I got my authorization as an Oslo guide just last year and it feels like I've done nothing but guiding since then!
And that's because I simply love it. Working as an Oslo guide offers me all that I want in a job. Meeting new and interesting people on a daily basis, getting to be outside in various, beautiful places most of the day, showing my wonderful city to travellers from around the world and indulging in local history.
I have lived in Oslo all of my life, and with more than 5 generations of family behind me in this city, known for people migrating to it, I do feel that I can call myself a true native.
The city has always fascinated me and I have been exploring it all of my life. There is always something more to discover and being one of Europe's fastest growing capitals, there is always something going on.
In my spare time I love taking advantage of Oslo's superb surroundings, hiking and camping in the woods around us or sailing my small boat on the Oslo fjord. I am a huge history nerd, so if you are interested in the history of Oslo, you will not be disappointed.
As an avid traveller myself I feel I have some idea about what makes a journey successful. You want to see what the city is known for but also the hidden gems. A nice picnic in a sunny park can be equally rewarding to seeing famous works of art.
A small bar with just the right atmosphere or the Michelin star restaurant, the memories you take with you are what makes your journey.
I am looking forward to showing you my beautiful hometown of Oslo. The city is getting more exciting everyday;)
A Recent Review of this guide
Tov Erlend was an awesome guide sharing with us his extensive knowledge and love of the city of Oslo. He was filled with little bits of information that brought the city to life for us. For example, our hotel was next door to one of the earliest City Halls. He helped us learn how to use the bus system that enabled to us to move freely around Oslo. He also answered our many questions about what life in Oslo is like. His tour was fun and informative and his enthusiasm was contagious.
I am a fully licensed and qualified Oslo Guide. To obtain this you must pass three exams: Written exam about Oslo's history, art, architecture, tourism and more. An oral exam in both English and Norwegian and the "bus" exam where you have to guide a certain part of the city impromptu. I have also followed the course leading up to these exams with roughly 200 hours of education concerning these subjects.
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.