Welcome to Oslo, the vibrant capital of Norway. Go for a stroll along the harbour and explore everything from innovative architecture and world-class museums to hip bars and high-class restaurants. Then you go for a self-guided multi-day bicycle tour around the Oslo Fjord.
This is our most urban tour, but you will still ride mostly through rural and quiet areas along the gentle fjord landscapes and through rich agricultural landscapes on small, low-traffic roads. You pass a few dozen rustic coastal communities evenly spread on both sides of the fjord and spend some nights in historic towns teeming with activity Round the Clocks. There are plenty of opportunities for al fresco wining and dining along canals and harbours. From Sandefjord to Strömstad in Sweden, where the fjord meets the ocean, you cross the fjord from west to east by ship. The journey goes past idyllic islands and lighthouses. The bicycle tour continues on the east side of the fjord and ends in Oslo.
The fjord offers a captivating history and exciting coastal life. Along the fjord, there are many attractions and sights, and some ancient monuments tell of settlements already 8000 years ago. In Tønsberg, Norway`s oldest town you can see a real Viking ship being built and see a replica of the famous Oseberg ship at Tønsberg harbour. In the landscape south of Fredrikstad, you find Norway's largest concentration of rock carvings. The cycle route goes right past some of them.
Edvard Munch, Norway’s most famous painter - had a lifelong love for nature, especially for the coast and the Oslo Fjord. The archipelago as a theme or backdrop is truly one of the cornerstones of Munch`s artistic life.
In Oslo, you can explore the unique legacy of Edvard Munch at the Munch Museum. The small, yellow wooden house right by the sea in Åsgårdstrand is the best-preserved of Munch’s homes that still stands to this day. Here you can take a walk on the jetty where "The girls on the bridge" caught his eye. In Fredrikstad you can "wander in the footsteps of Munch", visiting six places he had a special connection to. Munch found great inspiration from the surroundings while spending several years at Jeløya in Moss. At Ramme in the community of Hvitsten, you can see Edvard Munch`s summer residence, and walk in his landscape along the cultural trail.