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A moderate introduction to the capital of Norway in this combo 3-hrs driving and 1-hr walking tour. Visit Vigeland park woith its amazingly imaginative sculptures, Holmenkollen Ski jump - Oslo’s finest vantage point, Viking Ship Museum with one of the oldest wooden boats on display, and Oslo City Hall.
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.
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.
The Viking Ship Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from different areas of Scandinavia. The main attractions are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship. Additionally, the Viking Age display includes sledges, beds, a horse cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets and other grave goods.
|Meeting time: 30 minutes after the ship docks OR at the time specified by your manager.|
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Meet your guide by the ship and start the day with a walking exploration of Oslo city center. During the walk you will get you see up close the highlights of this beautiful Nordic city like the old fortress Akershus and enjoy a colorful stroll through King Christian IV’s town to main street Karl Johansgt. At the main street you will see the Oslo Cathedral, the Parliament Building , the National Theatre and the Royal Palace.
fter 1 hr of walking, we will hop onto your private minibus and will depart to Vigeland park – the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and one of Norway’s most beautiful tourist attractions. This unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with over 200 sculptures made out of bronze, granite and wrought iron.
After you have enjoyed the park views, it’s time to move over to Oslo’s finest vantage point – Holmenkollen Ski jump! Dating back to the late 19thcentury, this ski hill had been rebuilt since then 19 times and was used during the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo. Since that time it had been totally redesigned and the new sports center opened there in 2010. You will have approximately 20 minutes to enjoy fantastic views of Oslo, take beautiful photos and make wonderful memories for your trip back home.
|And finally, our last stop before we return to the ship will be at the Viking Museum. The Viking ship museum is possibly the most popular museum in Oslo. Your friendly local guide will explain the history and the way of life during the Viking era. The exhibition is truly unique and boasts original wooden ships that had been perfectly conserved even though they are over a thousand years old!|
We will conclude your tour back at the pier. If you wish, you will be able to walk back to the city center on your own to do more self-exploration.
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