Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oslo: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

1. Oslo: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

Oslo Pass is your ticket to the city of Oslo. The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo, this travel discount card grants you admission to more 30 museums and attractions, access to public transportation, guided tours, as well as special offers in restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Available in validity periods of 24, 48 and 72 hours, Oslo Pass is a great value and pays for itself very quickly. The pass is valid for all attractions listed in the Oslo Pass app and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus, tram, local trains, and on the ferry boats to the islands in the inner Oslo fjord. You can take the following tours with your pass: Oslo City Walks. Additionally, enjoy access to the Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath. Visit the following museums with your Oslo Pass: Akershus Castle, Armed Forces Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Ekebergparken Museum, Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Historical Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower, Holocaust Center, Intercultural Museum, International Museum of Children's Art, Kunsternes Hus, Labour Museum, MUNCH, Museum of Oslo, Museum of Science & Technology, The National Museum, National Museum - Architecture, Natural History Museum, Nobel Peace Center, Nordic Bible Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norway's Resistance Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Jewish Museum, Oslo Reptile Park, Oslo Transport Museum, Popsenteret, The Kon-Tiki Museum, Roseslottet and The Vigeland Museum.

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

2. Oslo: 24-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. Experience Oslo's biggest highlights such as The Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, The Viking Ship Museum, Fram Polar Ship Museum, Akershus Fortress and Castle, and the National Opera House of Oslo.

Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

3. Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

Discover Oslo, Norway’s capital city, on these epic walking tours by day or evening with a flexible 3-day ticket. With the help of your tour guide, you’ll get an unparalleled insight into what makes this Scandinavian city stand out. On the day tour, circle Sentrum, Oslo’s diverse city center positioned on the Skagerrak strait, to show you its best landmarks, museums, restaurants, and bars. You can also join the evening tour to get the lowdown on Oslo’s hippest hang-outs and compelling contemporary art scene in the trendy Aker Brygge neighborhood. If you don't have time to join the tour on the same day you booked, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. After exploring many of the city's landmarks with your guide, including the Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace, Oslo Cathedral, and Opera House, use the app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Oslo and its incredible history. 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 3 self-guided route's main sights: Frogner Stadion Norwegian Opera House Trinity Church Karl Johan's monument Vestkanttorvet Grensen Losæter 7th of June Square Queen Maud's Monument Sorenga Bridge Damstredet ...and many more!

Oslo: Christmas Street Food Tour with Food, Beer, and Liquor

4. Oslo: Christmas Street Food Tour with Food, Beer, and Liquor

Sample traditional seasonal Norwegian food and drinks on this walking tour in Oslo. Try hotdogs and candies in the city's largest Christmas market, sip on traditional akvavit in the harbor, and explore Oslo's most iconic landmarks, including City Hall and Parliament. Start your tour in a gourmet food store for a guided tasting session of local produce. Continue to Akershus Fortress where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and learn about Oslo's ghostly past. Next, head to the only akvavit bar in town on Oslo's Harbour Promenade to sample a specially brewed Christmas akvavit (a Scandinavian liquor). Continue your tour with some sightseeing. See City Hall, Parliament, and the Royal Palace before heading to Oslo's largest Christmas Market, Jul i Vinterland. Here, savor Christmas candies, non-alcoholic gløgg, and an extra-large hotdog. Listen to stories of Norway's Christmas history as you eat. Finish the tour in one of Oslo's best craft beer venues for a glass of Christmas beer.

Oslo Christmas Tour

5. Oslo Christmas Tour

The experience starts with a short stroll around the Christmas-y city. On your way to the Christmas market village, you will learn a bit about Oslo's history and some of the most famous sights. After about an hour, we will move to the 'Winter village' which is the biggest Christmas marketplace in Oslo. You will be able to take the opportunity to warm yourself up with the traditional Norwegian drink, “gløgg” (mulled wine), or taste some of the traditional Christmas foods such as “julegrøt” (porridge), “julepølse”(pork sausage), or “tynnlefser” (flatbread) and learn everything you need to know about the Christmas in Norway. The tour is concluded with a cozy session by the fire where your guide will be telling you one of the most magical Norwegian Christmas stories while you'll be sipping your warm gløgg.

