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Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

1. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Oslo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Spend a day seeing the sights of Oslo, the oldest of the Scandinavian Capitals, from an open-top, double-decker tour bus. Your pass is valid for a full 24-hour period, and you can hop on and off at your leisure. You will enjoy 360-degree views from the open top of the bus and learn about the city’s history from your convenient audio guides. Hop off at the Ibsen Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the 19th-Century Norwegian playwright and poet, or jump off at the Royal Palace, former residence of the Norwegian and Swedish King Charles III, and the official residence of the present Norwegian monarch. Other top attractions include the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and the Oslo Opera House. Tour stops: 1. The National Theatre / The Royal Palace / Karl Johans Gate 2. Majorstuen (transfer to Holmenkollen) 3. Frogner Park & Vigeland Installation 4. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History 5. Viking Ship Museum 6. Kon-Tiki Museum / Fram Polar Ship Museum / Maritime Museum 7. Viking Ship Museum 8. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History 9. Oslo Cruise Ship Terminal 10. Opera House 11. Jernbanetorget / Bus Terminal / Central Station

Oslo: City Landmarks and History Walking Tour

3. Oslo: City Landmarks and History Walking Tour

Join us as we share with you the best points of interest the Oslo downtown has to offer. We'll walk through Oslo's historical city centre, designed to be discovered on foot, and learn about Norwegian culture, traditions and daily life. As we reach the emblematic Oslo Opera House (which has quickly turned into the city's symbol), we get a chance to marvel at some of the best pieces of 19th-century Norwegian architecture: the National Theater, Norwegian Parliament, and Grand Hotel. The scenic views of Oslo are stunning, with fjords providing a refreshing breeze. There's no shortage of photo opportunities in this historic city that has been around since 1100 AD! The walking tour concludes at the starting point near University Aula.

Oslo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

4. Oslo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Oslo. Download the smartphone app onto your phone and explore Oslo at your own pace. Start your tour when you want, and stop and go on your own schedule. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn interesting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. Start your tour at the much-photographed Oslo Central Station. Visit the Oslo Cathedral with its unknown royal use, and Egertorget will give you a taste of one of Oslo's busiest streets. Take a photo at the Norwegian Parliament building, which stands for democracy with its grandeur, and let yourself get lost in Oslo City Hall, with its unique architecture. Visit the Nobel Peace Center which with its unique exhibits gives you the opportunity to learn about the greatest minds and discoveries that hold the prize. You will also pass by Oslo's National Theater with its excellent acoustics and unique program. Admire the iconic Royal Palace. Uranienborg Church with its unique red color will captivate you and your camera! See, walk, and relax in Frogner Park with its countless statues. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity or for special events like bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events.

Oslo: Private City Center Highlights Guided Walking Tour

5. Oslo: Private City Center Highlights Guided Walking Tour

See Oslo's top sights and attractions on a fascinating 3-hour walking tour. Set out from City Hall – home of the yearly Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Explore landmarks such as the Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the University of Oslo. Marvel at Akershus Fortress, and wander through Aker Brugge ― a revitalized waterfront area and now home to a bevy of stores, bars and restaurants. Visit the Tjuvholmen district, a foodie haven that also boasts numerous art galleries. Get expert tips on the best spots to drink, eat and shop in the area.

Myth and Legends Oslo Walking Tour

6. 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.

Gems of Central Oslo Private Walking Tour

7. Gems of Central Oslo Private Walking Tour

The city center is not the entire city of Oslo, but this excursion gives you an opportunity to take a look at the major tourist attractions located in downtown and the historical district Kvadraturen. During the tour you will see among others: the Oslo City Hall, the main street called Karl Johans gate, and historical buildings of the University. You will be able to view the Royal Palace and the Park, the Parliament Building, the Building of the National Theater, and lots of other buildings and architectural styles. The city center is also a place where you can find various museums, shops, as well as cafes and restaurants. The guide will surely recommend the most attractive ones for you, while taking into account your interests.

Oslo: Panoramic View and Sculpture Park Walk

8. Oslo: Panoramic View and Sculpture Park Walk

Your guide will provide information about most important sights in the city center, starting with the medieval Fortress of Akershus and the town of Christiania. Continue you journey into the heart of Oslo, discovering institutional buildings like the Norwegian Parliament, The Royal Palace and The University of Oslo.   Drive through the Royal Gardens, beautiful adorned with an array of flowers that will inevitably catch your eye. Get off at the one-of-a kind sculpture park at Frogner, made by only one artist. Find the sculpture you can relate to most in this selection of art dedicated to the themes of life.  Let your guide share the ins and outs of life in this vibrant northern capital while viewing the contrasts of its architecture. Drive to 300 meters above sea level to visit the Holmenkollen ski jump, probably the most famous skiing arena in the world. It is the only steel ski jump in the world and a monument to world-class engineering. As a bonus you will observe one of the most fantastic views of Oslo. Be inspired by the striking beauty of Norwegian nature in the northern woods of Nordmarka, where you will have a chance to visit a traditional wooden lodge and enjoy a delicious Norwegian cup of chocolate the Norwegian way. 

Oslo: Old Town City Exploration Game

9. 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: Private E-Scooter City Tour

10. Oslo: Private E-Scooter City Tour

E-scooters are all the rage. They are fun, ecological, and they save you time and energy so you can see more in a shorter amount of time. This E-scooter city tour is perfect for everyone who wants to get the most of Oslo's must-see attractions in a modern, fun way.  Be inspired by Oslo's rich history, green development and Norwegian culture with the best local guides and one of the most comprehensive tours available. You'll be able to see highlights such as the Norwegian Opera and Ballet building, Bjørvika district, Akershus Fortress and the vivid Oslofjord areas, and the Royal Palace with its beautiful park full of marvellous statues. Other highlights include Our Saviour's Cemetery, the final resting place for famous Norwegians such as Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, Oslo's sustainable laboratory, the Parliament building and Karl Johans street, which is Oslo's main boulevard.

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My train got late to Oslo. They still allowed me to meet the guide in another location. Ihor (it pronounced"i"not"ai") the tour guide sorry smtm i called him incorrectly. his name is norwegian one with some viking concept. due to low season,  that is not much tourists. they still run the tour. Ihor showed me as much as possible sightseeing spots even it was already dark after we met, central station, opora,  light tower, catholic hall, pedestrian street, government hall, grant hotel(the place whereNobel peace award was granted), mall and museum, Oslo college. Ihor interpreted his understanding of Oslo with passion and he said that he just came from Ukraine one year ago. Norway took his family and let him settle down. He love this city and Norwegian life style. We happened to see Ukrainian protest against Russia. Listening the nationality song by them. That was very impressive experience. Thank you so much Ihor, all the best to you!!!

Our guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. We did this tour on our first day in Oslo to get our bearings and to work out what we would like to visit - and this was the perfect way to get those insights. Two hours very well spent - we learned a lot about Oslo and discovered places we would not have otherwise seen. Highly recommended.

Amazing walking tour! Maria was amazing and had great information and very engaging as well as very happy and conversational - it was like walking with a friend. My family thoroughly enjoyed the experience despite it being -9!

Since we did not find tours, we have been able to make a pretty good route with the guide. Also, if you have any inconvenience, they answer you super quickly and are very kind and attentive. Overall very happy.

Traveling alone I appreciated an English speaking guide to show me the central area of Oslo's sites.