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 Akerselv 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
Time: 2-3 hours
5. Walk and kayak the full length of the Akerselv River
The Akerselv River has always been important to Oslo. In years past it role was to power industry. Today it
functions as a winding park and green lung for the city. The river is just shy of 10k long and up until recently it
was not possible to follow it all the way to the fjord because of a long tunnel by the harbor. Now it is possible to
walk and kayak the full length of the river.
This tour starts in the morning. We start by taking a bus to Lake Maridal, the source of the river and then we
walk about 7k passing by forest, water falls and old redbrick factories to the Vulcan Food Hall. After a break for
refreshments, you'll kayak the last 3k of the River with a tour organized by Mad Goats and end up by the Oslo
* * * 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.
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
Time: 2 hours with just the Vigeland Park, ca 3-4 hours with
downtown sightseeing included.
1. Downtown and Harbor Walk
This walking tour will show you the major sights in Oslo’s compact
downtown and harbor area. We’ll walk up Oslo’s main parade street,
Karl Johansgate, and see the Oslo Cathedral, the Norwegian
Parliament and the Royal Palace. Just off of Karl Johansgate is the Oslo
City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded and the National
Theatre where Henrik Ibsen’s plays are still produced.
We’ll walk along Oslo’s central harbor area which has been a major
urban renewal success. We’ll see old dockyard that have been
converted into a trendy public area. The crown jewel of the new harbor
area is the Oslo Opera House from 2008. We’ll walk up its Carrara
marble clad sloping roof, which looks like a glacier sliding into the Oslo
Overlooking the harbor is the Akershus Fortress - the oldest part dates
back to 1299. We’ll walk through this undefeated fortress (the Swedes
attacked it numerous times without success) and enter into old
Christiania from the 1600’s.
Time: ca. 3- 4 hours