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Oslo Holiday Guide

The Norwegian capital is a beautiful European city known for its museums, maritime history and vast unspoiled landscapes.

With its cultural attractions, cafés and nightlife Oslo has the atmosphere and energy of a large metropolis, while at the same time having a closeness to nature that gives the city a fresh and relaxed charm. The Norwegian capital is a compact city at the northern end of a fjord, backed by untouched forests with numerous lakes and hiking trails.

Oslo is perhaps one of the most expensive cities in the world, but do not let that put you off from visiting. The city offers possibly the best quality of life in Europe, if not the world, and one of the best urban environments you’ll ever find.

From the raids of the Vikings in Northern Europe to the legendary expeditions of Roald Amundsen and Thor Heyerdahl, Scandinavian adventurers have contributed to the rich maritime history of Oslo. Immerse yourself in the city’s maritime heritage with a visit to Bygdøy, the nearby peninsula that many of the city’s top museums call home.

Travel thousand years back in time and visit 9th Century ships in the Viking Ship Museum. Go to Frammuseet and step on the deck of the ship that took Amundsen to the South Pole. And make sure to visit the Kon-Tiki Museum, other example of the adventurous spirit of Norway; here you will find the homemade vessel that Thor Heyerdahl and five companions used to sail thousands of kilometres across the Pacific Ocean.

The inhabitants, surrounded by such lush greenery and beautiful fjords, love the outdoors, but the city also has a well deserved reputation as a centre of culture. Every year there are thousands of performances, exhibitions and events in the city’s many clubs, concert halls and museums. Enjoy an opera or ballet performance at the Operahuset and see works by leading Norwegian artists in the City Hall of Oslo and the Oslo Domkirke.

Most attractions can be found in the centre of Oslo, where you can get around easily on. Rather use public transportation? Then consider buying an Oslo Pass. This allows you unlimited travel by tram, bus, subway, train and ferry, and you can also visit many museums for free. It also gets you discounts at some restaurants and entertainment venues.


Guide to Exploring Oslo


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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Sonja Henies Plass 3 Postboks 9206, Oslo
4.0
of 5, from 761 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Housed in a modern complex and the tallest hotel building in Northern Europe, this luxury property is located in Oslo's city center, 100 meters from the bustling Karl Johan Street.

£64
Citybox Oslo

Citybox Oslo

Prinsensgate 6, Oslo
4.0
of 5, from 205 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is steps from Cinemateket and Oslo Cathedral. Jernbanetorget and Mini Bottle Gallery are also within 5 minutes.

£159
Grand Hotel Oslo

Grand Hotel Oslo

Karl Johansgate 31, Oslo
4.6
of 5, from 106 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oslo City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Oslo Nye Teater, Karl Johan Street, and Parliament. National Gallery and Oslo Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

£110
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen

Hotelveien, Ullensaker
4.1
of 5, from 389 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gardermoen, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from SAS Museum and 3.3 mi (5.4 km) from Ullensaker Museum. Munch Museum and Oslo Opera House are also within 32 mi (52 km).

£67
P-hotels Oslo

P-hotels Oslo

Grensen 19, Oslo
3.2
of 5, from 358 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is steps from Oslo Nye Teater, Karl Johan Street, and Parliament. National Gallery and Oslo Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

£69
Thon Hotel Gardermoen

Thon Hotel Gardermoen

Balder Allé 22, Ullensaker
3.8
of 5, from 47 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jessheim, this hotel is 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from SAS Museum and 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from Ullensaker Museum. Akershus University Hospital and Harald Huysman Karting are also within 25 mi (40 km).

£62
Hotell Bondeheimen

Hotell Bondeheimen

Rosenkrantz' Gate 8, Oslo
4.0
of 5, from 660 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Best Western Hotell Bondeheimen is located in downtown Oslo, 100 meters from the main street, Karl Johans gate, and a short walk from the Parliament and National Gallery. The airport bus and train both stop minutes away. It's a 3-minute walk to Stortinget Metro Station, and 10 to the main station.

£69
Smarthotel Oslo

Smarthotel Oslo

St. Olavsgate 26, Oslo
3.7
of 5, from 348 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is steps from Museum of Cultural History and National Gallery. Royal Palace and Karl Johan Street are also within 10 minutes.

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