Nobel Peace Center (Nobels Fredssenter)

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For an in-depth look at one of the world's most coveted awards, head to the Nobel Peace Center. This institution pays homage to the iconic Nobel Peace Prize, which is presented every year at Oslo City Hall, through various exhibits. Temporary collections touch on topics like the threat of nuclear weapons and individuals subjected to human rights abuses, while the center's permanent "Nobel Peace Prize and the Laureates" exhibit offers videos, photos, texts and animations about every Nobel Peace Prize winner's life and work. Prior award recipients include Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King Jr.

Reviewers describe their visits to the Nobel Peace Prize as hit or miss. Although some say its touching exhibits make it the best attraction in Oslo, others lament the poorly organized ticket desk and confusing tour guides. Overall, many travelers only suggest visiting if you have an Oslo Pass, since admission is covered in the pass fee.

The Nobel Peace Center welcomes visitors Tuesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. From May 1 to Aug. 31, the property also opens its doors on Mondays. Tickets cost 120 kroner (less than $15) for adults and 80 kroner (about $10) for seniors and students; children 15 and younger get in for free. Entrance fees include access to all exhibits, audio guides in nine languages and guided tours. English tours start at 2 and 3 p.m. daily in the summer and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during colder months.

On-site facilities include a gift shop, a cafe, a locker room and restrooms. All personal belongings must be stowed in the museum's complimentary lockers before entering the exhibits. You'll find the center within walking distance of downtown's ferry pier, several bus stops and the Aker Brygge tram station, plus can't-miss sights like Oslo City Hall, the Royal Palace and Akershus Fortress. More information is available on the Nobel Peace Center's website.

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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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