Oslo is the capital of Norway and is a great location for a Scandinavian city break. The city has a population of just over 500000 making it a small city by global standards. Wildlife and scenery is within easy reach.
Air: Gardermoen Airport (OSL) is the main airport in Norway.It is 45km from the centre of the city but a high speed train takes you to the city in 20 minutes. Another option is Torp airport but this is further away at just over 100kms south. Connect to Olso by bus service.
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Rail: Rail connections are possible to Stockholm and Gothenberg in Sweden. You can change trains in Gothenberg for Copenhagen and further afield.
What to See and Do
Oslo's numerous attractions include the following:
Holmenkollen: A more unusual attraction during a city break. This is a ski jump tower which has been open since 1892. All year round you can visit the top of the tower for superb views of the city. There is also a ski museum and numerous walks and mountain bike tracks in you are feeling energetic.
Akershus festning: This is a medieval castle built in 1299, located close to the city center. There are several excellent viewpoints to the Oslofjord and surrounds. The stone walls create an exciting atmosphere, and you can roam around in tight passages and staircases
Oslofjord: You can catch a boat to numerous islands in the fjord which is a great trip on a sunny day. There are numerous beaches on the fjord is the weather is favourable.
Bygd°y: This peninsula is accessible by bus or ferry and has a couple of noteworthy museums. The Folk Museum is open air and the Viking Ship Museum are close to each other. Close by you can also find the Norwegian Maritime Museum.
Tunnelbane : This is the name for the local metro system. There are six lines and the rolling stock is currently in the process of being replaced.
Bus: An extensive bus network uses the same tickets as the tram and metro. Jernbanetorget is the hub of the bus network.
Ferry: run from Vippetangen near Akershus fortress to the islands in the Oslofjord, as well as from Aker Brygge to Bygd°y.