Oslo Cruises

Oslo is the oldest and least populous capital in Scandinavia. The city offers superb theatres, great cafés, and excellent shopping as well as churches, palaces, parks and museums befitting of a capital. The warm, welcoming atmosphere of a small village. A spectacular setting of fjord and forested hill. Oslo really is a wonderful place to explore.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Ice Bar & City Walking Tour

    Take a leisurely walk around the highlights of Oslo followed by a drink in a unique bar made totally from ice.

    Ice Bar & City Walking Tour

    As you stroll past historical buildings, cosy cafés and art galleries, your knowledgeable guide will provide an interesting commentary of the history of Oslo.

    On arrival at ‘Stortorget’, the big market square, you’ll see the dramatic Oslo Cathedral and the statue of King Christian IV, pointing to where the town should be rebuilt. Heading along Karl Johans Gate, you will pass the Parliament of Norway and the original University of Oslo buildings from 1811, before reaching the Royal Palace. Finally, you will stroll towards the City Hall with its two impressive towers and a building adorned with statues and artwork of various kind.

    The highlight is a visit to ‘Icebar Oslo’, where you will be provided with warm clothing before entering the -5°C bar. Everything including the walls, bar counter, furniture and artwork is made from 60 tons of solid ice. Enjoy a drink served in an ice glass while you view the ice art in this unique surrounding, before taking a leisurely walk back to the port.


    This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking over mostly flat ground with some uneven terrain and several steps. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please dress according to the weather and carry a bottle of water. This tour will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. Wind and rain are not considered extreme.

    Tour code

    OSL_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Norwegian Explorers

    Discover the spirit of Norwegian explorers through the ages, at three of Norway's most fascinating museums.

    Norwegian Explorers

    As you travel to Bygdøy, you will pass some of Oslo's main landmarks including the City Hall, National Theatre and Royal Residence. Bygdøy, once the King's private property, is now partly laid out as a museum area, you'll stop here for a guided visit to three interesting museums; Viking Ship, Kon-Tiki and Fram.

    The Viking Ship Museum contains well preserved Viking ships, which are an excellent example of the Viking period's daring initiative and ship building craftsmanship. The museum also houses a collection of household implements found during the excavations of the ships and a Viking Age display which includes sledges, beds, a horse cart, wood carvings, buckets and other artefacts.

    The Kon-Tiki Museum houses original boats and exhibits from Thor Heyerdahl’s world famous expeditions to Ra, Tigris, Fatu-Hiva, Kon-Tiki, and Easter Island. It also has a 100 foot cave tour, cinema and an underwater exhibition containing a life-size 33 foot whale shark.

    The Fram Museum shows the history of the polar explorers, including Nansen's journey across the Polar ocean, Sverdrup's expedition to Greenland and Amundsens journey to the South Pole. There are exhibits displaying animals from the Polar region and the world's most famous polar ship, the Fram, built in 1892. The Fram is in its original condition with its interior and objects perfectly preserved.


    Note:This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Fram ship is not wheelchair accessible. There are souvenir shops at the museums.

    Tour code

    OSL_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Oslo by Segway

    Do something a little bit different and discover the city of Oslo by Segway.

    Oslo by Segway

    A short walk takes you to your awaiting segway, where after a training session your instructor will lead you on an enjoyable ride through the city of Oslo.

    Together with your segway, you’ll journey past some of the city’s landmarks including the Opera House, the Oslo Cathedral and the Parliament Building.

    Continue riding along the main pedestrian street Karl Johans gate to view the National Theatre, the Royal Palace, City Hall and the Akershus Fortress and the city’s oldest quarter Kvadraturen.

    A wonderful experience, not to be missed!


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by segway and on foot. This tour carries a weight restriction of minimum seven stone and maximum 18 stone. Children under the age of 16 and pregnant women may not participate. The tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition; it is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. The tour will operate in all weather conditions; guests are advised to wear a waterproof jacket. Helmets are provided and must be worn. Guests are required to sign a waiver prior to the start of the tour.

    Tour code

    OSL_028

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 hours

  • The Christmas Spirit of Drøbak

    Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as you wander around the charming town of Drøbak and shop for special festive gifts.

    The Christmas Spirit of Drøbak

    Explore the small picturesque town of Drøbak, with its narrow streets and beautifully restored 18th century wooden houses. Local law protects Drøbak, due to its significant cultural value, therefore much of the city centre looks like it did 100 years ago.

