Oslo Cruises, Norway
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Oslo’s most famous sights are yours for the taking on this trip. It kicks off with a drive towards Holmenkollen Hills, a world-famous ski-jumping area. From here, the views are phenomenal. See the city spread out below you in true toy-town fashion, then lift your gaze to the glassy waters of the Oslofjord. After that, you’ll head for Vigeland Sculpture Park. Famous sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, is the man behind this gigantic outdoor art gallery, which has 200 sculptures plotted across 32 hectares. You’ll have plenty of time to wander through the park, capturing on camera towering human figures carved from stone, bronze and iron. The piece de resistance is undoubtedly the monolith, standing tall at 17 metres. From a distance it just looks like a huge granite block. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the twisted forms of 121 figures.
A walking tour is one of the best ways of getting to grips with a new city. Today, you’ll explore Oslo, Norway’s capital, with an expert guide. The city is sandwiched between forest-cloaked hills and a 100-kilometre-long fjord. It dates back to 1050 AD, and is packed with historical buildings, cosy cafés and modern art galleries. As you follow a path through the streets, passing buildings like the Museum of Contemporary Art, the old military hospital and the concert hall, your guide will fill you in on their histories. One of the day’s highlights is sunny Stortorget – a bustling market square that’s home to the Oslo Cathedral and a statue of King Christian IV. You’ll also journey up the hill to the Royal Castle – the views from here are second to none. Once your walking tour has come to an end, there’ll be time for a visit to the city’s Icebar. As the name suggests, this place is made entirely from frozen water. Even the glasses are frozen. You don’t need to worry about the cold, though – you’ll be dressed in warm clothing before you head into the sub-zero temperatures for a drink.
You take the handlebars on this whistle-stop segway tour, which’ll see you trundling through historic alleyways and rolling past impressive castles. Call in at the Medieval Akershus Fortress, which has doubled as both a palace and a prison. Then, sidle up to the imposing City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place in December. See if you can spot the sculpture of Harald Hardrada, a former King of Norway, on the outer wall. You’ll also make your way down Karl Johan’s Gate – the city’s main street – to meet the pillar-fronted Royal Palace, home to King Harald V. A visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park rounds off the day – it packs in over 200 pieces of art by Gustav Vigeland.