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    <p>Backed by mountains and surrounded by sea, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/oslo" target="_blank">Oslo</a> is truly unique. <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/country-guide/cruises-to-norway" target="_blank">Norway&rsquo;s</a> capital is renowned for its green open spaces and abundance of museums, embracing the contemporary arts while paying homage to its fascinating history. Oslo has been named the European Green Capital for 2019 and has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. Its excellent transport links and careful city planning mean it is easy to navigate - perfect for a one-day cruise stopover. If you&rsquo;re looking to see the city on a budget, perhaps our list of the <strong>top free things to do in Oslo</strong> will help?</p>\r\n
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    <h2>Things to do in Oslo</h2>\r\n
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    <h3>Explore Ekebergparken Sculpture Park</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Showcasing a spectacular international art collection, <a href="https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?tlp=3004223&amp;name=Ekebergparken-Sculpture-Park" target="_blank">Ekebergparken</a> is a must-see for culture vultures visiting Oslo. Statues are surrounded by beautiful scenery from lush woodlands in the summer to snow-covered laws in the winter. The sculptures represent European art history over the past 150 years, including works by Salvador Dali and Damien Hirst. Ekebergparken is open all year round and is completely free. It is roughly a 45-minute walk from the cruise port, however, there are also excellent public transport links.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Marvel at Bygd&oslash;y Peninsula</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Famous for its maritime history, Bygd&oslash;y Peninsula is the place to go to discover Norway&rsquo;s Viking history. Vanessa from <a href="https://expertworldtravel.com/" target="_blank">Expert World Travel</a> has lived in northern Norway for the past three years and highly recommends visiting Bygd&oslash;y, &ldquo;Oslo might be Norway&rsquo;s most expensive city but there are plenty of things you can do and see for free. Visiting a country like Norway, you&rsquo;d most likely want to see the famous fjords and beautiful landscapes and even the city of Oslo itself has lots of green spaces to offer.</p>\r\n
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    <p>&ldquo;My favourite place in Oslo is the peninsula Bygd&oslash;y, where you can not only find some of Oslo&rsquo;s best museums (the <a href="https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?tlp=2982693&amp;name=The-Viking-Ship-Museum-closed-" target="_blank">Viking Ship Museum</a> and <a href="https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?tlp=641993&amp;name=Hadeland-Folkemuseum" target="_blank">Folkemuseum</a>) but also several beaches where you can relax and enjoy the scenery on a sunny day without having to pay a single kroner.</p>\r\n
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    <p>&ldquo;The peninsula is also a great place to go for a walk in the forest and you can even visit the summer residence of the King of Norway, which also functions as an organic farm. Entrance is free in spring and summer, however, you can only visit on Saturdays.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Pay your respects at Edvard Munch&rsquo;s grave</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Art enthusiasts shouldn&rsquo;t miss out on paying their respects to Edvard Munch. The renowned Norwegian artist and creator of the well-known masterpiece <em>The Scream</em> is buried in the Cemetry of Our Saviour. Munch spent much of his later years in solitude at his estate in Sk&oslash;yen, Oslo. Many of his works celebrate rural life. His grave is fairly easy to find as it features a stone bust of himself.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Relax at Paradisbukta Beach</h3>\r\n
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    <p>If you&rsquo;re heading off on your <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/find-your-cruise?page=1&amp;places%5B0%5D=Norway&amp;sortBy=default&amp;worldCruise=1" target="_blank">cruise to Norway</a> in the summer and want to hit the beach, fear not. Just 6km from the cruise port, the beautiful <a href="https://www.visitnorway.com/listings/huk-%26-paradisbukta-beach/2781/" target="_blank">Paradisbukta Beach</a> is a haven for swimmers, windsurfers and sunbathers. Throughout the summer season, a snack bar is open and the grassy surroundings are abuzz with cyclists and hikers. It goes without saying that Paradisbukta Beach is totally free to enjoy.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>See Old Aker Church</h3>\r\n
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    <p>The half an hour walk from the cruise terminal is well worth the effort to see Oslo&rsquo;s oldest building. <a href="https://www.visitnorway.com/listings/huk-%26-paradisbukta-beach/2781/" target="_blank">Old Aker Church</a>, as well as being visually stunning, is the oldest surviving building in the city, dating back to around 1150. The Roman-style basilica is surrounded by a picturesque churchyard and services are still held here on Sundays at 11 am. Old Aker Church is free to visit.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Stroll along Damstredet and Telthusbakken</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Step back in time to Oslo&rsquo;s most picturesque districts. Extremely well-preserved with quaint wooden houses dating back to the 1700s, <a href="https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?tlp=2982923&amp;name=Damstredet--Telthusbakken" target="_blank">Damstredet and Telthusbakken</a> are a photographer&rsquo;s paradise. Damstredet is a pretty cobbled street lined with old houses, stretching for just 160 metres. Telthusbakken is equally attractive with gardens and a medieval church. Roaming through these ancient parts of Oslo is completely free. This area is roughly a 30-minute walk from the cruise port, however, the city has great transport links.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>View Vigeland Sculpture Park</h3>\r\n
