Charming Drøbak

  • Port

    Oslo, Norway

  • Activity level

    moderate

  • Activity type

    TBC

  • Wheelchair accessible

    NO

  • Price per adult

    from

    USD65 per person

  • Minimum age

    12

  • Duration

    4.5 Hours

  • Meals included

    Yes

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 around 200 sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland in granite, bronze and wrought iron. The artist never explained his works, leaving the interpretation to the beholder