Cruise Start


The start of the cruise season in Oslo will be an AIDA happening

Today two AIDAships will be kicking off the cruise season in Oslo. AIDAcara and AIDAluna will have a relative short time “side by side” but with their smiling faces that will be great fun. 

This year’s cruise season has started April 9th and continues all through till the Holy Evening. Arcadia, with British cruise passengers will sail out the Oslo Fjord at 17:00 hrs on December 24th. This year the only months without cruise vessel in the Port of Oslo are February and March.

131 cruise vessels with about 270 000 passengers will come to Oslo this season.  The most frequent cruise line is AIDA Cruises with 27 calls, thereof 19 over-night stay. Most of their passengers are German speaking. Costa Cruises with mostly Italian passengers onboard calls 18 times and Princess Cruises with mostly American passengers has 13 calls. Also Holland America Line and RCCL are frequent guests in Oslo with 11 calls each.

Sailing the Oslo Fjord

Aida Stella by Oscarsborg Fortress

To sail the Oslo fjord is a year round experience. Coming close to nature and culture. Near the fortress Oscarsborg so important to Norwegian history. Hills, islands, cabins and holiday houses, ships and boats passing by. All an extra passenger experience coming to or leaving Oslo.

Aida Stella in Oslo Fjord



On the 12th of June our new Gjøa building was inaugurated with both His Majesty King Harald and Prime Minister Stoltenberg present. In the evening, we had organized a polar market with a lot of different activities both in our new museum and outside. 

Since the Fram Museum took over the responsibility for Gjøa in 2009, we have been working intensively to take care of Roald Amundsen's old ship Gjøa - the world's first vessel through the entire Northwest Passage. We have created new exhibits, collected objects from different Northwest Passage expeditions, constructed a 116-seat cinema, a conference room and also an own activity center behind the polar ship Fram. The new building was officially opened by H.M. King Harald and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg gave a speech.

The new Gjøa building is connected to the Fram with an underground tunnel where we tell the stories of the most important attempts to sail through the Northwest Passage from 1497 to 1906, when Gjøa and her crew finally sailed through the whole passage. In the building you will find new exhibitions on all major arctic expeditions - including for example John Franklin’s with Terror and Erebus in 1845 and Henry Larsen’s St. Roch expedition during the Second World War.

You can admire a spectacular model of the airship Norge and N25, you can look into a diorama with Franklin’s guys in their moments of death and see several of the artifacts picked up after the tragedy had occurred. This includes a big pair of boots that was found in a depot not far from where the Franklin expedition disappeared 150 years ago…

Are you interested in ice melting, polar bears, shipping or marine life, be updated in our new corner dedicated to the current issues of the High North.

Welcome to a Fram Museum that is twice as big! The entrance prices are the same. We have a café, fine customer toilets and we are never closed. Take bus no. 30 or the no. 91 ferry to Bygdøynes.

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Downloadable Reports

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