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    Oslo - a brief overview

    One of the loveliest cities in Europe, Oslo benefits from a picturesque setting at the end of the mighty Oslo Fjord and an almost unlimited supply of things to see and do. Of course no visit to the Norwegian capital would be complete without a visit to the Munch Museum but if you can bear to leave the city centre behind, there’s plenty more to discover, including some excellent skiing spots in winter.

    As a seaside city, there are plenty of reminders of Norway’s maritime past too, not least in the immaculately presented Viking Museum. Back on dry land, expect seafood galore in the Norwegian capital’s many restaurants and a surprisingly vibrant night scene once the sun goes down.

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    Top 10 sights in Oslo

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    Akershus Castle

    Akershus Festning
    0150 Oslo
    Tel: 2309 3917
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    Opening times: Daily 0600-2100 (May-Sep); 0700-2100 (Oct-Apr)

    A huge fortified complex dating from the 1300s, the imposing Akershus Castle includes seven imposing state rooms and the royal mausoleum.

    Fram Museum

    Bygdøynesveien 36
    0286 Oslo
    Tel: 2328 2950
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-1800 (Jun-Aug); 1000-1700 (May and Sep); 1000-1600 (Oct-Apr)

    One of the toughest ships ever built, the polar icebreaker Fram forms the centrepiece of this museum, dedicated to all things Arctic.

    Holmenkollen Ski Museum

    Kongeveien 5
    0787 Oslo
    Tel: 9167 1947
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-2000 (Jun-Aug); 1000-1700 (May and Sep); 1000-1600 (Oct-Apr)

    A treat for winter sports fans, the unusual Holmenkollen Ski Museum is set within a former ski jump and covers the entire 4,000-year history of the sport.

    Norwegian Film Institute

    Dronningens gate 16
    0152 Oslo
    Tel: 2247 4500
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    Opening times: Mon 1030-1700, Tue-Fri 1000-2100, Sat 1200-1700, Sun 1300-2100

    Norway has a surprisingly rich cinematic history and this charming little museum covers all the major developments. Packed with memorabilia, it also offers regular screenings of classic Norwegian films.

    Munch Museum

    Tøyengata 53
    0578 Oslo
    Tel: 2349 3500
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1700 (mid Jun-Sep); Wed-Mon 1100-1700 (Oct-mid Jun)

    Norway’s most famous painter is the focus of this little museum which contains some of his most famous works – among them the now heavily guarded The Scream.

    Nobel Peace Center

    Brynjulf Bulls plass 1
    0250 Oslo
    Tel: 4830 1000
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1800

    With exhibits dedicated to each of the Nobel laureates awarded prizes since 1901, the Nobel Peace Center is a fascinating – and frequently thought-provoking – place to spend an afternoon.

    Viking Ship Museum

    Huk Aveny 35
    0287 Oslo
    Tel: 2285 1900
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-1800 (May-Sep); 1000-1600 (Oct-Apr)

    Part of the Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum is dedicated to all things Norseman and has as its centrepiece an incredibly well-preserved (and huge) Viking ship.

    Vigeland Sculpture Park

    Nobels gate 32
    0268 Oslo
    Tel: 2349 3700
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    Opening times: Tues-Sun 1000-1700 (May-Aug); Tues-Sun 1200-1600 (Sep-Apr)

    Set in the centre of the pretty Frogner Park, the Vigeland Sculpture Park is dedicated to the life and work of artist Gustav Vigeland and contains more than 200 of his artworks.


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    Tel: 02180
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-1800 (Jul-Aug); 0900-1600 (Sep-Jun)

    Begun in 1931 but not completed until 1950 because of WWII, Oslo’s monumental city hall is where the Nobel Peace Prize is handed out each year.


    Slottsplassen 1
    0010 Oslo
    Tel: 2204 8700
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    Opening times: Mon-Thurs and Sat 1100-1700, Fri and Sun 1300-1700 (Jun-Aug guided tours)

    Norway’s ruling dynasty swapped Akershus Castle for the Konghuset, a neo-Palladian stately pile, in the mid-19th century and still live there today.

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    Country overview

    From precipitous glaciers to steep-sided gorges and crystalline fjords, Norway’s natural beauty is impossible to overstate. The unspoilt wilderness of the Arctic north is one of the few places where the sun shines at midnight during the summer and where the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the skies during the long, dark winter. Further to the south, the picturesque cities of

    Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen are brimful of buildings showing off Scandinavia’s age-old flair for design in cosmopolitan surroundings. Beautiful though the cities are, the real wonders of Norway are to be found outdoors, with ample skiing, fishing and rock-climbing opportunities for the adventurous and nature lovers alike.


    Norway is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by Finland, the Russian Federation and Sweden, to the south by the Skagerrak (which separates it from Denmark) and to the west by the North Sea. The coastline is over 25,000km (15,534 miles) long, its most outstanding feature being the numerous fjords.

