Norwegian National Ballet and Opera
Cruise Photos of Oslo from Northern Europe Cruise
Oslo, Norway is a popular port of call for many summer northern European and Baltic cruises. It also is an entry point for those flying to Norway for a Hurtigruten cruise of western Norway between Kirkenes and Bergen.
With only 600,000 residents, Oslo is a small European capital, but has many interesting, diverse sites for tourists. Cruise ships usually spend one day in Oslo, and cruise passengers can choose sites rich in history, art, and sports. I have been to Oslo three times and still haven't seen it all, but these 10 suggestions of things to do in Oslo are a good start for visitors. These pictures from Oslo offer a sampling of things to do and see in Oslo with a day in port or an extended stay in the city before or after a cruise vacation.
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The Norwegian National Ballet and Opera in Oslo dominates the harbor. Its designers planned for it to look like a giant iceberg, and I think they succeeded, don't you?
Astrup Fearnley Museum
The Astrup Fearnley museum opening in September 2012 and features a private collection of contemporary art. Many of the works are provocative and conversation-starting.
Sailing into Oslo, Norway on a Cruise Ship
Sitting at the end of a 60-mile long fjord, Oslo is a great port of call. This picture shows the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump on a hill high over the city.
Downtown Oslo, Norway
View of downtown Oslo as seen from the Akershus Fortress near the cruise ship pier.
Oslo City Hall's Twin Towers
The two brick towers of Oslo's City Hall dominate the Oslo skyline.
City Hall in Oslo, Norway
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each December at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway.
Murals on the Inside of the City Hall in Oslo, Norway
The interior of Oslo's City Hall has over 20,000 square feet of colorful murals celebrating Norwegian society.
Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway
Norway's Royal Palace is open for guided tours on certain days during the summer months. Same-day tickets can be purchased at the Post Office in downtown, which is just a short walk from the cruise ship pier. Tickets can also be purchased at the palace, but the number of English-language tours each day is limited.
Ra II Ship in Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway
Thor Heyerdahl sailed the reed boat the Ra II 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in an attempt to prove that Africans could have populated Barbados in the Caribbean.
Kon-Tiki Raft in Oslo, Norway
In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl sailed the Kon-Tiki reed raft over 4,000 miles across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.
Polar Sloop Gjoa at the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Oslo
Roald Amundsen and his crew of six sailed the polar sloop Gjoa to the Northwest Passage in 1903-1906.