Verdant forests. Rolling Hills. Crystal-clear lakes. Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport is definitely nature’s work of art, but it’s also a cultural centre where many world-class museums and galleries call home. Visitors are also drawn to its thriving café and bar culture, delicious cuisine and cosmopolitan culture.
Originally used by the Norwegian Army in 1740, Oslo Airport is the main airport serving the capital of Norway. It’s the second-busiest airport in the Nordic region and the largest of the three major international airports located around Oslo. At 16,500 sq ft, the departure duty-free shopping area is the largest in Europe. In fact, half the airport’s income comes from these shops. Feel free to enjoy a spot of retail therapy before or in-between flights.
What to see & do in Oslo
Many visitors will begin their tour by visiting the city’s important landmarks. One of the most famous buildings in Norway is the Royal Palace. The official home of the King and Queen, it is open to the public in the summer. Take an hour-long guided tour of the Palace’s impressive rooms, including the Council Chamber and the Great Hall.
Next, learn about Oslo’s history at the Museum of Cultural History. Amongst its many impressive prehistoric and medieval exhibits, the Viking Ship Museum stands out. Before being founded a millennium ago, Oslo was originally a large Viking settlement and traces of its past can be explored with the museum’s three magnificent ships that were discovered within ancient burial mounds. You can also learn about Norway’s role in fighting the occupying Nazis from 1940 to 1945 at the Norwegian Resistance Museum.
Oslo is an art-lovers heaven – and you could probably tell, judging from the many sculptures lining the city’s public spaces; Frogner Park alone has 212 of them. Visit the world’s principal Munch Museum, which honours the great Edvard Munch; admire the masterpieces of Cézanne, Gaugin and Manet at the National Gallery; get your fix of modern art at the Astrup Fearnley Museum by the waterside or the National Museum of Modern Art, with its 5,000 pieces on display. If museums and galleries are a big part of your itinerary, you should invest in the Oslo Pass, which will give you access to 30-over museums via various forms of public transport.
Getting around Oslo on foot is easy due to the city’s small size. Get a taste of the Scandinavian way of living through a stroll about Grünerløkka – a treasure trove of cafés, restaurants, and boutiques. Or, follow the river from Aker Brygge and meander past the Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo City Hall, the Akershus Fortress and the grand Opera House. Frogner, a trendy, upmarket neighbourhood, offers a glimpse into the lifestyles of the city’s affluent.
Enter foodie haven with Oslo’s numerous many restaurants, cafes and bars. Restaurants along the Oslofjord serve up succulent seafood and fresh sushi. You can also find pizzas, tasty tapas and steakhouses. Do take note that alcohol prices in Oslo are significantly higher than those in most other countries.
If you’re bored of the concrete jungle, it’s time to explore Oslo’s landscape. A short ferry ride will take you to one of Oslo’s surrounding islands, like Hovedøya and Gressholmen, where you can seek refuge in a serene winter wonderland during colder months, and a lively retreat for picnickers and sunbathers during the summer. Skiing is a popular activity in Oslo. The Oslo Winter Park and Kongsberg offer slopes for all levels of ability. The mountains are also perfect for summer hikes. Be sure to come with your family or loved ones!
Visitors travelling from the airport to the city can consider taking a train, bus or cab. Flytoget, in particular, operates high-speed express trains that will get you to Oslo Central Station in just 20 minutes. The public transport system in Oslo is comprehensive and consists of a network of buses, trains, trams, metro and boats. You can get free maps and buy tickets at the Ruter Service Centres, the information centre for public transport in Oslo. These can be found in many key locations, including just outside Oslo Central Station and Oslo Airport. The public transport system goes by a zone system; the cost of each trip is priced based on the number of zones you pass through.
Did you know…?
While the ships at the Viking Ship Museum are on display along with a great deal of information about them, on going research is still conducted to make way for new discoveries about Oslo’s Viking ancestry.
How to get to Oslo
Situated along major air and sea routes, Oslo Airport connects to about 115 international and 28 domestic destinations. For cheap flight options, visit Skyscanner and compare the different airline offerings available to suit every budget.
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