Did you know that the Oslo Pass is among the best ways to explore the city, both in terms of value and flexibility? With free use of public transport, entrances to all the main museums and discounts on sightseeing tours, restaurants and other services, it’s a one stop shop for any tourist wanting to maximize their stay. Today we present one of two ways to combine the Oslo Pass with a walking tour, each with a similar route but their own distinct theme.
– HISTORIC WALKING TOUR –
First stop is the grand ceremony hall inside Oslo City Hall. Enter it from the front entrance and marvel at the majestic art depicting the history of the capital city of Oslo. Visiting the large open space will calm you and give you the right mindset to take a dive into the origins of Norway.Next is a short boat ride from the quay on the back side of City Hall towards Bygdøy. Enjoy a small break and smell the ocean breeze while you take in the city scape from the water.
Get off at the first stop, called Dronningen. From here, you get to climb the beautiful “Huk Avenue” lined by trees and flanked by white villas on both sides.
The first museum is the Viking Ship Museum. Marvel at the authentic, full size Viking longships excavated from burial mounds. Be surprised by how well preserved the ships are, and how accomplished shipbuilders and seafarers the Norwegians were in the period when the nation was first unified during the Viking Age.
A short walk away is the second stop – the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. This outdoor park contains historical buildings moved here from all over the country, from all ages between the Viking Age and today.
Stroll the grounds, see, learn and understand how the daily lives of Norwegians changed with the times, before returning with the boat back to Oslo.
After a satisfying excursion to Bygdøy, the time is right for a well-deserved lunch at Louise restaurant. Hop off the ferry and take a short walk along the bay until you find it in the most popular spot along the Aker Brygge waterfront. Splurge on a shellfish platter, or simply select anything from their superb menu. It’s guaranteed to delight your senses and your hungry stomach.
After lunch you can simply stroll the modern urban district of Aker Brygge to enjoy some shopping, or sit down to watch the people and boats passing by. If you feel in the mood for more museums, stop by Astrup Fearnley Museum for international contemporary art.Make sure not to miss the sculpture park outside, with green lawns right next to the seaside promenade. As the day turns to dusk and the skies darken, take a short stroll to the brand new attraction, the Tree of Oslo.
Next we will present a similar walking tour route, with a different theme. Stay tuned!
Photo Credits: VisitOSLO, Didrick Stenersen, Tord Baklund, Thomas Johannessen, NLE Film