“…is always beautiful.” – Norwegian Proverb
Oslo, although small and easily walkable, is not–even by admission of her own citizens–a city where much thought was given to urban planning. That is changing ever since the stunning new Opera House opened and the waterfront nearby, Aker Brygge, has undergone a dazzling transformation. Even so, it can be overwhelming trying to capture some of its must-see sites in a manageable way. Enter Viator, the global sightseeing and touring company. Their page devoted to Oslo offers myriad options for bus, fjord and walking tours. We opted for the Grand Tour (approx. US$ 75.00 / person) and it was well worth it since it covered a number of attractions on opposite sides of the city that, on our own, we probably could not have covered. We started out mid morning at their pick-up location near City Hall on a more-than-comfortable bus and toured the city’s artistic, cultural and historical sites, with pertinent information provided by our excellent guide, Sandra. From there, the itinerary included :
– Holmenkollen Ski Jump and museum, located northwest of the city;
– Frogner Park and the incredible sculptures of Gustav Vigeland;
– Fram, Viking Ship, and Kon-Tiki Museums; and
– 90 minute, dusk cruise of Oslofjord, which includes enviable photo-capturing you cannot experience on land of the Akershus Fortress, Bygdøy Peninsula and the Opera House.