    Feel the festive cheer of this decorated town as you visit the Christmas House, Scandinavia’s only permanent Christmas shop. The Christmas House has a range of Christmas articles such as candles, tablecloths, angels, dolls, decorations etc. You’ll also find that it has its own Post Office, where you can stamp your letters or cards with their official Christmas stamp mark.

    Drøbak also boasts art galleries, small shops, a saltwater aquarium, museums and a quaint market square to occupy your time. If you prefer a more leisurely afternoon then you may choose to sit back and absorb the local atmosphere over a coffee and waffle in one of the restaurants or enjoy the lovely views over the Oslofjord.

    Complete your tour with a short orientation of Oslo, before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey involves several tunnels. There are some steep slopes and uneven surfaces to reach the residential area, as well as approximately 20 steps to negotiate at the Christmas House. Walking is at guests’ own discretion. Guests are advised that the small shops are popular in December so queues may be experienced. There is approximately 1½ hours’ free time in Drøbak. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended. This excursion is extremely popular therefore booking early is recommended

    Tour code

    OSL_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Charming Drøbak

    Visit the charming town of Drøbak, with its narrow streets and beautifully restored 18th century wooden houses

    Charming Drøbak

    Sit back and relax on board your coach as you journey to the small, picturesque town of Drøbak. Supported by the timber industry and shipping in the 1700s, Drøbak was later granted Trading Charter rights in 1842, allowing it to act as the winter harbour for Oslo, when the fjord froze and vessels couldn't reach the capital. Today the town pays well-preserved homage to the past by boasting tiny wooden houses and charming narrow streets. Strict local laws mean that many original buildings from the town’s heyday still exist, and much of the city centre looks as it did more than a century ago.

    Upon arrival, a short guided walking tour will allow you to become acquainted with the town, which today is well-known for its many small arts and crafts galleries. Drøbak is also often referred to as 'The Christmas Town' due to its famous year round Christmas shop, which collects the thousands of letters written every year to Julenisse (Santa Claus). During your free time, take the opportunity to shop ahead for those special festive gifts in Scandinavia’s only permanent Christmas store. You may also choose to browse the market square stalls, purchase souvenirs in the small shops and galleries, or relax over a coffee in one of the cosy cafés.

    Afterwards, head back to Olso where a stop will be made at Vigeland Sculpture Park, displaying 200 sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland in granite, bronze and wrought iron. The artist never explained his works, leaving the interpretation to the beholder


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate.

    Tour code

    OSL_026

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Oslo by Bike

    Cycle the pretty streets of Oslo for a unique view of the city.

    Oslo by Bike

    There’s a kind of freedom that comes with being on a bike. Especially when you’re exploring a city that’s new to you. There’s a discovery around each corner and surprises in store anywhere you look.

    A short walk from the pier brings you to the biking centre, where after being issued with your bike and helmet and following a safety briefing it’s time to head off. What’s nice about this tour is that you get to see a bit of everything. Oslo, old and new. Car-free cycle paths, pristine, manicured parks and charming, hidden back streets where you’ll get to see the real Oslo. You’ll even venture out along the fjord with its truly spectacular scenery.

    Along the way, your guide will explain the fascinating history behind key landmarks, such as the medieval castle, the Royal Palace and the world-famous Vigeland Sculpture Park.

    Afterwards, you’re free to explore Oslo on foot at your own pace, or walk directly back to the pier.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by bike and on foot. Pregnant women and children are not permitted to participate on this tour. The cycle ride is around 2½ hours over varying terrain, and includes some hills and steep inclines. Participants must be in good physical condition and some cycling experience is required. Please wear clothing suitable for bike riding and take sunscreen. Helmets are provided which must be worn.

    Tour code

    OSL_025

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Oslo on Foot

    This walking tour unveils many of Oslo’s famous sites, including the Nobel Peace Centre.

    Oslo on Foot

    Cradled between forest-clad hills with a number of islands spread out in the fjord, Oslo is a vibrant city centred around a harbour and guarded by a castle. This is an eclectic place of traditional timber houses, stately Neoclassical buildings and the latest in modern architecture.

    In 1624, the town was completely destroyed by fire and King Christian IV decided to rebuild the city under the walls of the fortress of Akershus. Your walking tour starts here, passing the statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the modern landmark of the City Hall.