Oslo: Private City Center Highlights Guided Walking Tour

6. Oslo: Private City Center Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Your 3 hour tour starts near Oslo City Hall. After a general presentation you will go inside to see the famous classic hall and a few historical artefacts. Continue the tour by going to the pedestrian and hear fascinating stories about building around you: Royal Palace, The National theater, University, Paleet, Parliament building and much more. Go down the street to Oslo's beautiful embankment, where you will have chance to make breathtaking pictures of fortress Akershus, Oslo fjord with its islands, boats and sea birds. Follow the transformation of Oslo’s once infamous Tjuvholmen district into a new center for art and design. This is also a culinary center of Oslo where you can find cozy cafes with fresh bakeries near restaurants with seafood. After the tour, explore Tjuvholmen’s pedestrian lanes, where several art galleries have taken up residence. You will definitely find no problems with getting the information about where it is best to go shopping, where to get an entertainment (cinemas, operas, theaters, etc.), and where to relish delicious dishes of the Norwegian (or other) cuisine.

Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

7. Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

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: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Akershus Fortress

8. Oslo: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Akershus Fortress

Solve a murder mystery and explore the stunning surroundings of Akershus Fortress during this interactive, self-guided true-crime mystery tour. Receive your envelope with clues and play the role of lead investigators as you set off with your team on a quest to unravel this sinister crime. Immerse into the year 1965 and become a member of highly-respected family of investigators, and you want to live up to their standards. During a celebration party of the Oslo police, a not attending officer finds the body of a dead woman on a hill near Akershus fortress. As a junior investigator, the task of finding out what happened falls on you. Explore Akershus Fortress and its historic surroundings and take the chance to finally prove your worth as much is at stake. Not only the honor of you and your family, but also the safety of Oslo's streets! Crack the mystery as a trusted investigator and learn about the story inspired by true events. Race against the clock to gather sufficient evidence and find the right suspect to ensure the peace of Oslo's citizens. Take on the challenge of finding the murderer. For those in a bigger group, you can split up into several teams and compete against each other.

Myth and Legends Oslo Walking Tour

9. Myth and Legends Oslo Walking Tour

Oslo is more than 1000 years old, and its history is filled with horrifying stories, ranging from the time of the vikings to bloody battles between neighboring countries. Discover the old Royal palace that became a recognizable symbol of the city. As you walk around the fortress, your expert guide will show you a different, dark side of buildings and squares – in rich, engaging detail. The route of this 2-hour walk allows you to see all the main attractions of the very center of Norwegian capital. You'll start at the City Hall, visit Akershus fortress, walk in the oldest part of the 17th century city Kvadraturen and finish on the main street Karl Johan where you will see the Parliament, the National Theater, the University, the Royal Palace, and the Grand Café.

Oslo’s Urban Treasures By Bike

10. Oslo’s Urban Treasures By Bike

Starting from the city center, you will head to the Old Town of Oslo which is mainly comprised of ruins from long ago. On the way, you will pass to the Oslo Opera House, the gateway to the old town. From ruins to riverside, you will ride along the water to the hip district of Grüneløkka, where you will no doubt want to return to later and explore further.  You can’t complete a visit to Oslo without seeing the royal palace. The palace has a beautiful park which you will ride through on your way to the quiet district of Frogner, where you will find one of the most visited sights in the city - Vigeland Park. With over 200 sculptures created by one man, you’re sure to be impressed by this jaw-dropping sight. After exploring Vigeland Park you will ride back along the waterside towards the city center. While you ride along the water you will be able to see  Aker Brygge and the harbor, Akershus Fortress and the Oslo City Hall. From there it’s not far to go before you reach the end of your bike tour, by which time you can say you’ve received a full overview of Oslo from the comfort of your bike. 

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What people are saying about Akershus Fortress

Overall rating

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Really interesting walking tour! Irina was a very knowledgeable tour guide that gave us both history and folklore stories. If you are interested in learning about how Oslo started and hearing some spookier stories, I highly recommend this tour.

It was right on schedule and the interpretation in the buses was very good. The naration of the history was clear and all staff members did their job as it should be.

Excellent way to visit as much as possible in 24 hours, including a mini cruise rounds the islands. Very easy to use.

A great way to orient yourself and get a potted History of Oslo. Easy walking, lovely guide and plenty of variety.

Really appreciated the bus waiting at the cruise port.