Beginning of main content
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Viking Ship Museum

See three ancient Viking craft that have been remarkably preserved for posterity.

The Viking Ship Museum is one of Oslo’s most fascinating visitor attractions. The museum houses three great Viking ships that were discovered in the years between 1867 and 1903 and have been painstakingly restored as closely as possible to their original condition.

The vessels date from the 9th century, during a time when the Vikings were at their most powerful. These notorious warmongers wreaked havoc across the whole of northern Europe with their pillaging raids on land and bloody battles for supremacy at sea. The astonishing beauty of their ships seems at odds with their reputation as fearless warriors.

The ships are named after the locations where they were found. The first craft to be discovered was the Tune, the smallest of the three and the most badly damaged in the process of excavation. The Gokstad and the Oseberg are in much better condition, thanks partly to the lessons learned from the first excavation. The Oseberg still has around 90 per cent of its original timbers, elaborately decorated with animal carvings including a dragon and a snake.

The fact that these ships survived for so long is down to their use as burial chambers for Viking chieftains. The noblemen and their possessions would be laid out in their favourite ships and encased in clay to preserve the wood and provide a safe passage to the afterlife. It is thought that the lavishly decorated Oseberg may have been used by members of the Viking aristocracy for ceremonial purposes.

Many of the original fixtures and fittings have been recovered and are on display in the museum, along with the ship owners’ personal possessions. There is also a wooden horse cart decorated with scenes from Viking legends.

The Viking Ship Museum is on the Bygdøy Peninsula, and is easy to reach by public transport. Car parking is available behind the museum and is free during the winter, however you have to pay in the summer. The museum is open every day except major public holidays for a small admission charge.


Guide to Exploring Viking Ship Museum


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 287 properties near Viking Ship Museum
Hotel Verdandi Oslo Rs6,385
Hotel Verdandi Oslo

Hotel Verdandi Oslo

Tordenskioldsgate 6b, Oslo
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord and Aker Brygge. Oslo Opera House and Oslo Spektrum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kontraskjaeret Tram Station and Nationaltheatret Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    THE THIEF Rs28,538
    THE THIEF

    THE THIEF

    Landgangen 1, Oslo
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Oslo hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Oslofjord and Aker Brygge. Oslo Opera House and Oslo Spektrum are also within 2 miles (3 km). Aker Brygge Tram Station is 8 minutes by foot and Vikatorvet Tram Station is 10 minutes.

      Smarthotel Oslo Rs6,331
      Smarthotel Oslo

      Smarthotel Oslo

      St. Olavsgate 26, Oslo
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Palace, Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge. Oslo Opera House and Munch Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Holbergs plass Station and Tullinlokka Light Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Clarion Hotel The Hub Rs11,220
        Clarion Hotel The Hub

        Clarion Hotel The Hub

        Biskop Gunnerus Gate 3, Oslo
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oslofjord and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Aker Brygge are also within 1 mile (2 km). Jernbanetorget T-Station and Oslo Central Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Scandic Sjølyst Rs7,184
          Scandic Sjølyst

          Scandic Sjølyst

          Sjolyst Plass 4, Oslo
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Skoyen, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Oslofjord, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and Viking Ship Museum. Oslo Opera House and Aker Brygge are also within 3 miles (5 km). Oslo Skoyen Station is only a 5-minute walk and Thune Light Rail Station is 6 minutes.

            Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus Rs8,961
            Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus

            Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus

            Gabelsgate 16, Oslo
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Frogner, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oslofjord and Aker Brygge. Oslo Opera House and Oslo Spektrum are also within 3 miles (5 km). Skillebekk Light Rail Station is only a 2-minute walk and Skarpsno Light Rail Station is 7 minutes.

              Hotel Christiania Teater, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member Rs14,006
              Hotel Christiania Teater, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

              Hotel Christiania Teater, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

              Stortingsgaten 16, Oslo
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oslofjord, Aker Brygge and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and University of Oslo are also within 3 miles (5 km). Nationaltheatret Tram Station and Stortinget Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Scandic Solli Oslo Rs6,461
                Scandic Solli Oslo

                Scandic Solli Oslo

                Parkveien 68, Box 2458 Solli, Oslo
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Frogner, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord and Aker Brygge. Oslo Opera House and Oslo Spektrum are also within 2 miles (3 km). Solli Light Rail Station and Vikatorvet Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.