Things to do if your cruise stops in Oslo

A cruise to the Scandanavian countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway will incorporate a variety of landscapes and cities, including Stockholm and Oslo. The dramatic Norwegian Fjords offer spectacular scenery, while some of the cities are picturesque and full of fascinating sights and history.


When visiting the capital of Norway, Oslo, you will arrive by cruising down Oslo’s very own Fjord. The city itself has much to offer visitors and when stopping off from your cruise ship, it is worthwhile forward planning to ensure you enjoy the city to the full.

Holmenkollen Hills

Holmenkollen Hills is a world-famous ski jumping area. As well as enjoying the stunning views over the city, you can visit the Ski Museum and there are shops and cafes too. There is also a ski simulator, so you can experience the sensation of skiing down a ski slope without fear of injury. Sporting events also take place at Holmenkollen Hills, such as the annual World Cup in Nordic disciplines. 


Frogner Park

Frogner park is the city’s biggest central park. In good weather, the park can be bustling with people and is a great place to watch people picnicking, jogging and walking their dogs. The park hosts a large collection of roses, with 150 different species and is also home to Frogner Open-Air Bath and Frogner Stadium, as well as Oslo City Museum and Frogner Manor House. At the centre of the park is Vigeland Sculpture Park, which claims to be Oslo’s most visited attraction.

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Gustav Vigeland created a huge outdoor sculpture park that includes 200 sculptures in 32 hectares of land in the middle of Frogner Park. The giant sculptures are made of bronze, granite and wrought iron and are placed in five sections that include the Main gate, the Fountain, the Bridge with the children’s playground, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum is located at Bygddy in Oslo. As well as exhibiting some interesting Viking artifacts, the museum is home to some of the best-preserved ships in the world.

Kon-Tiki Museum

The Kon-Tiki museum is home to memorabilia from the Kon-Tiki expedition, where Thor Heyerdahl travelled from Peru to Polynesia. The museum houses the balsa raft used by the explorer, as well as a library with 8000 books, maps of the expedition and other vessels. 

Kon Tiki museum

Fram Museum

The Fram Museum exhibits the ship, Fram, used to explore the polar regions. The ship was also used by Amundson on his expedition to the South Pole in 1910.

Oslo’s Icebar

The city’s Icebar is certainly worth a visit on a stop off in Oslo. The entire bar is made from ice and even the glasses are made from ice.

Ice Bar Oslo

Oslo is a beautiful city with plenty of sights and attractions to appeal to visitors. The museums offer a fascinating insight into Norway’s history and a visit to Oslo’s Ice bar is a great way to finish your day in the city.

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