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Cruises to Oslo

Oslo (Photo:Anna Jedynak/Shutterstock)
Oslo (Photo:Anna Jedynak/Shutterstock)

About Oslo

Compared with other Scandinavian capitals, Oslo is a cozy, somewhat provincial city. Fewer tourists come here than, say, Copenhagen, but that doesn't mean tourists won't find plenty that delights. Located on the Aker River at the head of the Oslo Fjord, Norway's capital has modern architecture, hundreds of lakes, lots of parks, world-class museums and public statues nearly everywhere (including a lot of notoriously naked ones).

Oslo covers 175 square miles within its city limits and ranks as one of the world's largest capitals. However, with a population of 600,000, it is the least densely populated capital city in Europe. Norway was once part of Denmark and later part of Sweden, and many of Oslo's buildings -- including the Royal Palace and House of Parliament -- stem from Swedish rule. The country became independent in 1905. Later, Norway was occupied by German forces for five years during World War II (the Nazi history is something Norwegians are now willing to talk about, which may be of particular interest to World War II buffs). Traveling there, you'll notice the high standard of living (and that things aren't exactly cheap). It's so expensive, in fact, that many Norwegians go to Sweden to shop. Still, Norway is one of the richest countries in the world, thanks in no small part to its North Sea offshore oil.

Oslo residents are big on nature and proud of their pristine forests and fjord. For cruise passengers, the ship's approach and departure through the Oslo Fjord provide fine views of the natural scenery and small fishing villages. Cameras ready!

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DAY 1: Copenhagen

12 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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Copenhagen
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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53 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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New York
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Southampton
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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14 Night
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Celebrity Cruises
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10 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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Norwegian Cruise Line
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12 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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Reykjavik
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Oceania Cruises
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26 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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Fort Lauderdale
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Princess Cruises
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11 Night
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Copenhagen
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Princess Cruises
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14 Night
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MSC Cruises
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10 Night
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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9 Night
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Southampton
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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17 Night
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Copenhagen
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Holland America Line
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7 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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Dover
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Cruise Line:
Disney Cruise Line
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14 Night
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Rostock
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MSC Cruises
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8 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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Southampton
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Princess Cruises
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26 Night
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Copenhagen
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26 Night
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New York
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Oceania Cruises
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21 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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Bergen
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Viking Ocean Cruises
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Amsterdam
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Holland America Line
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Copenhagen
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10 Night
Cruise to Oslo

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Silversea Cruises
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Why go to Oslo?

Pros:

Visitors will find a plethora of parks, museums and scenic lakes

Cons:

The weather can vary significantly on any given day; layers are essential

Bottom Line:

Oslo is a nice change from some of the more remote ports on Norway itineraries

Oslo Cruise Port Facilities?

At the cruise ship terminal, there are souvenir shops, a coffee shop and a tourist information booth that offers free maps and sightseeing tours. The terminal has Wi-Fi and a currency exchange.

Good to Know?

The weather in Oslo can vary a lot in a single day. It's best to dress in layers and carry an umbrella. (The rainiest month is August.)

Getting Around?

By Foot: This is an easy place to go it on foot. If you want to wander farther afield, say to the Munch Museum or Holmenkollen Ski Jump, it is very easy to follow the bus/tram/subway system. Ticket kiosks accept local coins or credit cards.

By Car: Taxis are available just outside the pier area and throughout the city. Drivers generally speak English, but conversational skills may vary. All taxis accept credit cards but typically do not accept foreign currency.

By Bus: There is a hop-on, hop-off bus service that departs every 30 minutes from the cruise terminal. The buses are red double-deckers, and they have multilingual narration and free Wi Fi. They accept credit cards and any major currency.

By Boat: There is a ferry service (Ferry No. 91 at Pier 3) that takes passengers to the Bygdoy peninsula, which houses the well-regarded Viking Ship, Kon-Tiki and Fram museums, among others. The ferry ride takes 10-15 minutes.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). The cheapest way to get money is to use your debit card at one of the plenty of ATMs. For updated currency-conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Language?

Norwegian, though most folks speak English.

Where You're Docked?

The city features two cruise ship docks, and both are centrally located on either side of the Akershus Fortress. They are within easy walking distance of downtown attractions and Oslo's exciting harborfront. The most you'll have to walk is 20 minutes (if you are at the closest dock, you are about five minutes from City Hall).


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Destinations
  • 2015 Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Destinations

Oslo Cruise Reviews

Regal Princess
Kikcruising
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Loved Oslo and Norway. Walked around town and took a tram to Vigeland Park. Amazing city! Didn’t have time to go into any museums but would love to n one day... Read More
Sapphire Princess
Pinksian1981
Sail Date: Apr 2019
What a beautiful city. We took a small ferry from the port over to where all the museums are and took the children to the Viking ship museum. It didn’t take long to look around (there are lots of museums in this... Read More
MoniCz
Sail Date: Jun 2019
We bought the Oslo card and used public transportation to get to where we wanted to go.... Read More
Regal Princess
inashaver
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Walked into town and it was the way to see Oslo.... Read More
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