Copenhagen Getaways: Mini Cruise to Oslo,Norway
If you feel it is time for a sweet escape from Copenhagen, the Oslo MiniCruise is the perfect opportunity for just that, regardless of whether you go with friends or on a romantic date, or even just by yourself! Onboard you can have excellent dinners and all the best cocktails and during the day, you can experience Oslo, the gorgeous capital of Norway.
What is The MiniCruise to Oslo?
A MiniCruise lasts two days. You leave from Copenhagen on Friday at 4.30pm, and you are in Oslo Saturday morning at 9.45am. The ship then departs from Oslo again at 4.30pm, and you will be back in Copenhagen on Sunday morning at 9.45am. This means you have almost a full day in Oslo, and two nights onboard the ship.
The MiniCruise offers a couple of relaxing days off with dinners on the open sea and good company in maritime surroundings far away from all the usual stress. The ship is located very centrally in Oslo, so you will be able to walk everywhere.
On board the ship, there are plenty of things to do no matter if you travel who your travel companions are. There is a wide variety of cabins; everything from functional economy cabins to luxury cabins with balconies.
Upon departure, you can go to the Skybar outside in the back of the ship and enjoy a drink or coffee while enjoying the view over Copenhagen and the Danish coastline. Then you can go to the bar just downstairs and get another drink inside where it is warmer.
When I was on the cruise, we went to the pool and sauna area. There are two pools, a spa, and a nice hot sauna with a great view out the small window. It was the perfect way to relax before getting dressed and ready for dinner.
The first night we had dinner in Little Italy, which makes great pizza accompanied by good wine. The second night, we had dinner in Explorer Steakhouse, where the service is particularly great, and the food and wine is excellent.
Afterwards we went to the Navigation Bar to enjoy live music and a couple of drinks in a cozy atmosphere which allows for people to still sit and chat before moving on and ending the night in one of the discos where they have live music bands playing dance music.
In the morning, there is a breakfast buffet at the very front of the ship, and if you are lucky, you can get a table by the window and enjoy a beautiful view while eating. The breakfast buffet literally has everything you could possible want.
Finally, there are also various tax-free shops with alcohol, clothes, perfume etc. and a Baresso. There is definitely many ways to stay entertained while onboard. The only negative thing that should be mentioned is that there’s often lots of kids everywhere – but luckily they eventually tire out!
Sightseeing in Oslo
Oslo is a wonderful city, with so many opportunities. However, it is also possible to enjoy the city in just one day.
If you wake up early, you can start the sightseeing already whilst you eat breakfast onboard. The entrance to Oslo is stunning and you can enjoy the sunrise and the gorgeous mountains and little suburbs along the coast while approaching the center of Oslo.
I recommend starting the trip with a walk to the Royal Palace. You arrive early and not many places are open just yet, so you can enjoy a nice quiet walk in the sun through the beautiful gardens up to palace while enjoying a hot cup of coffee on the way. The palace is located on top of a hill, and from here, you have a nice view over the city.
Next, you can go for a walk to Grünerløkka, which is Oslo’s answer to Vesterbro. You will most likely walk from the Palace down the main shopping street Karl Johan Gate. In Grünerløkka, you will find Mathallerne, the food halls, which is a combination of the Paper Island and Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, as well as a many nice shops and cafes.
From Mathallerne you can walk to Akershus Fæstning, an old fortress on top of a hill, where the nature and atmosphere is silent and you can look down on the entire city and the harbor. You can also look down on Aker Brygge. Aker Brygge is a quay full of restaurants, people and live music with a great lively atmosphere where you can hang out in the afternoon.
Finally, you can walk from Aker Brygge to the Opera, which is located right next to the ship. It is built in amazing architecture and you can lay down, chill on the walls and roof, and enjoy the sun and the view.
Is the MiniCruise for you?
The Oslo MiniCruise is the ideal trip for a short getaway to relax both body, mind and soul in beautiful surroundings. It is definitely affordable, although Norway and Oslo is fairly pricy. It is the perfect trip to see the beautiful coasts and capital of Norway; it is the perfect partner getaway for a special occasion, or the perfect get-away from work or thesis project.
When I came home, I felt a newfound level of relaxation. It was the perfect combination of experiencing the maritime surroundings by the sea and a large Scandinavian capital full of culture.