Oslo, Norway Pictures

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    Norwegian National Ballet and Opera

    Norwegian National Ballet and Opera in Oslo
    Norwegian National Ballet and Opera (c) Linda Garrison

    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?

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    National Gallery

    National Gallery
    National Gallery (c) Linda Garrison
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    Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel
    Grand Hotel (c) Linda Garrison
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    Parliament Building

    Parliament Building
    Parliament Building (c) Linda Garrison
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    Astrup Fearnley Museum

    Astrup Fearnley Museum
    Astrup Fearnley Museum (c) Linda Garrison

    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.

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    Aker Brygge

    Aker Brygge
    Aker Brygge (c) Linda Garrison

    This modern area is a good place to shop, dine, or enjoy a drink.

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    Nobel Peace Center

    Nobel Peace Center in Oslo
    Nobel Peace Center (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sailing into Oslo, Norway on a Cruise Ship

    Oslo, Norway Harbor with the Holmenkollen Ski Jump Overlooking the City
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    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.

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    Downtown Oslo, Norway

    Downtown Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    View of downtown Oslo from the cruise ship pier.

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    Downtown Oslo, Norway

    View of downtown Oslo as seen from the Akershus Fortress near the cruise ship pier.
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    View of downtown Oslo as seen from the Akershus Fortress near the cruise ship pier.

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    Oslo City Hall's Twin Towers

    Oslo City Hall's Twin Towers
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The two brick towers of Oslo's City Hall dominate the Oslo skyline.

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    Akershus Fortress in Oslo, Norway

    Akershus Fortress in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Fountain in Oslo, Norway

    Fountain in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Fountain near City Hall in Oslo, Norway

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    City Hall in Oslo, Norway

    City Hall in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each December at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway.

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    Murals on the Inside of the City Hall in Oslo, Norway

    Murals on the Inside of the City Hall in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The interior of Oslo's City Hall has over 20,000 square feet of colorful murals celebrating Norwegian society.

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    Oslo Street Scene

    Oslo Street Scene
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    University in Oslo, Norway

    University in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway

    Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    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.

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    Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway

    Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Royal Palace Guard in Oslo, Norway

    Royal Palace Guard in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo

    Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Oslo's Holmenkollen Ski Jump

    Oslo's Holmenkollen Ski Jump
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo

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    View of Oslofjord from Top of Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo

    View of Oslofjord from Top of Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo
    Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ski Jumper's View of the Holmenkollen

    Ski Jumper's View of the Holmenkollen
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Oslo Fjord in Norway

    Oslo Fjord in Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    View of the Norwegian Countryside from the Top of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump

    View of the Norwegian countryside from the top of the Holmenkollen ski jump
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Oslo's Frogner Park with Vigeland Sculptures

    Oslo's Frogner Park with Vigeland Sculptures
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Vigeland's Angry Boy (Sinnatagen) Statue in Frogner Park, Oslo

    Vigeland's Angry Boy (Sinnatagen) Statue in Frogner Park, Oslo
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Vigeland Statue in Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway

    Vigeland Statue in Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Oslo, Norway - Vigeland Statue in Frogner Park

    Oslo, Norway Picture of Vigeland Statue in Frogner Park
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Vigeland Statue in Frogner Park Near Oslo, Norway

    Vigeland Statue in Frogner Park Near Oslo, Norway
    Cruise Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Exterior of the Viking Museum in Oslo, Norway

    Exterior of the Viking Museum in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway

    Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway

    Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ra II Ship in Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway

    Ra II Ship in Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    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.

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    Kon-Tiki Raft in Oslo, Norway

    Kon-Tiki Raft in Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl sailed the Kon-Tiki reed raft over 4,000 miles across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

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    Polar Sloop Gjoa at the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Oslo

    Polar Sloop Gjoa at the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Oslo
    Oslo Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Roald Amundsen and his crew of six sailed the polar sloop Gjoa to the Northwest Passage in 1903-1906.