    Most of them are from 80km to 160km (50 to 100 miles) long, and are usually flanked by towering mountains. Much of northern Norway lies beyond the Arctic Circle and consequently, mostly takes the form of rugged tundras. The south is covered with pine and larch forests, and dotted with lakes, rivers and mountains.

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    Key facts

    Population: 5109056

    Population Density (per sq km): 13

    Capital: Oslo


    Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk)is the official language but Northern Sami, Lule Sami, Kven and Southern Sami are also recognised. English is widely spoken throughout Norway as are Swedish and Danish.


    Norwegian Krone (NOK; symbol Kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of Kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of Kr20, 10, 5 and 1. The 50 øre coin is now out of circulation.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European round two-pin plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Holy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015

    May Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Constitution Day: 17. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Andre Juledag: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Oslo’s public transport network works on a zone system that covers tram, metro and bus. Single tickets allow you unlimited journeys over one hour, and 24-hour, seven-day, monthly and yearly tickets are also available. Alternatively, pick up a travel card from one of the main stations and pay as you go. Oslo also has a huge public bike network, Bysykler, with more than 100 stations. Inexpensive 24-hour smart cards can be picked up at all the main stops.


    Taxis are easy to pick up but are eye-wateringly expensive with a steep minimum fare that doubles after dark. Some companies also charge extra for luggage.


    Nightlife in Oslo


    Norwegians tend to go out late because of the sky-high alcohol prices but really do know how to party, and Oslo has no shortage of places to do it in.

    Whether you’re after a jazz bar, simple pub or mega-club, there’s something for you.

    34 Sky Bar

    Sonja Henies Plass 3
    0185 Oslo
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    Perched atop the Radisson Plaza Blu Hotel, 34 Sky Bar has incredible views over the Oslo Fjord.


    Frognerveien 2
    0257 Oslo
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    As the name suggests, a stylish bar dedicated to all things sparkling wine.

    Bar Boca

    Thorvald Meyers gate 30
    0555 Oslo
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    Oslo’s smallest bar has a retro feel thanks to its revamped 1950s décor.

    Brooms & Hatchets

    Kongens gate 5
    0153 Oslo
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    Quirky décor, artisan Norwegian beers and an extensive cocktail menu have made this a local favourite.

    Fisk & Vilt

    Pløensgate 1
    0181 Oslo
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    A seriously cool bar-come-club popular with Oslo’s fashion crowd.


    Restaurants in Oslo


    While lacking the plaudits won by Copenhagen, Oslo’s restaurants are a generally excellent bunch with everything from Scandinavian classics to exotic cuisine from all over the globe on offer.

    Be warned though, prices, especially for alcohol, are high.


    Bygdøy allé 3
    0257 Oslo
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    Price: Expensive

    Seriously posh and just as pricey, Bagatelle is where Oslo’s great and good come to eat.


    Schweigaards gate 15
    0191 Oslo
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    Price: Expensive

    Oslo’s answer to Copenhagen’s Noma, everything on the menu is organic and delicious.

    Fru K

    Fru Kroghs brygge 1
    0252 Oslo
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    Price: Moderate

    Beautifully presented Norwegian classics and excellent cocktails.

    Beach Club

    Bryggetorget 14
    0250 Oslo
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    Price: Moderate

    An Oslo institution, the perennially popular Beach Club is where Oslo’s stylish get their (gourmet) burger fix.


    Rosenkrantz gate 8
    0159 Oslo
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    Price: Cheap

    Hearty local fare, reasonable prices and the best cakes in Oslo.


    Calendar of events

    Oslo Church Music Festival

    6 – 15 March 2015

    Venue: Various churches and cathedrals in Oslo.

    During this 10-day event, whose patron is Crown Princess Mette-Marit, visitors can experience a wide and diverse range of musical performances in Oslo’s many wonderful churches and cathedrals. The line-up includes regional, national and international choirs and performers and always attracts large and enthusiastic audiences.

    Nordic World Cup Skiing

    13 – 15 March 2015

    Venue: Holmenkollen

    Daredevil jumps, tight bends and eye-wateringly fast speeds are the name of the game during the annual Nordic World Cup ski competitions at the Holmenkollen ski jump, Norway’s most popular tourist destination. Large crowds are normal and tickets sell out quickly, so book before you go.


    St Hallvard's Day

    15 May 2015

    Venue: Oslo’s Old Quarter.

    15 May is St Hallvard’s Day, in honour of the patron saint of Oslo, also said to be the defender of innocence. Quite a sombre occasion, the day is marked by a ceremony in Oslo’s Old Quarter with speeches by the city’s Mayor, members of the church and other dignitaries. The ceremony is recognised by both Catholics and Protestants, who attend the event together. Guided tours of this historically rich area take place before and after the ceremony.

    Nasjonaldagen (Norwegian National Constitution Day)

    17 May 2015

    Venue: Royal Palace.

