Oslo Fjord#1 in Best Things To Do in Oslo
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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.
The fjord itself is free to visit 24 hours a day. However, cruise prices vary by company and excursion. Standard sightseeing tours with Båtservice Sightseeing are available year-round two, three or six times per day. During the spring, summer and fall, cruises take place daily, while winter departures are limited to Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. These outings cost 315 kroner (approximately $38.50) per person, but a 15-percent discount is available for travelers with Oslo Pass cards. Most tours depart from the pier by Oslo City Hall. To learn more about Oslo Fjord cruises, check out Visit Oslo's boat trips page or Viator's website. And for additional information about the fjord, visit the tourism board's Oslo Fjord page.
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#2 Vigeland Park (Vigelandsparken)
Vigeland Park, which resides in Ullern and Majorstuen's Frogner Park, is the world's largest sculpture park featuring works by a single artist. The park is composed of five main areas: the Main Gate, the Wheel of Life, the Fountain, the Monolith Plateau and the Bridge. Its highlight is its 200-plus bronze, granite and wrought-iron sculptures created by the park's namesake, Gustav Vigeland. People come here to sunbathe, picnic and wander the beautiful grounds.
Travelers love this park's well-maintained grounds and, of course, its world-renowned sculptures. But remember, Vigeland Park is one of Norway's most popular attractions, so it can get crowded at times. To avoid hordes of tourists, consider arriving early in the morning or late at night. Some reviewers suggest timing your visit during summer's midnight sun.
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