From the harbour there is a wide choice of sightseeing cruises to choose from. We went on a two hour cruise around the fjord and some of the islands. It was really relaxing; an excellent way to spend a Sunday morning and wind down after the excitement of the previous day's football!
The boat was comfortable and pretty typical of the tourist sightseeing boats you see everywhere. Even in July it was nowhere near full (we went on the 10.30 AM trip - the afternoon ones looked busier). Our guide was excellent - he spoke really good English and German, told some amusing stories, but also knew when to keep quiet and let us enjoy the scenery. We loved the views of the little summer houses and amused ourselves by planning which one we would buy if we lived in Oslo (and had lots of money!) On the way back to the quayside there are good views of Bygdoy (the museum island) and Holmenkollen ski jump on the hillside above the city.
You can also get refreshments on board (coffee, cold drinks, beer and snacks). The trip cost 195NK per person. You can also do shorter trips (50 minutes) and much longer ones.
Only 400 metres from the city lies the first of more than 40 islands in the fjord. This one is called 'Hovedøya' and like the many other islands it can be reached by a ferry from Vippetangen in the city. On the island you can see the ruins of an old monastery from 1147, and you can also find many great beaches for a picnic and a swim.
Other islands that can be reached by ferry are Bleikøya, Gressholmen, Lindøya, Nakholmen and Langøyene. The last was originally two islands close to eachother, and the place between them was used as a wastedump until 1938. But today it is the beauty of the fjord.
The Oslo Fjord is a very nice. You can see some beautiful scenic islands just a short ferry trip from the city centre. These islands are excellent for a stroll or a swim. You can take the ferry at Vippetangen just below the Akershus fortress. There is also a ferry connection to other beaches and villages located in the Oslo Fjord.
There is some controversy as to whether Oslo Fjord is actually a Fjord!
I'm afraid that we didn't get to venture along this waterway, due to time and weather constraints.
Luckily we got to see this view on Saturday, and took our photos, because on Sunday, it was overcast and snowing, so we couldn't see beyond the harbours edge.
Ferries run frequently to the 40 islands , and points on the mainland, carrying both locals and tourists.
During the summer, pleasure boats also offer various trips along the waterway.
Apparently, for many years the fjord was heavily polluted, due to industrial waste being discharged into the waters. However, the waters are now clean enough for anyone brave enough to swim - the water is VERY cold!While we were here, parts of the harbour and fjord were frozen, even in summer, the water is still quite cold.
I took a nice little cruise around the Oslo Fjord. Since I didn't have much time, I took the shortest one. It wasn't too expensive and I learned a lot from the guide. The scenery was great and I just enjoyed being out on the water for awhile.
A good way to look at the city from the boat. You can get off at different parts of the city, the cruise starts from the City Hall, then to the Opera House and finally to the Bygdøy island. I would say the stops are strategically located, especially at the Bygdøy island. A few museums are in the same area, FRAM, Viking Shop museum, Norsk Folkemuseum, Kon-Tiki museum, Maritime museum and Holocaust center.
The price at NOK 150 is very decent, a bus trip from the city to that area on Flexikort is at least NOK 40 return.
But the cold is very much unbearable. It was well below the zero, more so when the cruise is out in the sea. Bring enough warm clothing!
Part of the visit to Oslo was enjoying the transit through Oslofjord. Oslofjorden is shallow and contains many small islands which are generally covered with fir and pine trees. The temperature was 51 degrees Fahrenheit when we docked next to Akerhus Castle.
To me this was the nicest port because it was right in the historic part of the city.
Oslo is geographically large, since it includes many wooded and recreational areas. The population is relatively small; about 20 percet of all Norweigians live in the capital.
Despite heroic defiance by Norwegian troops, Sweden was drawn into World War II in the early spring of 1940 when the German Navy landed troops at strategic points in a lightning campiagn. The people of Oslo had to endure five years of occupation before their liberation.
