ROL Cruise recommends...
1. See real Viking ships
Go to Oslo to see some of the best preserved Viking ships in the world. Once used as tombs for members of the nobility, the buried ships were excavated between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. The oak ships, some of which are more than 20 metres long, are on display at the city’s Museum of Cultural History.
2. Marvel at Norwegian artworks (including The Scream)
The Norwegian painter Edvard Munch grew up in Oslo and donated all of his works to the city after his death. Head to the National Gallery to see the most famous version of his painting The Scream, along with artworks by other Norwegian and international artists. To enjoy art in the great outdoors, visit Frogner Park. Featuring more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, it is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist.
3. Visit the Akershus Castle and Fortress
Situated close to the port, a look around the Akershus Castle and Fortress is ideal if your ship is docking at Akershus. This medieval building originates from the fourteenth century and was one of the most important Norwegian castles of the period. It has since been used as a prison, as well as the resting place of important members of the country’s royal family. While you’re there, take a look around the nearby Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and Norway’s Resistance Museum.
4. Admire the impressive Oslo Opera House
Built in such a way that it appears to rise from the water, the striking Oslo Opera House was completed in 2008 but has quickly become one of the city’s most memorable and photographed landmarks. Visitors are welcome to walk up onto the roof to enjoy panoramic views of the city, while scheduled guided tours will take you into some of the building’s 1,100 rooms.
5. Explore the Bygdøy peninsula
Not far from the city centre, the Bygdøy peninsula offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy Norway’s natural beauty. Join a ferry tour for stunning views across the bay or wander around by foot and admire the quaint Norwegian houses amongst luscious forests and beautiful parkland. Bygdøy is also where you’ll find some of the city’s best museums. Make sure you visit the popular Fram Museum, where you can learn all about Norwegian polar exploration and go on board the first ship to visit the South Pole.