Oslo may be one of the more expensive cities in Europe, but there are ways to enjoy Norway’s sophisticated capital without melting the plastic. The first thing is to find cheap flights to Oslo – Oslo Torp that is – and take the bus to the centre of the city. Another tip is to buy an Oslo Pass, which provides free public transport, free admission to museums and sights and even discounted ice-skate hire.
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, summer temperatures can hit 30 degrees and a spot of open-air swimming in the fjord is a free thrill. Days are long too, 21 hours of daylight in the summer months.
Cross the harbour by boat to the Bygdoy peninsula, where you’ll find several fascinating museums including the Viking Ship Museum, Norwegian Folk Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, which tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl who in 1947 sailed 4,000 miles across the Pacific in a raft, and Fram Museum, which tells the stories of the polar explorers.
Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures populate the Vigeland sculpture park. The almost 200 giant sculptures were not only modelled by Vigeland, but he laid out the park too. It’s Norway’s most popular tourist attraction. The Screaming Baby Statue is one of the best.
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Oslo has perfect weather for winter sports, cold with lots of snow. Winter days are dark and dusky though, and daytime temperatures are below zero (to about -9 degrees). Summers are mild with long sunny days. Oslo is far enough south to not have 24 hours of sun in summer, but the nights never get completely dark. Summertime temperatures range from the teens to low 20s. August is the wettest month and April and May the driest.
To get to Oslo from other major European cities, you can get a train or bus. Oslo’s port also has daily ferry arrivals from Kiel, Germany and Denmark’s Frederikshavn and Copenhagen. If you’re arriving in Oslo by air, an airport bus will take from the arrivals gate to the Oslo Bus Terminal downtown. You can also catch the Airport Express train or hail a cab. Getting around in Oslo is easy. Buses, trams and the underground metro (T-bane) comprise an efficient and affordable public transport system.