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Oslo

The tranquil and picturesque capital of Norway.

Oslo lies at the inner reaches of the Oslo Fjord and is a tranquil and picturesque capital. Oslo is home to the Viking Ship and the Kon-Tiki museums, as well as the famous Holmenkollen ski jump and the statue park of Gustav Vigeland.

A stroll along the harbour with its many old wooden tall ships followed by a cold beer in the evening sun along Aker Brygge is well worth it. Oslo is also one of the capitals in Europe with the largest number of bars and restaurants per capita, and night life is plentiful. Read about vibrant Oslo places to visit here.

The history of the city can be traced back over 1,000 years. Oslo was founded in 1048, by the King Harald Hardråde. The city became capital of Norway around 1300, but lost its privileges during the Danish-Norwegian union from 1348 to 1814. In 1624, a fire devastated old Oslo, and the city was moved some kilometres west to gain protection from the fortress at Akershus. The city was renamed Christiania, after the Danish king Christian IV, a name that remained until it was officially renamed on January 1st 1925 to Oslo.

Oslo, with its approximately 453 square kilometres, is one of the largest capitals in the world by area. Granted, most of this is forest, making Oslo a city in close contact with the nature surrounding it.

Oslo is situated in an amphitheater-like setting, with the city centre in the bottom close to the Oslo fjord, and residential areas stretching uphill from there in all directions. Behind the residential areas, the forested area of Marka (Nordmarka, Østmarka, Lillomarka) extends, with flora and fauna that is quite extraordinary for a city of this size. Moose are commonplace (easily spotted in winter), and the whole of the capital is part of Norway's wolf reserve (even if they rarely come here). Polarbears are NOT common in the city centre, even some might think so, due to old stories about Norway.

The Oslo fjord is a lake in the Skagerrak bay, stretching inland from the North Sea towards Øresund and the Baltic Sea. Oslo has an impressive archipelago of islands, which in summer becomes the city's favoured playground.

If you are planning on travelling to Bergen on the Oslo to Bergen Train journey, read more about it here.

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Johan Berge

Scandinavian Capitals - by rail & ferry

14 days - Independent tour with emphasis on city stays and some fabulous fjord scenery.

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Husky Riding on Lapland Arctic Highlights tour

Arctic Light, Auroras & Hurtigruten - Escorted Tour

14 days - Norwegian Coastal Voyage and Finland with 50DN escort

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  • Scandinavia
  • Norway
  • Finland
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Ørjan Bertelsen

Beautiful Norway and Hurtigruten

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  • New Tour 2019
  • Scandinavia
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Frederik Garshol

Beautiful Norway

8 days - Independent visit to the mountains, fjords and valleys of Norway. Enjoy staying at boutique hotels and touring around in our private 50DN minibus.

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  • Norway
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Norwegian Fjords, Credit: Sverre Hjørnevik/Fjord Norway

Beautiful Norway Express

5 days - Highlights of 'Beautiful Norway' - compacted version.

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Per Pixel Petersson

Oslo to Gothenburg - self drive coastal route

6 days - Coastal driving along Sweden's west coast

  • Our favourite route
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  • Sweden
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Robin Strand

Norway in a Nutshell® Plus

5 days - Independent self guided tour extended with more inclusions.

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Manuel Meurisse

Escorted Midnight Sun Photography Tour

12 days - Join Lonely Planet Photographer, David Evans on this Norway tour.

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Visit Norway

Hardangervidda Classic

6 days - Group Hike in Hardangervidda National Park.

  • 2018 Dates
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Aurlandsdalen - Classic Norway on foot

7 days - Join us for a Norway in a Nutshell® experience with a difference.

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10 days - Multitude of landings on Spitsbergen with Hurtigruten

  • MS Fram and MS Spitsbergen
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Paul Lockhart

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6 days - An in-depth self drive itinerary through the heart of of Telemark

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Highlights of Norway

14 days - Summer tour to the mountains, coast and fjords of Norway, including a Hurtigruten voyage.

  • New tour 2020
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Visit Copenhagen

Highlights of Scandinavia

12 days - Independent tour with city tours, fjord stay and insider experiences.

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Hurtigruten Heritage & Göta Canal

16 days - Discover Scandinavia by vintage river and coastal boats.

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Finn Hagen

Jotunheimen Classic

8 days - Group Hike - Hike from cabin to cabin across Jotunheimen NP

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Mountains, Fjords & Norwegian Coast with Hurtigruten

13 days - Classic Norway in a Nutshell® tour, Oslo and Hurtigruten voyage through Norway.

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Nordic Capitals Gourmet

10 days - Classic independent tour plus food tours and special touches.

  • Food tours included
  • Sweden
  • Scandinavia
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Nordic Winter Odyssey

15 day - ICEHOTEL | Lyngen Lodge | Hurtigruten | Stockholm

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  • Scandinavia
  • Norway
  • Sweden
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Hotel Dalen

Norway Active - self-drive

11 days - Boutique stays with hiking, fly-fishing and golfing surrounded by Norwegian scenery

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Norway in a Nutshell®

3 days - Independent tour by rail, bus and ferry.

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Norway in a Nutshell® - Active

3 days - An active twist on the classic.

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Aurlandsdalen valley,  Sverre Hjørnevik / www.fjordnorway.com

Norway in a Nutshell® - Active Plus

6 days - An active summer twist on the classic - extended version

  • Scandinavia
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Norway in a Nutshell® Plus - Winter

5 days - Independent with boutique hotels and winter adventure

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Norway's Classic Fjords

6 days - All the fjord favourites in one tour; Kviknes Hotel, Norway in a Nutshell® and Bergen.

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Hurtigruten

Norwegian Coastal Voyage & Nordic Capitals

23 days - Independent cruise and tour of Scandinavia's coast and capitals.

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Jarand Lokeland - Alesund

Norwegian Fjords by rail & ferry

10 day - Independent tour with scenic train journeys and Hurtigruten port-to-port voyages

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Norwegian Fjords Hike & Bike

10 days - Let Norway live up to your expectations on this active adventure...

  • Nordic+ tour
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Oslo to Bergen - self drive tour

6 days - Discover Hoven Loen, Fjærland, Flåm and Lom on this classic fjord route.

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Rallarvegen by bike

3 days - Norway's most popular bike route, independent departures. Family friendly.

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Rondane Classic

6 days - Group Hike - Classic Norwegian trek through Rondane National Park

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Lina Roos

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9 days - Premium tour with emphasis on luxury city stays and family adventures

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Scandinavian Gems

10 days - Premium tour with emphasis on luxury city stays and fabulous fjord scenery

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Sognefjord in a Nutshell ®

3 days - Independent by train, boat and ferry.

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Telemark & the Norwegian Fjords self drive

7 days - Explore Southern Norway with boutique stays and fjords

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Accommodation
First Hotel Grims Grenka
Hotel Bristol | Lunch, Coffees, Dining and a Day Spa
Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret
Comfort Hotel Grand Central
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz
Restaurants
Maaemo
Solsiden Restaurant
Festningen | Norway Restaurant
Maaemo
Restaurant options in Oslo
Vippa Oslo
Vippa Oslo
Highlights
Vigeland Park
Vigeland Statue Park
DogA - Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture
Scandinavian Christmas Markets
Ekebergparken
Open Day at the Oslo Opera House
Sørenga seawater pool Oslo
KOK floating sauna Oslo
Floating Sauna in Oslo
Optional Add Ons
Summer night on Oslo fjord
Fjord Sightseeing
Fishing in Norway
Oslo Food Tours