Oslo, Norway Pictures

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Susan Breslow Sardone

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.

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