OSLO AND THE OSLOFJORD

Oslo – one of Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Cities in 2018, the capital in Norway and the city of Edvard Munch´s “The Scream”, has it´s own beautiful fjord.

The Oslofjord is not so narrow as the fjords in western Norway. But with it´s many islands and the easy access from the city center, it is a great fjord to experience. Popular things to do are fjord-cruise, guided kayak tours, rib-boat and swimming in the fjord.

 

Season and Safety

Many of the activities and attractions mentioned on this website are open only in summer and are closed in winter. This also applies to many of the roads and accommodations mentioned. Season and opening time will vary. It depends on where it is and what activity, attraction, road and accommodation it is, it usually opens in the summer and closes in the autumn, depending on i.a. the amount of snow and the risk of avalanches in the area. Read more about season, important safety information and your own responsibility…

Visit OSLO

Visit OSLO is the official destination company for Oslo.

FJORDS NORWAY - Bjørvika in Oslo with the National Library, the Oslo Opera and the Munch Museum.
Bjørvika in Oslo with the National Library, the Oslo Opera and the Munch Museum.

Oslo – What to see, what to do and where to eat

By the fjord you have the Opera House, the new Bar Code, Sørenga Seawater Pool, Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen, the Modern Contemporary Astrup Fearnley Museum, the Viking Ship Museum (closed in five years from october 2021 due to rebuilding) among numerous other attractions.

New and popular restaurants “pops” up by the fjord, like Vippa and Sørenga Sjømat (Seafood) together with the well known Lille Herbern in the Oslofjord, Mathallen Food Hall at Grünerløkka and Ekebergrestauranten with it´s beautiful view over Oslo and the Oslofjord.

Fjordlife on the Oslofjord

FJORDS NORWAY - Bjørvika in Oslo with the National Library and the Oslo Opera.
Bjørvika in Oslo with the National Library and the Oslo Opera.

In summer, you can live life to the fullest on the Oslofjord. With an ever-increasing number of activities, everyone can enjoy a day out on the fjord, no matter the budget.

There are several types of Fjord Cruises on the Oslofjord. Sightseeing Cruise, Jazz Cruise and Evening Dinner Cruise are some of them.

If you want to experience the Oslofjord in a way that you will remember the rest of your life, you should join the Floating Sauna KOK Oslo. Swim in the fjord all year round, and then enjoy the hot sauna afterwards.

Green Boats repairs old boats and replaces the old fuel engines with new electric motors. Now you can finally enjoy the fjord, in a calm and sustainable way.

Mad Goats is located in the heart of the bay by the Opera. There you can take an Introduction Course and get Vått Kort, join Guided Kayak Tours in the Akerselva River and on the Oslofjord, or rent a kayak and explore the Oslofjord on your own.

Oslo – Activities and Attractions

FJORDS NORWAY - The Munch Museum "Lambda" at Bjørvika in Oslo.
The Munch Museum “Lambda” at Bjørvika in Oslo.

The Ekeberg Park is the place where Edvard Munch was inspired to paint the world famous “The Scream”. This is close to Ekebergparken Sculpture Park, and is really a must place to visit when you are in Oslo. You can see many of Edvard Munch`s paintings at the National Museum or the Munch Museum, both museums are brand new and opened in the summer 2022.

If you want to see Oslo and the Oslofjord from above, Holmenkollen Ski Jump is the place. Holmenkollen is also one of the starting points for exploring the Nordmarka Forest, a popular place for recreation both summer and winter.

Have we forgotten to mention anything? Yes, of course. There are a million reasons to Visit Oslo. You should also visit the Kon-Tiki Museum and theThe Vigeland Sculpture Park. And of course, don´t forget the shopping.

Oslo is a “small big city” surrounded by beautiful nature and is really worth a visit. And it is a “hub” to other adventures in Norway.

The National Museum in Oslo

FJORDS NORWAY - The National Museum has its own Munch section where, among other artworks, a version of The Scream is exhibited.
The National Museum has its own Munch section where, among other artworks, a version of The Scream is exhibited.

The new National Museum in Oslo opened in the summer of 2022. The National Museum in Oslo is the Nordic region’s largest art museum. The museum has an exhibition area of 10,000 m2 where more than 6,500 works of art are exhibited.

The museum has a separate section with Edvard Munch where the Scream is displayed together with many other works by the world-famous artist.

In addition to the exhibitions, there are also shops, cafés and restaurants at the museum.

The Munch Museum “Lambda” in Oslo

FJORDS NORWAY - Three versions of the famous Scream by Edvard Munch are displayed at the Munch Museum. They appear in turn, they never appear at the same time.
Three versions of the famous Scream by Edvard Munch are displayed at the Munch Museum. They appear in turn, they never appear at the same time.

The new Munch Museum “Lambda”, located in Bjørvika in Oslo, opened in the summer of 2022. In addition to three versions of The Scream (drawing, print and painting), there are as many as 13 floors of Edvard Munch’s art and international exhibitions, music, performance, film, talks and activities for children and young people.

The Munch Museum has cafés, a restaurant and a bar as well as a shop and a research library with literature, letters, diaries, notes, photographs and newspaper clippings that are available for internal and external research.

From Oslo to the Western Fjords

Is it possible to visit the western fjords from Oslo, and spend only one day? I do not have any car, how do I get to the fjords? What fjord in Norway do you recommend to visit? What activities can I do in the fjords?

There are many questions on how, where and how long time you need to experience the Western Fjords from Oslo. Some great fjords to visit are the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord which are branches of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.

You can go there by train. Time to spend, day trip or more. Available all year.

References

The National Museum in Oslo
Munch Museum in Oslo

Accommodation in Oslo

Visit Oslo – Accommodation in Oslo

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Official page for Oslo: Visit Oslo.com
Travel with boat from Kiel in Germany to Oslo: Colorline.com
Visit Oslo: Oslo´s top 10 Attractions

Oslo and the Oslofjord – Map Overview