Get to know Oslo, the jewel of the Scandinavian fjords
Built in the south of Norway, in the heart of Oslofjord, the capital of Norway, Oslo, welcomes its visitor through its special physiognomy. Surrounded by lush forests and impressive mountains, lakes and 40 islands, Oslo manages to harmoniously reconcile its past and present, while projecting a high standard of living that makes it Europe's fastest growing capital. The city balances wonderfully between the classic and the modern, the traditional and the innovative. Medieval castles are projected next to futuristic glass towers, bridges and skyscrapers conversing with palaces and cathedrals in an urban setting of exceptional elegance and functionality.
The acquaintance of every visitor with Oslo is a unique experience. The city unfolds its history and culture through imposing buildings, fortresses and cathedrals as well as the minimalist Scandinavian architecture, which leaves its imprint on key monuments of the capital.
The magnificent waterfront (Aker Brygge) on the seafront of the city, a meeting place, relaxation and recreation highlights a clearly friendly residential environment, accessible to all residents and visitors. Walk to Oslo and the Karl Johans gate, where the heart of the city beats. On the main pedestrian street that connects the royal palaces and the train station you can see the most impressive buildings that adorn Oslo. The royal palaces with the large park next to them the cathedral (Dom Kirke) of the city, the national theater, the Parliament (Stortingen) and the University building, are top examples of emblematic architecture of earlier times, in a fruitful dialogue with the Opera House (opera house), made of white granite and marble, which dominates the beach and resembles an iceberg floating in the sea.
Food and local cuisine
In Norwegian cuisine, fish and seafood have the first say. Dishes based on salmon, cod (klipks, salted cod), herring, and shrimp in multiple variations and cooking methods are the most typical dishes of the Norwegians. Meat-based dishes are also excellent, mostly lamb, beef, venison and reindeer, also in many variations. The famous Farikal ("dried" and salted lamb legs with cabbage and spices is worth a try. Also try the Norwegian national drink, aquavit, which looks like liqueur. Most Norwegian sweets are reminiscent of sourdough buns filled with cream or fruit.
The best season to visit Oslo
The ideal period to visit Oslo is from May to August. The temperature is at satisfactory levels, it is not cold, and, most importantly, the days have a longer duration.
How to move around Oslo
Transfer from/to Oslo
Oslo International Airport Gardermoen is 47 km from the city center. The airport is connected to Oslo via the Airport Express railway line, covering the distance in 20 minutes, with 6 departures per day and a ticket price of € 17. In addition you can travel to the city center by taxi, which will cost you 78 €.
The city is ideal for walking. Discover the city and visit its important monuments on foot or by bike. The city is extremely friendly to cyclists and has a wide network of bike lanes. In the historic center of the city any use of cars is prohibited, thus turning the area into the ideal environment for walkers and cyclists. Alternatively, move to the city by city buses, or by metro, which with 5 lines serves most of the city.