Bygdøy#4 in Best Things To Do in Oslo
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Outdoorsy types and museum buffs should plan on spending at least one day on the Bygdøy peninsula. This region 3 miles west of central Oslo is home to some of the city's best museums, including the Fram Museum, the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. The peninsula's southern tip is especially popular in the summer when locals and tourists alike flock to the area's beaches and take advantage of its walking, jogging and bike trails. Huk beach also features a sand volleyball court available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Recent visitors described this peninsula as a scenic retreat from downtown Oslo, citing its stunning architecture and superb museums as highlights. However, a few previous travelers cautioned that the area's scenery isn't as picturesque on a cold, cloudy day. For a quick commute trip to Bygdøy, reviewers suggest taking the seasonal ferry from the pier by Oslo City Hall to the Dronningen or Bygdøynes stops.
Bygdøy is free to visit 24 hours a day, and public transportation (via buses and ferries) to and from the peninsula is complimentary for visitors with Oslo Pass cards. In addition to the area's beaches, museums and trails, travelers will find traditional houses, plus a few eateries and tennis courts. Additional information about Bygdøy can be found on the Visit Oslo website.
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#1 Oslo Fjord
Occupying 766 square miles, Oslo Fjord attracts Oslo residents and tourists in droves, especially during the warmer months. Water vistas are available from many parts of the city, including popular attractions like the Oslo Opera House and Akershus Fortress. You can also opt to hit the water in a canoe or kayak, but to get the full experience, consider signing up for an Oslo Fjord cruise. Sightseeing and fishing excursions are available on everything from inflatable boats (known as RIBs) to sailboats and yachts to ferries throughout the year.
Traveler-approved cruise operators include RIB Oslo and Norway Yacht Charter, but the cheapest and most popular way to explore the fjord is via a tour with Båtservice Sightseeing. Affiliated with Norway Yacht Charter, this ferry company offers several fjord tour options, such as a two-hour daytime sightseeing excursion and three-hour crab-, jazz- and blues-themed cruises. Previous visitors suggest booking the evening boat tour, which includes three hours of sailing and a highly regarded all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet. But remember to bring extra money for drinks and a jacket if you plan on sitting outside.
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