Temperatures exceed 25 °C quite often, and heat waves are common during the summer.

In the summer of 2009, a heat wave caused temperatures to exceed 30 °C for six straight days, peaking at 33 °C. The highest temperature ever recorded was 35 °C on 21 July 1901. Due to the fjord's being a relatively enclosed body of water, the water temperatures can get quite high during long warm periods. During the summer of 2008, the water reached a temperature of 24 °C. Spring and autumn are generally chilly, but warmer or colder periods are not uncommon.

Winters are cold and snowy with temperatures between −7 °C up to −1 °C. The coldest temperature recorded is −27.1 °C in January 1942. Temperatures have tended to be higher in recent years. Annual precipitation is 763 millimeters with moderate rainfall throughout the year. Snowfall can occur from November to April, but snow accumulation occurs mainly from January through March. Almost every winter, ice develops in the innermost parts of the Oslofjord, and some winters the whole inner fjord freezes. As it is far from the mild Atlantic water of the west coast, this large fjord can freeze over, although this has become rare.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 OSL01 - INTRODUCTION TO OSLO (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  This overview of Oslo provides a brief insight into the rich culture and history that the capital of Norway has to offer. Leaving the port we will embark on a scenic tour of the main streets and squares of Norway’s main city, and en route we pass some of Oslo’s most important architectural landmarks including the Town Hall, the Parliament, the National Theatre and the Royal Residence. Further on we will stop to visit Vigeland Park, which contains magnificent examples of the work of famed Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. Over 150 sculptures are assembled here, and his oeuvres represent the full range of the human lifecycle, depicting all stages of man from birth to old age. Leaving the Park we will head to the hill at Holmenkollen, which provides a panoramic view of Oslo from above, and a chance to take photographs. We will then proceed to Oslo’s modern district, where we will find Oslo’s most contemporary buildings, including the celebrated Oslo Opera House. Home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, this stunning piece of post-modern architecture was only recently completed in 2008; the award-winning structure is built from white Italian marble and characterized by large inclined plateaus. Walk up the sloping banks of this fabulous building to its rooftop, for an expansive view of the attractive harbour. Return to the port. Please note: guests using a wheelchair can take part, but should be aware that several steps lead up to the Opera House roof.

Price per person $67.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 OSL02 - CITY TOUR, VIKING AND KON TIKI MUSEUM  ( approx. 3 hours ) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  Best seller  The attractive city of Oslo is Norway’s capital and looks back on a rich history going right back to its foundation by King Harald III c. 1048. This culture-based tour begins with a drive-by look at Oslo’s main landmarks in the city centre, which certainly include the Royal Palace, on your way to Frogner Park. Covering an area of some 45 hectares, this super-sized city park also hosts a fabulous collection of art in the so-called “Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement”. This exhibition of sculptural art comprises the lifework of the famous Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, and is made up of more than 150 works that represent the full range of the human condition – from birth to death. Vigeland lived from 1869 to 1943 and is also known for having designed the medal that is awarded to winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. The tour then continues on to the nearby Bygdøy peninsula for a first stop at the fascinating Viking Ship Museum, whose copious collection of Viking artefacts includes three authentic longboats dating back to c. 900 to 1,000 A.D.. To round out your Oslo experience, you will also pay a visit to the Kon-Tiki Museum for a look at the famous balsa-wood raft that the legendary Norwegian explorer and zoologist Thor Heyerdahl used to cross the Pacific Ocean in 1969 as well as the reed vessel Heyerdahl used on his Ra II expedition. This maritime experience comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: only cameras without a flash are allowed inside the Viking Museum.
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Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 OSL03 - CITY TOUR & OPEN AIR MUSEUM ( approx. 3.5 hours ) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Spend a few enjoyable hours off the ship exploring the varied attractions of lovely Oslo, Norway’s capital city. A drive-by tour of Oslo’s main sights makes a fine start to this half-day outing, after which the tour tempo will change to a more sedate pace when you reach Frogner Park. This amazing inner-city recreational area covers a huge 45 hectares and is also home to the wonderful “Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement”. This tribute to the famous Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, comprises more than 150 works of art that serve to represent the entire cycle of human life, from infancy to old age. Vigeland lived from 1869 to 1943 and is also noted for having designed the medal awarded to winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. You will then make your way to the Bygdøy peninsula, a part of Oslo city, to visit an open-air museum which features 150 wooden buildings that are representative of the styles common in Norway’s various regions. One of the country's oldest structures, the 13th-century Viking Gol Stave Church, also forms part of the complex. The trip is rounded off with a walk around downtown Oslo, with the option of returning to the ship by coach or staying longer to make your own way back on foot. Please note: only cameras without a flash are allowed inside the houses at the Open Air Museum. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as it includes periods of walking on uneven and sometimes steep surfaces.
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Price per person $60.00 Adults $42.00 Children

   


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 OSL06 - OSLO SIGHTSEEING (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Any passengers weary of tramping city streets can take a welcome break and see the sights of Oslo from the comfort of a tour bus. We will drive past the new Opera House, Akershus Fortress, the Parliament building, the Royal Palace, the National Theatre and the Nobel Institute. Continue through Oslo’s attractive residential areas to Holmenkollen Hill from where you have a fantastic view over the city and the fjord below. The last part of the tour will take us to the Bygdøy peninsula where many of the city’s museums are located. Return to the port.

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Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.