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Boat tour in Oslo

Please advise on best boat tour in and around Oslo. I left my Oslo section of Rick’s guide in Bergen and brought the Bergen guide with me. So dumb.

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Rick Steves used B1 Øyene ferry as a HOHO option a few weeks ago.

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We’re in Copenhagen now, heading to Oslo later this month. Hope your Oslo boat tour will be better than ours yesterday, with two loud, obnoxious, drunk (and still drinking onboard) young Danish women right behind us, very back of the boat. We couldn’t get up and move (no empty seats), or say anything that would change the situation. So that was a far less than ideal Copenhagen canal tour. Anyway, for Oslo:

Rick’s book recommends, under “Oslofjord Cruises,” taking public ferry or tour boat to see islands in the fjord minutes from the downtown harbor. “Cheap ferries regularly connect the nearby islands with downtown (covered by public transit tickets and Oslo Pass). Several tour boats leave regularly from Pier 3 in front of City Hall. Batservice has a relaxing and scenic 1.5 hour hop-on, hop-off service, with recorded multilingual commentary. It departs from the City Hall dock (235 kroner, discount with Oslo Pass; daily at 10:15, 11:45, 13:15, and 14:45; departs 30 minutes earlier from the Opera House and 30 minutes later from Bygdoy; phone +47 23 35 68 99, www.boatsightseeing.com). Also have a 2-hour fjord tour with dull live commentary (355 kroner, 3 per day late March to mid Oct, additional departures in summer, 2 per day on winter weekends), a dinner cruise on a sailing ship (485 kroner, no narration; “shrimp buffet” is just shrimp, bread, and butter; daily mid June thru Aug 19:00-22:00), and jazz and blues-themed cruises.”

That’s from his 2021 Scandinavia book.

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Do you happen to be returning to Bergen? The fjords are a bit more dramatic there with easy to do cruises that you might find more rewarding than Oslo's islands. Check with Rødne Fjord Cruise: https://rodne.no/en/ Some tours of 3.5 hours and others all day.