Cruise around the port of Oslo and the history of the great exploration the poles
Sightseen, Less than 1 hour walking
An excursion exploring Norway's rich nautical tradition with a sightseeing boat trip around the port of Oslo and its inlets, not to mention an unmissable visit to the Fram museum to relive the excitement of the great expeditions to the poles.
- Sightseeing boat trip around the port of Oslo and fjords
- Monastery ruins and Dyna lighthouse
- Huk Bay, Akershus castle/fortress and Town Hall towers
- Bygdoy peninsula
- Fram Museum and polar ship * Oscarshall Castle
- Our excursion begins with a brief stroll along the port, which leads to one of the most beautiful and oldest Norwegian boats. Perfectly restored to its original state, the boat has an open deck that allows you to admire the beautiful views of the port of Oslo and its inlets. Then we will set off to explore the city on a sightseeing boat trip around the port and fjords. We will admire the ruins of a Cistercian monastery from the 12th century on the island of Hovedoya, famous for its beaches and nature reserve, and the nearby Dyna lighthouse** opened in 1875 and still in use today.
- Then we will see the Bygdoy peninsula where we can find a number of museums, Oslo's beaches including Huk bay, Akershus castle/fortress (built by king Haakon V in the late 18th century in a strategic position to defend the city from attacks from the sea) and the two distinctive Town Hall towers that were opened in 1950 for the city's 900th anniversary. Every year on 10 December, the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony takes place inside the Town Hall.
- Following the peninsula's coastline we can see one of the city's charming suburbs. Our boat trip ends at Bygdoynes on the wonderful lush Bygdoy peninsula, which the King of Norway used as a hunting ground. Bygdoy has retained its rural feel and is a delightful place for walks.
- After disembarking the boat, we will visit the Fram museum. This museum is dedicated to Nordic exploration and the famous Fram polar ship built in 1892, which has travelled further north and further south than any other ship. Roald Amundsend, Otto Sverdrup and Fridtjof Nansen embarked on several Arctic and Antarctic expeditions with the Fram in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and this interactive museum is testament to their spirit and courage. The museum displays the historic ship in its original condition. There are original objects inside and visitors are invited to go down to the lower deck of the ship to discover what conditions were like on board. Other exhibitions show animals from the polar regions, a large collection of books and there is also a souvenir shop. The various exhibitions we can see include the entire new area, the Gyøa building, the first ship that crossed the water in a north-westerly direction in 1906.
- After visiting the museum, we will travel back to Bygdoy by coach to continue our tour with a sightseeing trip around the port. There we will be able to admire a host of luxury ships and, with a bit of luck, even the king's yacht, as well as the charming Oscarshall castle. It was built between 1847 and 1852 on the orders of King Oscar I and was designed by Danish architect Johan Henrik Nebelonge. The building's architectural style is a combination of Romantic and English Neo-Gothic architecture. After visiting other places of interest we will head back to the ship.
Good to know
- The excursion may take place in reverse order.