Oslo has a statue of Winston Churchill to depict him as a great hero in Norway and President Roosevelt offered the Royal Family Sanctuary in the White House during the war.
This visit to Oslo was also our last day at sea and I knew that in 24 hours I would be on SAS airline on my way back to 80+ degree Augusta, Georgia.
One day we have came for skiing near mountainous area near Oslo fjord. That’s really green place with water further. You can watch Oslo town from this fjord and have a good time for walking, sport and more.
The Main island. Has sand beach, a harbour, kiosk/cafe, fishing areas, handicapped toilets, old ruins of a monastary (1147) and nice nature.
Take boat from Vippetangen (5 minutes)
2. Gressholmen og Rambergøya
The bunny island. Gressholmen has tons of rabbits so this is a popular destination for children. Sand beach, kiosk/cafe.
Take boat from Vippetangen (10 minutes)
The island you can camp on. Sand beach, sanitary facilities with drinking water, handicapped toilets. kiosk/cafe, telephone, marina, camping facilities. Langøyene consists of two islands that have been connected articially over the years. It is the only island where you can put up an tent and camp.
Take boat from Vippetangen (15 minutes)
The island with little dollhouses. There are several islands that are dotted with tiny, colourful little cottages. Lindøya is one of them. These homes used to be for the poor, working class population of Oslo, however, now these are highly coveted, going for millions of Norwegian Crowns. They are very nice to see while you are on the ferry touring the fjord.
Take boat from Vippetangen.
*note: The ferry is run by the same company that runs the metro, buses, and trams so you don't have to buy an extra ticket if you already bought one for the bus.
After you have enjoyed the Akershus Fortress go all the way down Vippetangkaia to the Vippetangen pear to catch a boat to the beautiful islands where you can spend the rest of your second day in Oslo (provided you have some snacks and drinks with you as those are not easy to find on the islands). Visit the closest one to Oslo - Hovedøya, with the ruins of an ancient monastery and popular beaches, as well as a ship farm (click on the picture to see how divinely peaceful it is there). If you have more time add to this a visit to "the rabbit island" of Gressholmen with big and tiny rabbits hopping everywhere. Langøyene is the only island where it is allowed to stay overnight, so in summer time many people camp there (a nice way to cut on accomodation cost?). There are beaches and a forest where you can pick berries and may be even mushrooms
I wanted to see the Fjord close up after I first saw it from the air when flying in to Oslo. The cruise lasts for 2 hours and takes you through the fjord, past the fortress of Akershus, through narrow sounds, bays and a maze of islands with small and not so small summer houses.
It's a great trip, make sure you have your camera ready. The tour guide was a mine of information and made the tour really interesting. It seems like half the population of Oslo has got summer houses on the many islands! Some of the houses are just like bigger boat houses, but you can see all different sizes - and prices. We stopped in front of one of the islands where the houses change hands for up to NKR14,000,000!
The scenery is just great. I went on a hot and sunny day, sitting in the back of the open boat. Just sitting back and enjoying the views was very relaxing.
Walk all around the harbour area and take one hour boat tour. (Photo is unconnected with this and shows sculpture park.)
Go to Munchmuseet if interested - and while there you are adjacent to the botanical gardens.
The norwegian bit of the National Gallery is also a good visit - and FREE!
We came to Oslo on a cruise ship and had the opportunity to leave through the fjord when evening was falling. It was magical. Small seaside towns dot the landscape. Sailing boats were out. Ferries ply the waters. And there are rocks and lighthouses. If you have the chance to cruise to the open sea, by all means stay on deck and enjoy a special trip through the Oslo fjord.
Although an international capital, Oslo has a real small city feel, largely due to the fact its spread out and in a very beautiful natural setting. To see some of this take a cruise on Oslo Fjord.
The Oslo fjord is the water around which Oslo is built. It is a sea water channel, and provides many of the attractions for summer activities.