Oslo is Norway’s largest and capital city and the third largest in Scandinavia. The city is surrounded by breath-taking scenery and sprawling natural landscapes where outdoorsy holiday makers will discover a range of activities from hiking to skiing, cycling to ice-skating. The city itself is something of a cultural hub boasting an impressive number of museums that cater to every taste. Art lovers will also have plenty to enjoy as there are range of exhibits and galleries to choose from. Whilst Oslo’s heritage is evident throughout the city, in the museums and impressive architecture, the contemporary world shines through in the bustling cosmopolitan centre. There are an array of fantastic shops, quirky cafés and excellent restaurants throughout the city.
A hatchback would be ideal for driving on all routes all year round, while it would also be fuel-efficient for travelling long-distance.
Driving in Oslo
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Important things to note
Always plan your journey and make not that journey times are likely to take longer than you might normally expect, owing to the great distances and winding roads.
There are a number of toll roads in operation. Tolls can be paid in cash to ESSO stations or online up to three days after driving on the toll road.
Drivers must give way to both trams and pedestrians. Note that trams have slow braking-distances and the tram driver will use their horn if you cause them obstruction.
Highlights & Hotspots
Oslo is home to a variety of historical buildings, so culture vultures should certainly spend a day exploring the Oslo Cathedral and the impressive Royal Palace. The Oslo Opera House is also worth a visit, even for those who aren’t staying to watch a world-class opera performance; the daring architecture is truly something to be admired.
The city is home to numerous museums, but for those holidaying with family a trip to the Viking Ship Museum is ideal. Here adults and children alike will learn about Vikings and their way of life. The museum is home to three Viking ships discovered in the Oslofjord region.
Those who are looking to enjoy an activity holiday will not be disappointed. The natural landscapes that surround Oslo offer a range of activities including skiing, hiking, climbing and ice-skating.
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum is located high up on a hilltop which looks out over the city. The view from this hilltop is nothing short of spectacular. In winter, this is where world’s best ski jumpers can be seen during the annual ski-festival. The museum tells the fascinating history of Norwegian skiing, which dates back some 4000 years.
Oslo Airport, Gardermoen is Oslo‚Äôs main domestic hub and international airport for Norway. Located approximately 22 miles from the centre of Oslo and is accessible via the E6 motorway.
Oslo is also served by Moss Airport, Rygge which is located approximately 37 miles south of the city centre.