Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and is surrounded by tree-covered rolling hills. It is a unique destination offering a combination of city museums, great shopping, restaurants and culture along with outdoor activities. See the Aurora Borealis if you are really lucky and experience the Land of the Midnight Sun during the endless summer days. Explore one of the historic stave churches or take a boat trip along the fjord from your Oslo holiday rental.
Oslo is ideal for exploring on foot, by bus or by boat. Visitors can hire a mountain bike for enjoying the surrounding countryside in the summer. It also has plenty of parks and golf courses.
The hills around Oslo offer all kinds of winter sports including downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding at the 8 ski centres in the city. There are also skating rinks and toboggan runs which can be enjoyed in the winter along with sleigh rides and snowmobiles.Swimming
There are a number of beaches around Oslo which are easily accessed by ferry. Enjoy one of the outdoor swimming pools around the city which are popular in the warmer months. You can even go surfing at Saltstein which is within easy reach from your Oslo holiday apartment.
One of the most scenic railway journeys can be enjoyed from Oslo to the coastal port of Bergen. This 7-hour train journey is described as the world’s best train ride, passing some amazing natural sights. You can also extend the ride by taking the 20km ride on the Flam Railway to the tiny village of Flam on Aurlandsfjord.
The 14th century Akershus Festning stands guarding the headland and has seen many sieges over its 700 year history. It has been modernized and converted to a royal residence in more recent times. Guided tours of the castle are a great way to enjoy it and the Changing of the Guards takes place at 1.30pm each day.
The opportunity to visit the world's best preserved Viking ships should definitely not be missed. The 9th century ships have been wonderfully preserved in the blue clay surrounding them. The museum displays the historic Viking longboats and some of the artifacts found buried with them in the royal burial grounds.
Oslo has a milder climate than much of inland Norway due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. From November to March average temperatures range from minus 4 to 1°C (28-33°F) and in the summer it can range from 6-30°C ( 42-86°F). Norway is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun with long summer evenings and very short hours of daylight in the winter.
The main Oslo Airport (OSL) is at Gardermoen which is about 37 km from the centre of the city and within easy reach of your Oslo holiday home. Oslo can also be reached by cruise ships which regularly call in at the port.