Active Norway Oslo Sightseeing Walks

2.  Bydøy Museums (Oslo Pass suggested for this tour)
From central Oslo, we’ll walk past the Oslo City Hall and to the harbor where we will catch the boat to the Bydøy
Peninsular with its many fine museums. After disembarking, we will walk about 10 minutes to the Viking Ship
Museum for an inside tour to see Viking Ships and artifacts dating back to the 800's.

Afterwards, we will walk 20 minutes through one of the most upscale areas of Oslo to the Museums at
Bygdøynes, where we’ll first go into the Norwegian Maritime Museum to rest our feet and watch the spectacular
multi-screen film that gives a bird eye’s view of Norway’s incredible coastline. Then, an orientation will be given
about Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Museum as well as the Fram Museum with the polar ship that both
Amundsen and Nansen used. Group members will then visit these museums at their leisure and make their own
way back to downtown Oslo with the nearby ferry. If group members have the Oslo Card, they can do this tour in
the morning and use the afternoon to visit those museums that interest them in central Oslo

Time: ca. 3 hours with guide if group makes their own way back to Oslo.

4.  The Akers River and Grünerløkka walk
From downtown Oslo, we’ll walk through Norway’s most exclusive cemetery, Æreslunden, where such notables
as Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch are buried. Then we pass the oldest building in Oslo, the 10th Century
Gamle Aker Church and to the Akers River.

As we walk along a riverside park, we’ll see evidence of Akers River’s historic importance in Oslo’s development.
This river powered flour mills in the 1300s, sawmills in the 1500s and textile factories in the 1800s. We’ll make
our way up to the top of some impressive falls. Then on to the nearby Grünerløkka district, Oslo’s largest
planned community which was built in the late 1800s to house workers from the factories along the Akers River.
A slum area as late as the 1980s, Grünerløkka is today a trendy area full of cafés and restaurants. From
Grünerløkka, it is about a 20-miunte walk back to downtown Oslo.

This entire walk is paved, but there are some steep portions of this walk and it is the most difficult of the tours
listed here.

Time: 2-3 hours

* * *     Group members should have good walking shoes for all tours along with rain protection. For daytime
walks in warm weather, water should be brought along.

* * *        Tours will be conducted by an experienced authorized Oslo guide.

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Parliament (Stortinget), the National Theatre and the Grand Hotel.
When we reach the Oslo Cathedral we’ll veer off of Karl Johansgate
national landmarks, such as the Royal Palace, the Norwegian
Parliament (Stortinget), the National Theatre and the Grand Hotel.
and make our way to the old Christiania section of Oslo, dating back
to the 1620s. Then up to the ramparts of the 12th century Akershus
Fortress for a great view of Oslo. From the ramparts we will walk
down to Oslo’s harbor and the impressive Oslo City Hall.

Time: ca. 2-3 hours
3.  Vigeland Park and downtown walk
Downtown walk past central sights to a subway station where the
group will ride to the Majorstua Station. Short walk to the Vigeland
Sculpture Park for a leisurely tour of the famous bronze and
granite statutes. After the tour, the group will take the trolley car
down to harbor and the Aker Brygge wharf.

This tour works very well in the early evening when we can see the
Vigeland Park without all the daytime tourists. The Aker Brygge
wharf with its many restaurants is a great place to end the tour at
dinner time.

Time: 2 hours with just the Vigeland Park, ca 3-4 hours with
downtown sightseeing included.