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Oslo is Norway's bustling capital city, where you can enjoy modern architecture and convenience alongside Viking history and beautiful landscapes. Oslo is one of Europe's fastest growing cities, so book a holiday apartment here to see what it's all about before it's cool. It's also the European Green Capital 2019 so perfect for environmentally conscious travellers. Whether you're a student looking for youth hostels or other cheap accommodation in Oslo, or a professional couple seeking a romantic getaway in a luxury holiday rental, Oslo won't disappoint.
When to go
Oslo is generally quite cold, so a winter weekend break can be a good way to get a feel for the city. Most of the major sights are indoors so the weather won't get in the way of a great holiday in Oslo. However, if you like warmer weather, between May and August things heat up a bit and rooms are surprisingly economical, so this is the time to go if you want to bask in the sun and maybe even take advantage of the water sports available in the fjord.
How to get there
There are three airports in the Oslo area: Gardermoen, Moss Rygge and Sandefjord Torp. Most major cities in Europe fly to Oslo, as well as several locations in North America and Asia. Countless airports fly to Oslo, making it an easily accessible city whatever your budget. There are also train and coach routes between Oslo and other continental cities, in particular from Sweden and Germany, so you could make it part of a road trip holiday: these are also extra convenient because you will be delivered directly to the city centre. If you're more of a seafaring type, you can take a ferry from Germany or Denmark to Oslo.
How to get around in Oslo
Oslo's public transport is all centralised under the same system, so the same tickets and pricing are valid for buses, trams, subways, ferries and trains. In zones 1 and 2 public transport is completely free! You can also get boats to the nearby islands and museums, which is not to be missed. If you want to get active, hire a city bike, found at more than 200 stations across the city.
Where to stay in Oslo
This area is located on the east side of the Akerselva river, behind old industrial buildings. Grünerløkka was formerly a working-class quarter of Oslo but has been gentrified since the late 20th century. It's full of cute cafés and bars and is also a great shopping district for independent and vintage shops. This is the perfect place to book a luxury hotel if you like to be in a calm but fun part of town, surrounded by nature.
The Oslo Fjord is an area of land with lots of little islands such as Hovedøja, Gressholmen and Bleikøya. This is a fascinating area of Oslo, with each island having its own unique history, geography and identity. Book your holiday apartment on Airbnb here if you're interested in history, as it is full of gems such as Viking and Second World War ruins. In the summer, the fjord is great for water sports such as canoeing, sailing, fishing and kayaking, so perfect for adventure lovers.
There is a distinct divide in Oslo between east and west: while not as deep as it was in the past, it is still significant. The east is ideal for students or young people looking for cheap accommodation in Oslo, as it is jam-packed with cheap markets, restaurants and shops. As the city's medieval area, Oslo East is full of beautiful historical buildings. Art lovers should be sure to check out the Ekebergparken Sculpture Park, close to the place that inspired Edvard Munch's famous "The Scream" painting.
What activities to do
Perhaps the most famous Nordic painter, Edvard Munch was a hugely significant expressionist and his art is renowned all over the world. He left his work to the city of Oslo, which was turned into the Munch Museum, the best place to see Munch's work and learn about his life. Go on Sunday at 1pm for an introduction to the museum, given in English during the summer.
Viking Ship Museum
One of Oslo's most popular attractions, the Viking Ship Museum has the best examples of genuine Viking ships as well as skeletal remains, wood carvings and other fascinating relics of the Viking Age. There is also a Historical Museum where you can see Norway's largest collection of prehistoric and medieval artefacts.
If you get tired of cultural activities, let your hair down with a visit to Scandinavia's largest indoor playland, Megafun. Megafun is 5,000 square metres of play areas up to five stories high, laser games, a wind tunnel and 6D cinema. This is the perfect day out for families with young children, giving parents a chance to unwind in the free WiFi zone or join in the fun!