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“Beautiful Fjord”
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Oslo Fjord
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“Beautiful Fjord”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

We took the ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo and back again. Compared to the famous Sognefjord, Oslo is nicer in my opinion because the beauty is comparable and you are not packed in like sardines with nothing but tourists being obnoxious.

Visited June 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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“Local ferry from Oslo to Drøbak and a bit beyond . . .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

This little ferry (Route 602) sails from in front of the City Hall in Oslo, down Oslofjord, along the coast of Nesodden to Drøbak, a little white town which used to function as an alternative harbour to Oslo in winter when ice covered inner Oslofjord so that the Oslo harbour was innaccessible. This little ferry "Baronessen" stars to sail at weekends around Easter and then most days of the week in high summer, the last trip being in September. In the main holiday season, the ferry goes as far as Son, further south than Drøbak. The ferry calls at many small quays on its way, picking up and setting down passengers as it goes. Many of the islands on the way have holiday cottages, so the Friday evening trip is ideal for people to reach their cottages for the weekend, coming back on Sunday evening. The ferry passes a big island called Håøya on its way, part of which is a nature reserve, although it is permitted to put up tents in a designated area.. Also on the way to Drøbak is the island fortress of Oscarsborg, now no longer a military area but the fortress now houses a museum and a restaurant as well as an hotel and a spa. It is still possible to see the great cannons which sank the "Blücher" in April 1940 and so enabled the king and the government to get out of Oslo and not be captured. Incidentally, "Blücher" is stiull down there, most of the oil still in the ship being taken out some years ago. Oscarsborg holds concerts in the middle of summer, within the fortress. Drøbak is a lovely little town, with its own "Christmas shop" with Christmas decorations and effects to be bought all the year round, and this shops has inspired a Japanese version! There is an attractive small park there too, and on Sankt Hans (23 June) there is a big bonfire down by the shore. Being now classified as a "holiday town", the shops are open on Sundays here, If you don't want to wait for the ferry back to Oslo or want to spend longer in Drøbak, bus 541 runs twice an hour back to Oslo. Personally, I love the journey and take it several times each summer, usually starting with a trip at Easter. There is a great deal to see - small cottages, small marinas, even a "Greek temple" built around 1900 by a businessman who fell in love with Italy and built a holiday cottage. This appeared in a Norwegian silent film around 1915. It was restored about 5 years ago after a long period of neglect. There are many small bathing huts along the shore of Nesodden - each one originally belonging to one of the houses up the hillside. Some of the islands nearer Drøbak have a special way of signalling to the ferry - at the quay there is a signal post, painted white and the angle of the arm attached to the post indicates whether someone wants the ferry to stop or not.
The trip from Oslo to Drøbak takes about 90 minutes. Really well worth a trip - but the ferry journey is popular and if you are a bit late out you may not get a seat on the top deck!

Visited August 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“unique views at the Oslo fjord from aboard”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We were travelling to Oslo from Kiel (Germany) and back (the so called 2-day cruise) in September 2012. Quite often Color Line has offers for this mini-cruise (with or without meals). The ship is a mini-version of a real cruise ship. Along with car decks passengers have a choice of more than 5 restaurants and bars, spa-center, an evening show and even a small Aqualand with swimming pools and sauna.

The ship leaves Kiel at 2 p.m. each day and arrives in Oslo at 9 a.m. next morning. When the weather is nice, there is nothing better than to stare at the sea and enjoy the view.

As for the fjord itself, the best view at it is in the morning on arrival day (pretty early though as it takes about 3-4 hours for the ship to enter or to leave the fjord). I admit we almost missed that one, but at departure time we found a good spot at the sun deck and yes, it was worth it. It was sunny and surprisingly warm that day, but of course windy aboard. So if you have windproof clothes get ready to enjoy the trip:) And get your cameras ready. We were really lucky. Blue skies, green woods and dark cliffs. It was amazing.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank Tatiana F
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Ripley, United Kingdom
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“Bus on water”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

We went for a ride on the service 92/93 around the Oslo area, calling at numerous little landing stages as the locals went about their daily business. This was a fascinating way to see Oslo, and also to see how life is completely controlled by the water

Visited March 2013
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Faro, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

It´s really great in the summer to go for a beer in the evening. There are many nice places. I also reccomed you to go for a boat trip in the summer to see the midnight sun.

Visited June 2012
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