Norway's Maritime Heritage


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Youth and Family, Museums / Culture, Local Experience, First Time Visitor


Kid Friendly: Yes. Between the museums we will walk about one mile.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), Norwegian (fluent)

The ships that built the nation

This tour focuses on Norway's maritime heritage with a visit to three of the most fascinating museums in Oslo, that tell a part of the tale that is Norway and the sea.
We start with a short trip on the museumferry from the cityhallsquare to Bygdøypeninsula. Our first stop is the Vikingshipmuseum, containing the three best preserved, original vikingships in the world. They were all dicovered in the area around the Oslofjord in the 18 and early 1900 and are truly unique in world context.
Next stop is the Kon-Tiki museum. This museum contains the rafts Kon-Tiki and RA 2 made famous by the expedtions of one of the best known Norwegians of all time, Thor Heyerdahl, famous for his experimental archeology of which these rafts was instrumental.

Our third stop is the Fram museum. Here we see the polarship Fram, which was built and used for the scientist Fridtjof Nansen to drift across the Arctic in the 1890s and later by Roald Amundsen when he became the first man on the Southpole. Voted Norways best museum 2015.


I will meet you at your cruise ship or at your hotel if it is in the city centre. If your hotel is outside the city centre, please meet me at the pier for the museum ferry in front of the city hall, from pier 3.

The trip across the bay takes 5-10 minutes and then we walk another 5-10 minutes to the Viking ship museum which is our first stop.

We then proceed to the Kon-Tiki Museum which is a little under a mile to walk (1. 4 km).

The next museum is the Fram which is located next to the Kon-Tiki. The ferry departs back to the city from this location as well.

When we arrive in the city centre I will take you to your desired location in the city centre or help you get on the right public transport if you are leaving the downtown area.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At your cruise ship or hotel if in the city centre of Oslo.

End location: Anywhere you wish to be taken to in the city centre of Oslo.

Duration: 4 hours


Mostly walking, a short ferrytrip.

What’s Included

Other: 4 hours of private guiding with me, according to the itinerary.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

395 NOK - This price is for the Oslopass which grants free access to the museums we visit and for the ferry to Bygdøy peninsula. The Oslopass is valid for 24 hours and is yours to keep after our tour. It gives free public transport all over the city and access to many other museums and various discounts.
For children the Oslopass is 210 NOK and for senior citizens (aged 67 and older) it is 315 NOK.

What’s Extra

Other: The Oslopass


In Norway you have to have a government permission to drive passengers commercially. Therefore I cannot be your driver but I am happy to arrange for a professional driver for you and your party.

A Recent Review of this tour

I spent two amazing days in Oslo with Erlend. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely versatile and can switch agenda at a moment's notice. When I return to Oslo, Erlend will be a definite must! We spent much time walking this very walkable city. I feel that I got a good flavor of the city and Erlend was the key. I would give him 10 stars if possible
Stuart Sarshik

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