Oslo Flights:

Flights to Oslo

image of OsloOslo is Norway’s capital and largest city and it’s situated in the south east of the country at the northern end of the Oslofjord. This setting makes for an attractive city surrounded by mountains, and with plenty of things to see and do.

The main airport in Norway is the Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (airport code: OSL), located nearly 50 kilometres outside the downtown centre of Oslo. There is an express train that goes from the airport into the city every 20 minutes. Most flights to Oslo from South Africa have 1 transfer. South African Airways stops in Munich, Swiss Air connects in Zurich and a flight to Oslo with BMI makes a stop in London. Virgin Atlantic also stops in London. Flights to Oslo range between 14 and 21 hours long.

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The Tourist Attractions of Oslo:

Oslo is a city with many attractive and grand old buildings alongside modern and stylish architecture, parks and museums making this a city that should appeal to all tastes.

The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is one of those grand buildings and it’s located at the end of Oslo’s main avenue, Karl Johans Gate. You can enjoy it from the outside or during the summer you might be able to get tickets for a tour. There are tours given in English usually a couple of times a day on weekdays but tickets should be bought in advance from post offices. If there are spare tickets they will be sold on the day at the palace but you shouldn’t rely on getting them this way as demand is high.

Oslo Opera House
In stark contrast to the classical architecture of the Royal Palace is the Oslo Opera House. This modern architectural creation has been awarded several design prizes and is boat like in appearance. Check whether there are any performances taking place while you’re visiting Oslo.

Akershus Festning
Just outside Oslo city centre is this medieval castle and fortress that was built in 1299. It’s a fun place to wander around and there are two museums on site to find out more about the place. There are also some great views of the fjord from here.

Oslo Museums
As well as those two museums within the castle Oslo has numerous other museum offerings. These include the Munch Museum which showcases Norway’s most famous artist Edward Munch who painted popular works like The Scream, plus you can visit the National Gallery to see more Norwegian and international art.

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is a fun place to visit for all ages. This open air museum features old buildings from different periods in Norway’s history. The Viking Ship Museum is another popular Oslo museum and has on display two 1200 year old Viking ships plus artefacts and a Viking burial chamber.

If you liked the Viking boats you can also visit the Norwegian Maritime Museum where there are many more boats on display from other periods in the country’s history.

When Should You Visit?:

Summers are the best time to visit Oslo as the weather can be pleasant and all of the city’s attractions should be open. July is the warmest month with an average high of 21.5C though it is humid during the summer and these months also have the highest rainfall of the year. Winters are cool and snowy with most snowfall between December and March.

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