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Oslo, capital of Norway, is a city of green spaces, skyscraper-studded skylines and an idyllic waterfront. Oslo has many great museums and outdoor activities to enjoy. It’s also an ideal destination for exploring the surrounding forests, lakes and hills by hire car, plus the Norwegian Fjords and destinations like Drammen,Lillehammer,Malung and Gothenburg.
If you’re arriving at Oslo Airport then it’s a 49-mile drive by rental car into the city. En-route you could take a detour via the E6 and Rv120 to visit the tranquil Oyeren lake, which has more fish species than any other in Norway.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Thrifty, Hertz and Avis. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
Oslo is rich in museums, nature and nightlife, making it the perfect city to explore by day and relax in by evening. The Viking Ship Museum showcases Oslo’s maritime history, the Fram Museum charts Norwegian polar expeditions, and The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design includes the iconic painting The Scream by Edvard Munch. Quirkier attractions include the Holmenkollen Ski Museum, The Mini Bottle Gallery and The Norwegian Museum of Magic. In the evenings, the Karl Johan area has many bars to choose from and is always buzzing.
The sky resort town of Lillehammer lies in southern Norway and is a 114-mile drive from Oslo via the E6. The town was the site of the 1994 Winter Olympics and includes a chairlift with amazing views over the mountains. Activities include hiking, cycling, horse riding and skiing.
The Norwegian fjords are searing aquamarine inlets of water set in high cliffs and forged over millions of years of glacial erosion. There are over 1000 fjords in Western Norway and they are almost unreal in their beauty. Driving distances to different fjords vary but in general, it will take around a 7 to 8-hour journey from Oslo by hire car to reach the region.
Oslo and Norway are great to explore by hire car as Norwegian traffic is known for being some of the safest in the world. Bear in mind that in Oslo, traffic can be dense during the morning, afternoon and weekend rushes, so give yourself plenty of time to get to your planned destinations. Note that traffic rules are strictly enforced in Norway and police are quick to give fines, so make sure you’re familiar with the country’s driving rules. Always keep an eye on local area speed limits. Take care when driving in mountainous regions in winter.
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