Akershus Castle was the last stop we made from the Hop On Hop Off bus tour for our one day in Oslo during our cruise. Since it is located literally adjacent to the cruise ship we knew we could tour the castle and get onboard the ship without difficulty. From our cruise ship I was able to take pictures of the grounds so I was anxious to visit the castle in person. The entrance through the massive stone wall is extremely close to the cruise ship.
The grounds are very steep with lots of cobblestone steps and stairs to get high up upon the walls overlooking the harbor. However, it was worth every step. Unfortunately, the castle was closed except for weekends during the fall (we arrived in September during a weekday). We were able to go (free of charge) through the exhibits, see the changing of the guard, and get a historic perspective of the size and scope of Akershus Castle and its role in Norway's past. Do not miss the opportunity to visit.
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