10Best: Oslo Makes A Terrific Cruise Stopover

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    Visiting Oslo on a Cruise Stopover

    Visiting Oslo as part of a cruise stopover? From the Royal Palace and Oslo art museums to its shopping districts and ultra modern harbor architecture, here are five must-see attractions all located within easy walking distance of Oslo Cruise Terminal, making it possible to take in Oslo’s sights in just one afternoon.

    Photo courtesy of Tjook

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    Norway's Parliament on Karl Johans Gate

    Walk directly north-east of the cruise terminal and you’ll find yourself on Karl Johans Gate, Oslo’s main shopping street, a mostly pedestrian avenue of high street stores and landmarks that includes Norway’s House of Parliament, Stortinget, at no. 22.

    Photo courtesy of Laszlo Ilyes

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    Oslo's Kongelige Slott (Royal Palace)

    Oslo’s 19th-century Royal Palace is located at the very end of Karl Johans Gate, in the midst of a leafy public park that includes a lake. A number of palace rooms are open to the public during summer only. 

    Photo courtesy of Laszlo Ilyes

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    Opera House, Oslo

    A short walk from Oslo’s Central Train Station on the waterfront, Oslo Opera House was opened in 2008 and is home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. It is the largest cultural building constructed in Norway in the last 700 years.

    Photo courtesy of Ole 1981

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    Aker Brygge waterfront

    Aker Brygge, on the opposite side of the harbor from the cruise terminal, is Oslo’s newest development – a shopping and residential complex buzzing with life and bright new architectural forms. The restaurants and cafes in this area are generally more expensive than elsewhere in the city, however.

    Photo courtesy of Arne Krueger

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    Oslo Museum of Contemporary Art

    Not far from the cruise terminal on the other side of the embankments of Akershus Slott are several important art museums, one of which is the Museet for Samtidskunst (contemporary art), housed in the old Bank of Norway building. On the next block is the Nasjonalmuseet for Arkitektur, or Architectural Museum.

    Photo courtesy of Dalbera

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    Kon Tiki Museet, Oslo Harbor

    You'll have to catch a bus or a boat (runs April-October) to reach the Kon-Tiki Museet out on the western Bygdøy waterfront, but anyone who was enthralled by the recent movie Kon-Tiki (Norway's bid for an Oscar) will jump at the chance to see the actual reed boats used by legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl on his epic journey across the Pacific. 

    Photo courtesy of Michael Hanisch

About Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant there's no shortage of taste testers for her traditional Danish cuisine – or excuses for missing out on the country's vast array of family-friendly activities. Armed with diapers, stroller and snowsuits, Jane continues to find art and culture wherever she goes.

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