Norway is an incredible country, whether you’re culturally inclined or an outdoor enthusiast. With its astonishing natural landscape and historic waterfront towns, a sail down the Oslofjord can cater for both. Drop in at unique settlements along the shore as you travel through the waters that connect the capital to the open sea – this is a trip that showcases the best Norway has to offer.
Oslo in itself has some pretty stand-out attractions that you won’t want to miss, but if your time is limited and you’re looking to narrow down your selection, we recommend that a sail down the Oslofjord remains at the top of the list. Here are a few of the sights you can expect along the way:
Located on the fjord’s eastern shore, Fredrikstad is a favourite among tourists taking a ferry ride. A small city with a Medieval feel and a star-shaped network of waterways running through it, it is home to a grand 16th century castle and fortifications, built to defend the country in the war against Sweden. The city has plenty of other points of interest – including the country’s smallest museum, the Humour Museum – so hop off and explore one of Scandinavia’s best-preserved settlements.
Next stop, Halden! The Halden Canal, part of the Halden Watercourse, is one of Norway’s finest historical monuments so it’s definitely worth a visit. An idyllic little town nestled down the southeast end of the fjord, it features cobblestone streets, cosy restaurants and river promenades where you can while away the hours quite happily.
Stop off at Borre if you’re a fan of Bronze Age warriors the Vikings: the town has collection of twenty-one small and seven large burial mounds to its name. Constructed between the 7th and 10th centuries, the mounds now form part of a designated national park and visitor centre, making it the perfect location for a history lesson, as well as a picnic in the park.
Tønsberg makes an idyllic stop for a moonlit meal along the waterfront, after which you can cosy up on one of the park benches and watch the fjord twinkle with lights. A perfect mix of traditional venues and modern architecture, Tønsberg has a lot to offer in the daytime as well, whether you fancy learning all about Norwegian life at the Vestfold Museums or just a bit of café culture.
How to get there
To tour the Oslofjord, the easiest option is to take a ferry and go island hopping or visit the towns along the coast. You can do so by buying an Oslo Pass which gives you free unlimited travel by bus, tram, underground, boat or train. Although the pass is not valid for transportation to Oslo Airport, it does provide several discounts to local restaurants and tourist attractions including discounts on entry to Tusenfryd Amusement Park.
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