Oslo

A thousand-year old city
The Vigelandsparken sculpture park
The Opera House and the National Gallery

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Oslo

Following in the footsteps of the Vikings

Oslo, a thousand-year old city, founded on the islands, is a perfect destination for an MSC cruise of Northern Europe.
 
The capital of Norway will introduce you to the culture and vitality of the Norwegian people. An ideal location for this purpose, when you land from your cruise, is the fortress of Akershus, built from the 12th century, in which history blends with the beautiful view of the port and of your ship. Or you can take a stroll in the Vigelandsparken sculpture park where you can admire the 212 works by Gustav Vigeland.

Another attractive idea is to go up to the roof of the Opera House, a futuristic marble and glass building in Bjørvika. At the museum of Viking ships on the island of Bygdøy instead you can try to imagine how these rough adventurers lived as you admire the perfectly preserved vessels built in the 9th century. The famous Scream by Munch is found in Oslo, at the National Gallery, together with greatest art collection in Norway.

Only twenty minutes away from the city instead we find TusenFryd, the largest entertainment park in Norway, with no less than 30 attractions. As you arrive from the sea on your MSC cruise you can, instead, get an idea of what navigation was like in the past by visiting the museum that hosts the Fram, the most famous wooden sailing ship in the history of polar exploration, used by Roald Amundsen in his exploration of the South Pole in 1911.

To experience the life of a land that no longer exists, visit the Norsk Folkemuseum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. Installed in Bygdøy it has 155 historic buildings from all around Norway, including an ancient historic centre and a wooden church built in the 12th century. And finally, visit the royal palace and its lovely park, where you can see the changing of the guards every day.

Must see places in Oslo

  • Holmenkollen Hill

    Holmenkollen Hill

  • The Royal Palace

    The Royal Palace

  • Vigeland Park

    Vigeland Park

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  • INTRODUCTION TO OSLO

    CITY TOUR

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    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 the newest fashionable district in Oslo, Tjuvholmen, where we will find Oslo’s most contemporary buildings, including the contemporary Art Museum designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano. Walk with the guide along the waterfront or choose to return to the port by coaches. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$75.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • CITY TOUR & OPEN AIR MUSEUM

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

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      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 that 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 allowed inside the houses at the Open Air Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as it includes periods of walking on uneven and sometimes steep surfaces.
        • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

          Difficulty Level
          Strenuous

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$72.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price per person

      • CITY TOUR, VIKING AND KON TIKI MUSEUM

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

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        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 ends with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: only cameras without a flash allowed inside the Viking Museum. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • 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.

        • Best seller

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3 h

        • Adults$75.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      • OSLO SIGHTSEEING

        SCENIC ROUTE

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        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. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • 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.

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          2 h

        • Adults$59.00Price per person

        • Children$45.00Price per person

      • CITY TOUR, ICE BAR & VIGELAND PARK

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

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        This carefully planned itinerary takes you around the key architectural and cultural hotspots of Norway’s capital in just a few hours. Departing from the port, we will head for Oslo’s modern district, home to the city’s most contemporary buildings and to Oslo’s Opera House. Recently completed in 2008, this 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 the roof, for an expansive view of the attractive harbour. We will then board a coach for a sightseeing tour of the city, passing the Town Hall, National Theatre and the Royal Residence before reaching the superb Vigeland Park. The Park contains the lifework of the Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland and is home to over 150 sculptures, which represent the full range of the human life cycle. The tour ends with a break in Oslo’s most fashionable hangout – the newly opened Icebar, the third addition to this city’s collection of ‘cool’ hotspots! Made entirely from ice, the interior temperature is never raised above – 5°. Use this occasion to drink to the good health of your fellow travellers with a glass of iced drink! Please note: this tour is not suitable for children under 6 years old because the temperature inside the Ice Bar is always below 0°. Moreover, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. An adult must accompany guests under 18 years old; they will receive only a soft drink served in an ice glass. All guests will receive a warm poncho and gloves prior to entering the Ice Bar.
        • Drink included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3 h

        • Adults$89.00Price per person

        • Children$65.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Norway

      The magic of the northern lights
      The magic of the northern lights

      A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

      The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

      But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

      Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.

       
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