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    <p><a href="https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?tlp=2983043&amp;name=Vigeland-Sculpture-Park" target="_blank">Vigeland Sculpture Park</a> is often named by travellers as the most unusual attraction in Oslo. Situated an hour&rsquo;s walk from the cruise port, the park is worth seeking if you&rsquo;re interested in surreal art. It is the largest sculpture park in the world by a single artist, with over 200 pieces on display, each crafted by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The sculptures featured naked human figures in various poses and situations and are considered to be incredibly unique, if not rather unusual. Gustav Vigeland did not live to see the park&rsquo;s completion, however, the collection welcomes over one million visitors each year. It&rsquo;s said that the artist had envisioned a true public space for the people of Oslo and it remains free to the public.</p>\r\n
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    <p>We chatted to Jennifer and Tim from <a href="https://luxeadventuretraveler.com/" target="_blank">Luxe Adventure Traveler</a>, and they told us: &ldquo;Norway is one of the world&rsquo;s most expensive countries to visit but that doesn&rsquo;t mean a trip there has to cost a fortune. Vigeland Sculpture Park with its 212 sculptures is one of Oslo&rsquo;s top attractions and entry is free.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Visit Akershus Fortress</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Just 500m from the cruise port sits the impressive <a href="https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?tlp=2985533&amp;name=Akershus-Castle" target="_blank">Akershus Castle and Fortress</a>. Dating back to 1299, the medieval building occupies the very end of a headband and has witnessed many sieges through the years. King Christian IV (1588 - 1648) modernised the castle and converted it into a Renaissance castle and royal residence. Today, visitors can explore the fortress free of charge and even take a guided tour throughout the summer.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Walk on the roof of Oslo Opera House</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Walk on the roof of one of Oslo&rsquo;s finest buildings, Oslo Opera House. Visitors are invited to stroll along the marble rooftop to truly appreciate the architecture and get a unique perspective of the city. Gaze over the fjord archipelago, dotted with traditional wooden summer houses in bright colours, as well as the rolling hills beyond Oslo. While this unique experience is completely free, if you want to explore Oslo Opera House inside, there is an entrance fee. The opera house is just 15 minutes from the cruise terminal.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Wander around Oslo Cathedral</h3>\r\n
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    <p>First consecrated in 1967, <a href="https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?tlp=2978413&amp;name=Oslo-Cathedral" target="_blank">Oslo Cathedral</a> is truly a sight to behold. In 1950, the building&rsquo;s interior was restored back to its original baroque style. It is the main church for the Church of Norway Diocese of Oslo and is used for weddings and funerals by the Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government. Oslo Cathedral is just a 15-minute walk from the cruise port and is completely free to visit. During weekdays and every Sunday, the church hosts mass but the building is also used for concerts throughout the year.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Witness Oslo&rsquo;s Royal Palace</h3>\r\n
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    <p>See the changing of the guard at Oslo&rsquo;s spectacular <a href="https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?tlp=2983263&amp;name=The-Royal-Palace" target="_blank">Royal Palace</a>. Surrounded by the lush grounds of Palace Park, the opulent building is home to HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja. If you&rsquo;re not prepared to fork out &pound;12 for a guided tour of the Royal Palace, the changing of the guard takes place each day at 1.30 pm and is a magnificent sight. If you did opt for the guided your, you&rsquo;ll be taken to see the beautiful staterooms, including the Banqueting Hall, Mirror Hall and King Haakon VII Suite.</p>\r\n
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It goes without saying that Paradisbukta Beach is totally free to enjoy.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ESee Old Aker Church\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe half an hour walk from the cruise terminal is well worth the effort to see Oslo&rsquo;s oldest building. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.visitnorway.com\/listings\/huk-%26-paradisbukta-beach\/2781\/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EOld Aker Church\u003C\/a\u003E, as well as being visually stunning, is the oldest surviving building in the city, dating back to around 1150. The Roman-style basilica is surrounded by a picturesque churchyard and services are still held here on Sundays at 11 am. Old Aker Church is free to visit.