Sightseen, Culture & local gems , From 1 to 3 hours walking
Discover Oslo, the capital of Norway, a gem set among the wood-covered hills and fjord waters dotted with numerous islands. We will be captivated by its monuments and numerous sights.
- Akershus Fortress
- Oslo Opera House
- Vigeland Park
- Holmenkollen Ski Jump
- City Hall
- Royal Palace
- National Theatre
- We will leave the jetty just below Akershus Fortress, which was first built in Medieval times and was then rebuilt in Renaissance style in the first half of the 1600s.
- We will then move towards one of the main sights of the city - the futuristic Opera House. Designed by Snøhetta, who also designed the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the Opera House covers 38,500 square metres and has 1,100 rooms. The main hall can sit 1,350 people. The building won several prizes such as the award in the culture category at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2008, the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009 and the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
- After a brief stop, we will reach the Vigeland park for a guided walking tour. The park covers 32 hectares and there are over 200 sculptures created by sculptor Gustav Vigeland, who also designed the park. The artist never explained his work, so visitors can interpret them as they please. It will be interesting and fascinating to discover this world of stone, iron and bronze human beings. Among the most famous sculptures, there is the 17 metre-high Monolith at the centre of this beautiful park.
- Our next stop will provide us with an amazing view of Oslo from the Holmenkollen hills, where the Holmenkollen Ski Jump is located, an unmissable modern structure created following the complete restoration of the Holmenkollen National Ski Arena for the 2011 World Championships.
- We will then continue our coach tour of the city and take some pictures while we admire the building that houses the Norwegian parliament known as the Stortinget*.
- We will then see the National Theatre, built in 1899 in a Neoclassical style with Rococo interiors.
- Next is the Royal Palace, known locally as Det kongelige Scott, which was built in the 19th century by King Charles III and has 173 rooms.
- Another attraction in Oslo's city centre is the City Hall or Oslo rådhus*, a Functionalist that houses offices as well as many works of art by Norwegian artists.
Good to know
- You need to be physically fit to take part in this excursion.
- Uneven surfaces and steps.
- The walk is 3.5 km long and lasts 1h and 30 minutes.
- The itinerary may be subject to change due to traffic.
- Those who do not wish to walk around Vigeland park can remain on the coach and meet up with the rest of the group later.
- Comfortable shoes are recommended.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.