If you ever find yourself in Oslo, Norway or Copenhagen, Denmark, with the desire to get from one to the other or just kill a bit of time while enjoying yourself at sea, look into the overnight ferries that go regularly between these two cities.
We booked ourselves a cabin on the ferry a couple weeks ago, and had such a great time. The boats are called a ferry because you can take your car on them (and also your bike!), but they are more of a mini cruise boat, with bars, restaurants, live music, casinos, rooftop pools/hot tub, shopping, and great patios with terrific views. There’s no shortage of things to do while you’re aboard!
A crash course on the ferry schedule is that it departs at 4:30 PM and arrives in the other city at 9:30 AM. You can stay in your destination city for as many days as you want, or you can also just get off the ferry at 9:30 AM and get back on at 4:30 PM, spending just one day in either Oslo or Copenhagen.
We opted to leave on a Thursday evening at 4:30, arriving in Oslo at 9:30 AM on a Friday, and then got back on the ferry at 4:30 PM on Saturday. It was a quick trip, but worked out well for the available time we had and we found that 30 hours in Oslo was a perfect little getaway. We happened upon the Picnic in the Park Music Festival, which had two of our favorite artists performing at it (Colter Wall and Jason Isbell) so that occupied the bulk of our time in Oslo. Below are some of our tips for the ferry trip + Oslo, Norway.
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