    Take a closer look at the National Theatre and the Royal Palace, before turning down the main street, Karl Johan and passing the University of Oslo and the Ibsen Museum. Visit the Nobel Peace Centre, inaugurated in 2005, whose mission is to keep the spirit of Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament alive.


    This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking over various terrains and including lots of steps. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please dress according to the weather and carry a bottle of water. This tour will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. Wind and rain are not considered extreme.

    Tour code

    OSL_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Scenic Oslofjord Cruise

    Sit back and enjoy the scenery and beautiful islands of the Oslofjord, whilst savouring the fresh flavour of local shrimps.

    Scenic Oslofjord Cruise

    Oslo, with its superb location, offers unique opportunities on and around its fjord which stretches almost into the city centre. Discover the Oslofjord scenery on a traditional wooden boat, fully restored to its former glory. You’ll sail past numerous islands, including Hovedøya and the Dyna Lighthouse, through narrow inlets and into sheltered bays so that you can capture the capital on camera from different angles.

    The boat passes close to the peninsula of Bygdøy, housing many interesting museums as well as beaches such as Huk Bay. See the Maritime Museum and the impressive Fram Museum, housing the polar ship of the same name.

    As you sail past the interesting sights enjoy a refreshing drink whilst you savour the taste of a delicious Norwegian fresh shrimp buffet.


    This excursion will operate by traditional wooden boat. Please be advised that there will be a short walk of 300 yards to join the boat. The boat has a short steep gangway and steep steps to reach the onboard toilets, however there is a handrail. A jacket, hat and comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. A warm waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, and flat, non-slip shoes are recommended as it can get chilly on the deck.

    Tour code

    OSL_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Leisurely Oslo

    Enjoy a leisurely drive around the main sights of Oslo.

    Leisurely Oslo

    Your leisurely drive will take you past the 13th century Akershus Fortress, which is part museum and part military area, before turning towards the City Hall. The City Hall, inaugurated in 1950 at Oslo's 900 year jubilee, hosts the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony every year and is one of Oslo's most famous buildings after its expressionist architecture won it the 'Structure of the Century' title in 2005. You will pass the eclectic Parliament of Norway building before proceeding down Karl Johan Street, named after the 19th century Swedish-Norwegian king, towards the prestigious University of Oslo, which was established in 1811.

    View the impressive Royal Palace, built in 1849, which is the residence of the Royal Family. Carry on past the granite and wrought iron gates of the Vigeland Sculpture Park and begin the climb up Holmenkollen Hill. Perched high above Oslo, Holmenkollen is the cradle of ski jumping and the site of the 1952 Olympic ski jumping competition. On clear days, there are impressive views to parts of the town and the Oslofjord with its many islands.

    Returning towards the town centre, drive down the busy 'Bogstad-veien' with its many shops, and continue along the Royal Park passing the House of Artists, and down to 'Stortorget' - the big market square, where you also find the Dutch baroque architecture of Oslo Cathedral, built in 1697, before returning to the port.


    This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach.

    Tour code

    OSL_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Oslo Highlights

    Enjoy a drive around the city's highlights before visiting the fascinating Vigeland Sculpture Park and Viking Ship Museum.

    Oslo Highlights

    Departing from the base of the Akershus Castle and Fortress, your guide will provide an interesting commentary as you pass the modern landmarks of the City Hall, Parliament, National Theatre, the Royal Residence and up to the Holmenkollen Hills, for excellent views over parts of the city and the Oslofjord.

    A stop will be made at the Vigeland Sculpture Park, for an interesting guided walk around the fascinating 'wonder-world' of human figures in stone, iron and bronze. The artist, Gustav Vigeland, never explained these works, leaving the interpretation to each beholder.

    Leaving the Park, you will head towards the peninsula of Bygdøy, for a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Here you will see the incredible craftsmanship of Viking ships. The 'Gokstad' is a classic Viking ship, while the 'Oseberg', which was dug out in 1904, is richly adorned and was probably used as a pleasure boat. The Museum holds a collection of sleds, implements and gold and silver jewellery found with the ships.

    Afterwards, travel past the pleasure boat harbour and glimpse the charming, little castle 'Oscarshall, built in the 19th century by the Swedish-Norwegian King, Oscar I.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Viking Ship Museum is a popular attraction and can get crowded. There is approximately one hour of walking including several steps in Vigeland Park. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The journey may involve two tunnels.

    Tour code

    OSL_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours