Oslo, the capital of Norway, is on the Aker River in the south of the country at the head of the beautiful Oslo Fjord. It is an open-air city with places to sit and enjoy the views as well as museums and galleries to explore.
When to visit OsloThe average July temperatures are around 72ºF and warm summer days are ideal for energetic sightseeing and a good time to travel to Oslo. The average January temperatures are around 30ºF but it's a fine time to explore museums. Alternatively, you can stay in a hotel near Oslo at nearby Holmenkollen for the skiing and the ski jumping. Celebrations take place on May 17 for Constitution Day.
How to get to OsloOslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) is 30 miles northeast of the city center, but is linked to the center by express rail services (Flytoget) and bus links. There are also downtown bus and tram links and T-bane metro trains that link the hotels in Oslo city center.
Oslo attractionsThe Royal Palace is at the end of the city's major thoroughfare, Karl Johans Gate, and rewards people with a high vantage point over the city. On this avenue, in the center of things, is also the site of the Grand Hotel. Generations of polar explorers are celebrated at the Fram Museum and Thor Heyerdahl's epic Pacific journey by raft is explored at the Kon-Tiki Museum. Fittingly, both can be reached on a boat trip across the harbor. Akershus Fortress was built on the hillside to protect the town and contains the powerful Norwegian Resistance Museum. There are a number of luxury hotels and 5-star hotels sited centrally to take advantage of the sights. Slightly out of town is Vigeland Park, which has on display more than 200 architectural sculpture works by Gustav Vigeland.
Where to stay in OsloHotels.com offers the best choice of Oslo accommodation, including budget hotels in Oslo despite it being a notoriously expensive city. There are also a fine range of Scandinavian chain hotels including Thon and Rica.