Why choose a cruise to Oslo?
One of Scandinavia’s most beautiful port cities, Oslo effortlessly blends rugged, natural Nordic beauty and innovative architecture with the convenience of an ultra-modern, minimalist city. From the moment your cruise liner docks in the castle-guarded harbour, you’ll be blown away by the other-worldly landscape, the almost never-ending sunlight (in the height of summer), along with the abundance of trendy cafes, bars and deliciously-fresh seafood restaurants. Together with all the sculpture-lined parks, historical buildings and museums to explore, you’ll be in no doubt you’ve arrived in one of the world’s most alluring port cities.
A guide to Oslo’s hotspots
There’s definitely no shortage of fascinating things to see and do in Oslo. One of the very best is the majestic Frogner Park, home to huge open-air pools, picturesque walks and the world’s largest sculpture park, with more than 200 pieces from Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland.
Located right on the harbour, the Oslo Opera House, with its distinctive sloping facade, provides a huge programme of opera and ballet performances, along with jaw-dropping rooftop views over the city and the Oslo Fjord. Also catering for culture vultures, The National Gallery houses a variety of master paintings and sculptures from many of Europe’s finest artists, including Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Munch.
If you’re looking to soak up a bit of history while in Oslo, the Akershus Castle & Fortress is well worth a trip. Set on the banks of the fjord, it was built in 1299 to protect the city from Swedish sieges, while also serving as a residence for Norway’s royal family, and at one stage even a prison.
Museums are a big draw in Oslo. The Holmenkollen Ski Museum offers possibly the best panoramic views of the city, and the famous, mammoth Ski Jump Tower is really something to see. The spectacular Viking Ship Museum, with its plethora of 1,000-year-old fully-intact vessels, is also on most visitors’ must-see lists.
Handy Tip: The Oslo Pass gives you free access to museums, public transport and numerous activities, and costs around £37 for 24 hours.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Oslo
The best time to visit Oslo
May to August is the ideal time to experience the best of Oslo, as sunlight and warmth return after a long, dark winter. Average temperatures increase from 16˚C in May, peak at 22˚C in July, and only dip slightly to 20˚C in August. June and July are also the months to experience the wonder of the midnight sun, when Oslo basks in almost 24-hour sunlight each day. It can still get chilly in the evenings though, so pack a coat.
Did you know?
- The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo’s City Hall each year
- Edvard Munch’s famous Scream painting is housed in the Munch Museum in Oslo
- Every year, the good people of Oslo donate the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree to the UK as a thank-you for Britain’s support during WWII