The downtown Oslo walk
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The Royal Palace, The Oslo Main Street, Parliament
Activity Level :
A walk through the city center - a part of the city closed for car traffic 20 hours a day. See Akershus Fortress, The Royal Palace, The Parliament Building, The Grand Hotel, The National Theatre and The University.
You will be picked up on the pier and driven to Akershus Fortress – built by King Hakon 5. Magnusson in 1280. From the fortress we have a great view of the Oslo fjord and Aker Brygge, Oslo's main shopping and restaurant area, built in the 1980s.
We´ll walk through the cobblestone pathways inside the fortress area. From the fortress exit we continue to Christiania Market Place, where King Christian 4. after the city fire in 1624 said: "Here we will build our new city." He then commanded the construction of the city, where it was protected by the fortifications. Here you can find Oslo's first town hall. The Christiania part of Oslo is today called "Kvadraturen" – a grid planned area with streets perpendicular to each other and a street width of 12 meters.
We walk 3 blocks north along The Akersgata to Egertorget. Now we are at the top of Oslo's main street, Karl Johans Gate. If you turn your head to the left, you will see The Royal Palace on the horizon - the home of King Harald 5 and Queen Sonja.
We walk towards The Royal Palace and stop in front of The Parliament Building. Here, 169 representatives from all parts of Norway work 9 months a year to govern Norway in the best possible way.
On the other side of the street you will see The Grand Hotel. Here the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize always checks in during his/her stay in Oslo in December. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo City Hall on 10. December every year.
We continue up the street and look at The National Theatre and The University. Then we pop in at The IceBar for refreshments. This bar is built in ice, and where the temperature is -7 degrees.
On the road back to your ship, we walk past The Royal Palace, through a part of The Palace Park, past the State Department and the statue of King Haakon 7. A short walk takes us to the main entrance of Oslo City Hall. From here we go back to the car that will drive you back to the starting point of the trip.
Please note :
Casual clothing is recommended and please wear good shoes. An umbrella is needed if it is a rainy day in Oslo. And bring sun protection on a sunny day.
We´ll pop in for refreshments at the end of the walk. Bring a bottle of cold mineral water on days with high temperatures. On sunny days the Oslo air temperature may be higher than 30°C in the afternoon. In the sun it may be unconfortably hot on these days.
This Tour includes :
Entrance fee and refreshment at IceBar
This Tour does NOT include :
Price for the whole party, not per person
Options (+ or -) may apply and will be calculated at the next step
This Tour is available in the following languages :
Norwegian, English, Deutsch
Kids friendly tour
Kids older than 12 years may come along. Maybe a little long walk for small kids.
Wheelchair friendly tour
You may go with a wheel chair, but the area inside the Akershus Fortress is covered with cobblestone.
Meet your guide :
My name is Dag Vidar Bjelkevik and I´m an authorized Oslo Guide. I have lived in Oslo for 40 years and know the city - both the summer and the winter issue.
This walk shows the main attractions of the downtown area, and gives you a light version of the Oslo history from the city was founded in the Age of the Vikings until today. The area is closed for bus and car traffic 20 hours a day - you may walk in the middle of the roads if you like! It is impossible to access by car and tourist buses - you will have to use your feet to see it.
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