Oslo, Norway

Oslo is a city of breathtaking natural beauty lying between dense forests and the mouth of the Oslofjord, a stunning 100-kilometre long inlet patiently carved between cliffs by the movement of glaciers.

With its numerous forests, hundreds of parks and ornate botanical gardens, more trees reside in this green city than people. The densely forested hills that surround Oslo are so valued that they have their own subway stops. Even in the bustling city centre, a park is never more than a 2-block stroll away. With hundreds of lakes and lush greenery, Oslo is a beautiful city to stroll through with a photo opportunity waiting around every corner.

Oslo is a great city for outdoor activities. With its fjords and many lakes, visitors can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, sailing or fishing. The forests are marked with a comprehensive network of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. When the snow falls in the deep of winter, head to the local ski resorts (some less than 30 minutes from the heart of Oslo).

Along with its natural beauty, Oslo is also renowned for its beautiful art scene. It would take several days to explore Oslo’s vast array of world-class museums and galleries. Add to this a thriving restaurant, bar and café scene, and you can see why Oslo is such a popular cruise port of call.

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Port Location

Oslo has two cruise ports on Akershus pier, one on either side of the Akershus fortress. Each dock is very close to the city centre; one is only a 5 minutes’ walk away, while the other is a 20 minutes’ walk away.

Port Facilities

The cruise ship terminal has several facilities, including:

  • A coffee shop

  • A tourist information booth

  • Souvenir shops

  • Currency exchange

  • Wi-Fi.

As the terminal is close to the city centre, many other facilities are also nearby.

How To Get Around

A hop-on-hop-off double-decker tourist bus leaves from the cruise ship terminal every half hour. This bus has an audio commentary in several languages and free Wi-Fi. The city centre, which contains the majority of Oslo’s attractions, is easily navigated on foot. To travel further afield, Oslo has an efficient and comprehensive public transport system comprising buses, trams (known as streetcars), ferries and a network of underground trains. An ‘Oslo Pass’ grants access to all public transport excluding late-night buses and a few ferries around Oslofjord. Driving is not practical in Oslo as parking is very limited. Taxis are available, but they are expensive and are best booked at least 1 hour ahead.

Travel times from the Port of Oslo:

On foot:

  • It is a 1 minute journey to Akershus Castle/Fortress

  • It is a 15 minute journey to the central train station.

By car/taxi:

  • It is a 1 minute journey to Akershus Castle/Fortress

  • It is a 6 minute journey to the central train station

  • It is an 8 minute journey to the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

  • It is a 10 minute journey to the Viking Ship Museum.

By bus:

  • It is an 8 minute journey to the central train station

  • It is a 27 minute journey to the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History ole Strasse

  • It is a 30 minute journey to the Viking Ship Museum.

General Information

  • Currency – The currency used in Oslo is the krone (NOK), meaning crown (the plural is kroner). 1 krone is made up of 100 øre. Banknotes come in 50NOK, 100NOK, 200NOK, 500NOK and 1,000NOK denominations. Coins come in 50 øre and 1NOK, 5NOK, 10NOK and 20NOK.

  • Time Zone – Oslo clocks operate according to Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). During the daylight savings months of March to October, Oslo changes to 2 hours ahead of UTC.

  • Weather – Oslo experiences a humid continental climate, with warm summers and very cold winters. Average temperatures vary from 18 to -3 degrees Celsius throughout the year, with July being the warmest month and January the coldest.

Highlights

  • Norwegian Museum of Cultural History – In the land of fairy tales, it’s hard to pass up the chance to explore their settings in detail. This museum features a collection of approximately 150 buildings renovated to recreate the folk architecture of Norway throughout the ages. To complete the scene, staff dress in traditional peasant clothing. The sod-roofed timber farmhouses with wildflowers growing on their roofs are a special highlight.

  • Akershus Castle/Fortress – This beautiful castle is one of the most fortified buildings in Europe. Since its construction in 1299, the castle has been expanded greatly. Today, you can stroll the extensive gardens or catch an open air concert on the grounds, visit the military museum, or pick up an audio guide and walk through the well-preserved rooms of the castle to learn more about its fascinating history.

  • Viking Ship Museum – This award-winning collection of restored Viking longboats has become one of Norway’s best-loved museums. The three 9th century boats were discovered buried in peat, incredibly well preserved. Marine archaeologists have worked hard to restore the ships. Other relics on display from the Viking age include jewellery and tools.

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