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Seeing Oslo on our own

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Seeing Oslo on our own

We are from the US and will be arriving on a Princess cruise ship on September 21th, 2006. In the past in other cities we have been able to go the the city information center and find arrangements for a narrated "English" city tour. Is it possible to do this in Oslo? Is enough English spoken for us to get around on our own? Is this advisable? What is the distance from the cruise dock to the information center and are cabs or buses available. We are mainly interested in seeing the city in general. Is US currency OK?

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1. Re: Seeing Oslo on our own

To get an overview, check this website:

http://www.visitoslo.com/indexe/

You will find information about most of your questions there.

Re. currency: Dollars might be accepted in some typical tourist shops. The currency of Norway is Norwegian Kroner (NOK), which is necessary for having a meal, a drink, train or bus ticket etc.

Taxis are most probably available when the cruise ship docks in Oslo.

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2. Re: Seeing Oslo on our own

Look at the map here: http://www.oslopanoramakart.no/

You will most likely dock at the same place as the cruise ship you see at the bottom of the map. If you look closely, you'll see the turist information marked with a green "i" behind the Rådhus (City Hall). That's a 5-10 minute walk from the ship. From there to the Royal Castle is another 5-10 minute walk.

visitoslo.com/Tourist-Information-Offices/

There is a Hop on - Hop Off sightseeing bus that stops at the cruise terminal. It might be the easiest solution, but you will find it very easy to get around to the major sights on your own using public transportation. I would assume they have some kind of english audio guide, but since they don't mention that at the web site, I can't say for sure.

http://www.citysightseeing.net/

Almost everyone speaks English.

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3. Re: Seeing Oslo on our own

Hi

Good to know that taxis, shops and restaurants in Oslo take creditcards and only place were tips are expected are at restaurants. So cash is usually not needed.

There is a infocenter next to the Nobel Peace center a five minute walk from were your ship docks.

Go there and they will help with the rest.

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4. Re: Seeing Oslo on our own

Generally, Norwegians don't expect tips. Usually some are given at restaurants. In shops you may find a glass or box to put small change, this may go to the RedCross, salvation Army or similar organizations, in pubs or bars a beerglass is not unusual to pu small change for the bartenders. No tipping in taxis, hotels, hairdressers

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