Viking Ship Museum (Vikingshipshuset)#9 in Best Things To Do in Oslo
If you want to learn more about Norway's deep Viking roots, save time for a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Situated on the Bygdøy peninsula within walking distance of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and the Fram Museum, this museum is home to three preserved Viking ships – Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune – plus early weapons, coins and other ancient artifacts. All three ships displayed at the museum were used for ocean voyages before being buried with their wealthy owners and later discovered during archaeological digs.
Despite this museum's small size, many previous visitors praised its interesting collections. Several were also impressed with the preservation work done on each ship. To avoid hordes of tourists during your visit, some past travelers suggest arriving in the morning shortly after opening.
From May 1 to Sept. 30, the museum welcomes visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, the property opens every day at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. If you don't have an Oslo Pass (which covers entrance fees for this attraction), you'll be charged 80 to 100 kroner (or $10 to $12.50) per person. Children 17 and younger get in for free. On-site amenities include a gift shop, a seasonal outdoor cafe and restrooms. The property sits less than a mile away from the Bygdøynesveien ferry pier. Visit the Viking Museum's website to find out more.
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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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