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EStroll along Damstredet and Telthusbakken\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EStep back in time to Oslo&rsquo;s most picturesque districts. Extremely well-preserved with quaint wooden houses dating back to the 1700s, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.visitoslo.com\/en\/product\/?tlp=2982923&amp;name=Damstredet--Telthusbakken\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EDamstredet and Telthusbakken\u003C\/a\u003E are a photographer&rsquo;s paradise. Damstredet is a pretty cobbled street lined with old houses, stretching for just 160 metres. Telthusbakken is equally attractive with gardens and a medieval church. Roaming through these ancient parts of Oslo is completely free. This area is roughly a 30-minute walk from the cruise port, however, the city has great transport links.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EView Vigeland Sculpture Park\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.visitoslo.com\/en\/product\/?tlp=2983043&amp;name=Vigeland-Sculpture-Park\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EVigeland Sculpture Park\u003C\/a\u003E is often named by travellers as the most unusual attraction in Oslo. Situated an hour&rsquo;s walk from the cruise port, the park is worth seeking if you&rsquo;re interested in surreal art. It is the largest sculpture park in the world by a single artist, with over 200 pieces on display, each crafted by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The sculptures featured naked human figures in various poses and situations and are considered to be incredibly unique, if not rather unusual. Gustav Vigeland did not live to see the park&rsquo;s completion, however, the collection welcomes over one million visitors each year. It&rsquo;s said that the artist had envisioned a true public space for the people of Oslo and it remains free to the public.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWe chatted to Jennifer and Tim from \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/luxeadventuretraveler.com\/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ELuxe Adventure Traveler\u003C\/a\u003E, and they told us: &ldquo;Norway is one of the world&rsquo;s most expensive countries to visit but that doesn&rsquo;t mean a trip there has to cost a fortune. Vigeland Sculpture Park with its 212 sculptures is one of Oslo&rsquo;s top attractions and entry is free.&rdquo;\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EVisit Akershus Fortress\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EJust 500m from the cruise port sits the impressive \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.visitoslo.com\/en\/product\/?tlp=2985533&amp;name=Akershus-Castle\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EAkershus Castle and Fortress\u003C\/a\u003E. Dating back to 1299, the medieval building occupies the very end of a headband and has witnessed many sieges through the years. King Christian IV (1588 - 1648) modernised the castle and converted it into a Renaissance castle and royal residence. Today, visitors can explore the fortress free of charge and even take a guided tour throughout the summer.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EWalk on the roof of Oslo Opera House\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWalk on the roof of one of Oslo&rsquo;s finest buildings, Oslo Opera House. Visitors are invited to stroll along the marble rooftop to truly appreciate the architecture and get a unique perspective of the city. Gaze over the fjord archipelago, dotted with traditional wooden summer houses in bright colours, as well as the rolling hills beyond Oslo. While this unique experience is completely free, if you want to explore Oslo Opera House inside, there is an entrance fee. The opera house is just 15 minutes from the cruise terminal.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EWander around Oslo Cathedral\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFirst consecrated in 1967, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.visitoslo.com\/en\/product\/?tlp=2978413&amp;name=Oslo-Cathedral\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EOslo Cathedral\u003C\/a\u003E is truly a sight to behold. In 1950, the building&rsquo;s interior was restored back to its original baroque style. It is the main church for the Church of Norway Diocese of Oslo and is used for weddings and funerals by the Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government. Oslo Cathedral is just a 15-minute walk from the cruise port and is completely free to visit. During weekdays and every Sunday, the church hosts mass but the building is also used for concerts throughout the year.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EWitness Oslo&rsquo;s Royal Palace\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESee the changing of the guard at Oslo&rsquo;s spectacular \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.visitoslo.com\/en\/product\/?tlp=2983263&amp;name=The-Royal-Palace\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ERoyal Palace\u003C\/a\u003E. Surrounded by the lush grounds of Palace Park, the opulent building is home to HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja. If you&rsquo;re not prepared to fork out &pound;12 for a guided tour of the Royal Palace, the changing of the guard takes place each day at 1.30 pm and is a magnificent sight. If you did opt for the guided your, you&rsquo;ll be taken to see the beautiful staterooms, including the Banqueting Hall, Mirror Hall and King Haakon VII Suite.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca class=\"button\" href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/find-your-cruise?places%5B%5D=Oslo\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan style=\"color:#ffffff\"\u003ESee all featured oSLO cruises\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}],"settings":{"span":"12"}}]}]}],"navigation":[]}"
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