The Akershus fortress is a medieval castle located in Oslo, near the central area. The castle was built seaside, with a terrific view of the Oslo Fjord.
This area is particularly dedicated for you to enjoy a pleasant day, surrounded by nature and culture, while discovering a part of the Norwegian history.
Admire a beautiful landscape at the Akershus fortress
The city of Oslo, the capital of Norway, is located in a beautiful natural area called the Oslo Fjord. This area is characterized by several little islands covered by woods. The Akershus Fortress is located along this coast, just a 2 minute walk from the Oslo city centre.
The picture above shows one of the spots at the fortress where you can still find several cannons pointing towards the sea. If you’re lucky, you can sit on a bench and enjoy this beautiful and relaxing view, lit by the sun.
Discover a part of the Norwegian History visiting the Akershus Fortress
The Akershus Fortress was built at the end of XIII century for the will of King Hakon V to create a specific defensive centre in Oslo. Indeed, the city was attacked by the Norwegian nobleman, Earl Alv Erlingsson of Sarpsborg, some years before in 1287. During the centuries, the Fortress underwent several sieges, only to survive all of them.
The castle consists of a wide area with many different buildings nestled in nature. Here, especially in autumn, you can experience an incredibly vivid palette of colors, which include beautiful tonalities of red, brown, yellow and green.
Explore the castle and its royal mausoleum
The courtyard in the picture is the main entrance to the Castle. From here you will get access to the interiors of the building where you can visit its halls, its church, and its mausoleum. The Akershus Castle has been renovated and converted into a Renaissance castle during the XVII century by King Christian IV.
At the main entrance of the Castle, you will find a souvenir shop where you can buy the tickets for the interiors since visiting the exterior of the Fortress is free. Also visit the the Royal Mausoleum located inside the Castle where it was moved in 1984. Here you can find the sarcophagi of King Haakon VII, his wife Queen Maud Of Norway, King Olav V, and Princess Martha of Norway. The walls of the Royal Mausoleum also contain the remains of King Haakon V, Queen Euphemia of Norway, and King Sigurd I.
Have a nice walk across the fortress area and find all its buildings
The Akershus Fortress has also been a prison, and nowadays is still used as a military area. Here you can experience a nice, long walk through all its buildings: The Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, Norway’s Resistance Museum, The Norwegian Ministry of Defense, and on the eastern side, a modern armed forces headquarter.
In the summer, you can enjoy guided tours of the Fortress starting at the Visitor Centre.
Welcome to Akershus fortress, a place of history and nature
Don’t miss your tour of the Akershus Fortress, especially during the summer and autumn months, and experience a pleasant day in nature with a terrific view of the Oslo Fjord.
The Fortress area is also a spot for public events, such as concerts, ceremonies, and holiday celebrations. Remember that the entrance for the exterior is free, and it’s open from 7am until 9pm.
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