- See many of Oslo’s most iconic landmarks
- Explore three of the city’s best-preserved islands
The spectacular coastal scenery of the Norwegian capital makes for an epic backdrop on this enthralling Oslo sightseeing tour by ferry. You’ll be accompanied by a professional guide as you travel to three of the most historic and attractive islands in the Oslo fjord, to see the remains of a 1000-year old abbey, picturesque seaside villages, hidden beaches and much more besides. Departing from the city centre, you’ll head first to Hovedøya (Main Island) to learn how English monks “Christianised” post-Viking Oslo, and built a powerful abbey on the island. Passing through the ruins, you’ll walk to the old ramparts and cannons set up to defend the island during the 19th century Napoleonic Wars, taking in the stunning sea views, before taking another ferry to the island of Lindøya.
A favourite summer retreat for many Oslo locals, Lindøya is dotted with traditional wooden houses and flowery gardens. Here there is a little store where you can pick up snacks for a picnic lunch if you’d like, which can be enjoyed on a gorgeous beach. The last stop on your Oslo gift experience is Gressholmen, home to a well-known nature preserve of dense forest, sea cliffs and beaches that many visitors miss. This is one of the great, unmissable sightseeing trips in Oslo, during which you’ll enjoy sublime coastal landscapes, a knowledgeable guide filling you in on the islands’ scenery, and an amazing return journey back into the city centre.