    An annual national holiday celebrating the day the national constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll in 1814. Parades of flag-waving adults and children led by various bands are the main event en route to see the royal family waving from the castle balcony.


    Norwegian Wood Rock Festival

    11 – 13 June 2015

    Venue: Frogner Park.

    This annual rock-fest features a veritable who’s who of local and international bands in the picturesque Frogner Park. Recent years have seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Tori Amos, Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Keane and Duffy take to the main stage. The Underwood stage, meanwhile, gives up-and-coming local bands the chance to make their name in front of large crowds.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Oslo


    Oslo has an almost bewildering range of options to choose from when it comes to finding a place to stay,

    whether you’re after a luxury hotel or a simple cabin. Either way, it’s guaranteed to be clean, stylish and relatively expensive.

    Grand Hotel

    Karl Johans gate 31
    0159 Oslo
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    Category: Expensive

    The white stucco Grand Hotel has a Nobel suite where the winner of the peace prize stays following the ceremony.

    Grims Grenka

    Kongens gate 5
    0153 Oslo
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    Category: Expensive

    Inspired by the Orient, Grims Grenka is one of Oslo’s most glamorous hotels.

    Hotel Folketeateret

    Storgata 21-23
    0184 Oslo
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    Category: Moderate

    Very stylish, central and in possession of a gym designed to resemble a 1930s boxing studio.

    Radisson Blu Plaza

    Sonja Henies plass 3
    0185 Oslo
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    Category: Moderate

    Centrally located, this 37-storey hotel boasts slick modern décor throughout.

    Thon Hotel Astoria

    Dronningens gate 21
    0154 Oslo
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    Category: Budget

    Affordable but expensive looking and centrally located.

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    Climate and best time to visit Oslo

    Despite its northerly location, Oslo boasts a mild, temperate climate similar to the UK. Winters can be bitter, although that does mean you can take advantage of the city’s ice rinks and nearby mountain ski runs. Summers, by contrast, are balmy and dry – at least in the early months. August is the wettest month of the year, so aim for June or July.

    Climate & best time to visit Norway

    The best time to visit is between mid May and mid August, unless you’re coming to ski, in which case the best time is December to Easter. Hikers and those in search of outdoor pursuits including wildlife watching should aim to visit in the summer months when the warmer weather makes getting out and about in the Norwegian countryside a real pleasure. Better still, the summer is low season, which means accommodation and transport deals aplenty.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +47


    Numbers starting with 800 are usually toll-free while those beginning with 9 are mobile numbers. The international access code is 00. International calls are often prohibitively expensive, so ask for Telekort (Telenor phonecards) when visiting post offices and Narvesen kiosks. Unfortunately, Telekort cards can be hard to find, so it’s often easier to use a prepaid card bought from a private company who issue you with a PIN and a local access number. If you have a laptop with you, Skype is by far the cheapest way to make international calls, and it can also be found at the occasional internet cafe.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones cannot be hired. Coverage is mostly good, but may be patchy in mountainous areas.


    There are many internet cafés throughout Norway and you can also access the Internet via public libraries, often free of charge. Wi-Fi is widespread.


    Shopping in Oslo

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    Key Areas

    One of the most expensive cities in the world, bargains are thin on the ground but quality most certainly isn’t. Akersgata is the place to go for a fashion fix with rows of designer boutiques as well as some interesting international and local names. Møllergata is home to the best homeware outlets, while Bogstadveien is the best place to look for a unique souvenir.


    Most of Oslo’s markets are open year round, with the exception of its annual Christmas Fair which takes place in November and December. The suburb of Grünerløkka is home to an excellent Sunday market where you can pick up anything from second-hand clothes to handicrafts.

    Shopping Centres

    The centrally located Eger is Oslo’s main mall but don’t miss GlasMagasinet, a beautiful large department store dedicated to antique and modern glassware.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Normal courtesies should be observed and follow similar lines to those of other European countries, with a few regional exceptions, for example, guests refraining from drinking until the host has toasted their health. Hosts and hostesses often expect an invited guest to offer small gifts on arrival for a meal.

    Lunch, generally a light open sandwich snack known as a matpakke, takes place between 11.30am and 12pm, while dinner is very early – around 5pm. Punctuality is expected if invited out for dinner.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Norway is safe to eat although care should be taken when purchasing food from unlicensed/roadside stalls. Norwegian tap water is safe to drink, although drinking from fjords, streams and rivers – however clean they look – isn’t recommended as even the most inviting-looking water can harbour parasites. Water that has been boiled or treated with iodine or chlorine tablets is usually safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis is sometimes recommended.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Oslo Akutten Medisinske Senter
    Nedre Vollgaten 8
    0158 Oslo
    Tel. +47-2200-8176
    Storgata 40
    0182 Oslo
    Tel. +47-2293-2293

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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