Cruising Northern Europe is a great way to visit some of the vibrant capitals of the world. I had the chance to do this while performing as a musician which did Northern Europe runs. One of our weekly stops was Oslo Norway. I enjoyed this immensely as I thought about my Norwegian heritage. Oslo is one of my favorite cities in Norway.
Oslo is very easy to navigate if you happen to visit via cruise ship. Our ship always docked directly next to Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle built around the 1290’s. The castle is free to wander and also offers paid tours if you wish to explore a little closer. The castle is a must visit spot, because you’ll be docked just across the street.
When you’re ready to explore Oslo a little deeper, you have a few options. First, walk past Akershus Fortress and you’ll be pretty much in the main downtown area if you navigate toward the right. Walk into the city center until you come across Karl Johans gate, which is the main street running through Oslo. Its just a few blocks in. Strolling along the street will take you past cafes and vibrant outdoor art.
Just to the left of where your ship is docked, past the castle, is Aker Brygge. This area along the waterfront is very upscale featuring outdoor cafes and bars and high end boutiques. The stroll along the waterfront is always relaxing and is great for people watching.
If you want to do an easy excursion, why not head over to Frogner Park. An short trolly ride will take you directly to the entrance. This park is home to the Vigeland Installation, a famous sculpture park created by Gustav Vigeland between the 1920’s and 1943. Hundreds of sculptures depicting the human condition are free to view and offer great photo opps.