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Meet your guide and driver by the ship and start this relaxed driving tour of Oslo. During the 3-hr panoramic drive you will get you see the highlights of this beautiful Nordic city from the comfort of your private vehicle.
Akershus Castle and Fortress is a medieval complex that was built to protect Oslo. It has also been used as a prison.The main building now is used for official events and dinners for the foreign heads of state. Akershus fortress is still a military area, but is open to the public daily until 21:00. In addition to the castle, the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and Norway's Resistance Museum can be visited there. Norwegian Royalty have been buried in the Royal Mausoleum in the castle. His Majesty the Kings Guard is responsible for guarding the fortress, with stationary guard posts during open hours, and patrols at night time. One of the stationary postings at the entrance is a popular photography spot for tourists visiting the fortress.
The Royal Palace was constructed for the new French-born king of unified Norway and Sweden. It has been the official royal residence since then. The palace is open for visitors with the advance appointment late June to mid August. The beautiful baroque park of the palace is open for visitors every day.
Oslo cathedral is a very old church, dating to the 17th century. The Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government use the Cathedral for public events. In 2001, Oslo Cathedral was the site of the wedding of Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby.
Oslo fjord is not a fjord in the geological sense - in Norwegian the term fjord can refer to a wide range of waterways. It is an inlet in the south-east of Norway, stretching from an imaginary line between the Torbjørnskjær and Færder lighthouses and down to Langesund in the south to Oslo in the north. In the summer there are boats of all sizes on the fjord, and it is possible to go kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and sailing.
Opera house is a beautiful white structure, located by the water in Oslo harbour. It is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre. The roof of the building angles to ground level, creating a large plaza that invites pedestrians to walk up and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo.
Holmenkollbakken is a large ski jumping hill located at Holmenkollen. It's a large hill with the capacity for 70,000 spectators, requiring the special permit for athletes to use. Holmenkollen has hosted the Holmenkollen Ski Festival since 1892. It's also a cross-country and biathlon venue. Holmenkollbakken is co-located with Holmenkollen Ski Museum, which presents the history of skiing. It has a simulator which allows the public to visualize a ski jump in the hill.
|Meeting time: 30 minutes after the ship docks OR at the time specified by your manager.|
|00:00 - 00:10||
Meet your guide and driver by the ship / hotel lobby and start this relaxed driving tour of Oslo. During the 3-hr panoramic drive you will get you see the highlights of this beautiful Nordic city from the comfort of your private vehicle.
Drive by a collection of top Oslo attractions such as Akershus Castle and Fortress and the Royal Palace Park (Slottsparken) while learning about the city’s history and culture from your friendly local guide. The exact sights seen while on tour depend on the route you take and might also include Oslo Cathedral, Oslo Fjord and Oslo Opera House.
We will also make a stop by Holmenkollen Ski Jump to take beautiful photos and use a restroom if needed (20 min or so). Dating back to the late 19th century, this ski hill had been rebuilt since then 19 times and was used during the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo. Since that time it has been totally redesigned and the new sports center opened in 2010. Perched on top of a hill, the iconic ski jump is known for being one of the city’s finest vantage points.
At the end of the tour you will be taken back to the ship / hotel.
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