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Oslo Bygdøy Neighborhood Tour

Cross by boat to this museum-rich peninsula for views of the city and to appreciate Norway’s seafaring past
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Anyone who loves ships and the sea – as well as those who want an understanding of Norwegian history and how bound it is to the sea... more »

Tips:  In winter, when daylight is short, museum hours shorten, as well. Be sure to check opening and closing times in case you need to... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Boat Trip on Oslo Fjord

A boat ride is a good introduction to this tour that recalls Norway’s many links to the sea, and it’s also the fastest way to get to Bygdøy. Ferries shuttle back and forth among the islands in Oslofjord, and to the Bygdøy neighborhood, which sits on a peninsula opposite the harbor. The ride takes about 15 minutes, and is a mini harbor tour, with ... More

Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 voyage across the Pacific Ocean on the reed raft Kon-Tiki continues to fascinate, and this museum houses the original boat, brilliantly displayed in a plastic sea so it can be viewed from “underwater” as well as from the top. Following up his dramatic Kon Tiki crossing, Heyerdahl made further expeditions on the reed boats Ra ... More

3. Frammuseet (Fram Museum)

A complete makeover has turned this museum into an interactive experience that combines the actual ship Fram – the polar ship used by Fridtjof Nansen on three important expeditions to the North and South poles between 1893 and 1912 – with beautifully designed models, replicas and displays that bring the expeditions to life. The Fram holds the... More

4. Norsk Maritimt Museum (Maritime Museum)

From the time of the Vikings, Norwegian history has revolved around the sea, and this beautiful museum overlooking the fjord explores that past with exhibits relating to fishing, trade and passenger vessels, sea explorations, navigation and marine art. As one might expect from Norway’s long reliance on the sea, ship and boat building is a major... More

A former village post office is now a combination antiques shop and café, where the tables, chairs and dishes are all for sale. The menu offers soups, salads, sandwiches, cakes and drinks. Prefer to have a picnic outdoors? Call one hour in advance and Cafe Hemma Hos will prepare a picnic lunch for you to pick up. Along with all sorts of table and ... More

Three Viking ships, two of them in a remarkable state of preservation, are displayed in a purpose-built space that allows visitors to view them from above and below. The ships, recovered from burial mounds along the Oslo Fjord, were previously working ships that had been outfitted with fine tapestries and other decorations and interred along with ... More