The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 6 children- Boy age 14, Girl age 14, Girl age 14, Girl age 10, Boy age 7, & Girl age 2.
Description: If you’re spending any significant amount of time in Oslo, you may want to consider the Oslo Pass. The pass gives you access for one, two, or three days to over thirty of the city’s museums, the ability to ride public transportation for free, free access to public swimming pools and walking tours, and many discounts on other city-wide activities. You can purchase your passes online, but you’ll still need to find the Oslo Tourism Information Office to have the passes validated. Wait until you get to the city to obtain your passes. It is important to “do the math” to see if the Oslo Pass is worth getting. It is not cheap, and not all museums are included. Plan out your day and see if it makes sense. Another option could be one of the Hop-On Hop-Off buses.
Our Overall Oslo Experience: Oslo gets great reviews in many travel guide books, and though there are some excellent museums, our family, overall, didn’t fall in love with the city. There definitely were some highlights we’d recommend though! We were able to use our Oslo Pass to visit a number of locations.
Definitely make your way to Bygdoy, a peninsula on the western side of Oslo, known for its museums, beaches and parks. We enjoyed strolling around Bygdoy; the houses are unique and interesting architecture. We did not make it to the beaches or parks (so we cannot vouch for them), but we did see the below listed museums. We took the public ferry from Oslo to Bygdoy, and it was an easy, quick trip. We took a bus back from Bygdoy to Oslo, and we wandered around town once we returned to Oslo.
Address: Bygdøynesveien 36, 0286 Oslo, Norway
Phone: 23 28 29 50
Hours: Museum opens between 9am and 10am and closes between 3pm and 6pm, depending on the season and specific date chosen.
Admission: 80 NOK for adults, 30 NOK for children aged 7-15 years
Description: The Fram Polar Ship was built in the 1890s and it is the only known wooden ship to have traveled to both the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Museum houses the ship, as well as other ships, items and artifacts of interest, and visitors can explore the vessel and learn about what the explorers experienced on the journey.
Our Experience: In Bygdoy we visited the Fram Polar Ship Museum. Our kids loved this part of the trip! We were able to access the entire ship, learned about the designs and expeditions involved, and saw lots of illustrations of the clothing and the apparatus used by the crew. Even though it is not a hi-tech museum, there were enough unique and engaging features to keep our kids interested and entertained. Check out the film in the left wing of the museum, and the “freezing room” on the second floor balcony of the main wing. This room replicates the temperatures the crew experienced on their polar expeditions. Our kids loved this part so much that they “froze themselves” three times!
Address: Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo
Phone: +4722 13 52 80
Hours: 9am to 6pm from May 1st through September 30th, 10am to 4pm from October 1st through April 30th
Admission: Children under 6 are free, Children 8-16 NOK 30, NOK 60 for adults
Description: The Viking Ship Museum houses many artifacts and two of the most well preserved Viking ships that were built during the 9th century. In addition to these historic ships, visitors will find tools used by the Vikings, smaller boats, Viking tombs and graves, household goods and utensils, and much more.
Our Experience: We saw three excavated Viking ships and some Viking noble graves during our trip to the Viking Ship Museum. There were many artifacts to see as well, including a sledge hammer, other tools, and carved wood. Our kids found this stop only mildly interesting. If you are already on Bygdoy, then we recommend checking it out if you have the time; it is educational. It’s a small museum, so thirty minutes was more than enough for our family to explore.
Address: Villa Grande, Huk Winn 56, Oslo
Phone: +47 22 84 21 00
Hours: Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm
Admission: NOK 50 adults, NOK 25 children. Families can pay NOK 100 for all family members.
Description: The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities is a modern exhibit of the history of the Holocaust. Visitors will find an extensive multimedia presentation of images, sounds, films, artifacts, and text documents about this event in history. Learn all about the fate of the Norwegian Jews and what they experienced during World War II.
Our Experience: Touring the museum takes about an hour, and it’s an important site that allowed us to learn more about the genocide of European Jews and the persecution of minorities by the Nazi State. This may seem to be very serious stuff indeed for a vacation, but we felt it was important for our children to experience and learn more about this period and the persecution that many faced just for being Jewish or a minority. Our children thought the visit was very worthwhile. We were fortunate to have a guided tour, and the guide was able to show our children the age appropriate exhibits. We recommend going to see this museum.
We simply wandered a bit. Because it was Sunday, many things were closed. My children wanted to stop at the Ice Bar, but because it was late in the day, we were not able to do so.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips