Fram Museum (Frammuseet)#8 in Best Things To Do in Oslo
Named after one of Norway's oldest vessels used for North and South Pole expeditions, the Fram Museum offers a glimpse at Norway's polar history. Inside, visitors will find exhibits about various polar explorers (think: Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen) and the Northwest Passage, but the museum's two polar ships are its highlights. Used in expeditions in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Gjøa and the Fram take up the bulk of the museum's floor space. Travelers are welcome to climb aboard and explore each vessel's decks. The Fram's cabins, lounges, cargo hold and engine room are also open to the public.
Whether you have an interest in polar history or just want to find an air-conditioned activity suitable for kids, reviewers say the Fram Museum is well worth a visit. Many museumgoers rave about the property's ships and accompanying information, describing the exhibits as so interesting that you could easily spend a few hours here. Several visitors also suggest taking the ferry to and from the property during the summer months since it docks across the street.
The Fram Museum sits on the Bygdøy peninsula next to the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum. In addition to offering multiple exhibits, the museum has a theater that plays historical films, as well as a gift shop and a cafe with sandwiches, cakes and more. The property is accessible via the No. 30 bus and the seasonal museum ferry. Ferry timetables are available on the Fram Museum's ferry brochure.
Opening hours vary by month, but generally, visitors are welcome between 9 or 10 a.m. and 5 or 6 p.m. Tickets cost 120 kroner (roughly $15) per adult, 90 kroner (approximately $11) per senior and 50 kroner (about $6) per child and student. Entrance charges are covered by Oslo Pass fees, and family tickets and combo passes that include entry to the Norwegian Maritime Museum and/or the Kon-Tiki Museum are also available. To find out more about the attraction, visit the Fram Museum's 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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