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Welcome to Norway!

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COUNTRY QUICK FACTS

Capital City

Oslo

Official Languages

Norwegian

Bordering Nations

Finland 

Russia

Sweden

Currency

Krone (NOK)

OUR favorite Suggestions

The ever-relaxing Norwegian way of life is one to soak in and enjoy!

  1. Visit the Western Fjords

  2. Stroll through Karl Johans Gate

  3. Scale the National Opera

  4. Plunge in a Seawater Pool

  5. Vessel Viewing & The Viking Ship Museum

SITEs and Experiences

 

Oslo

 

Karl Johans Gate: Named after the former king of Sweden and Norway King Charles III John, this street is the main pedestrian street in Oslo. On this street, you'll find a wide variety of shops and restaurants, as well as many trees, flowers, and fountains. This street begins at Oslo Central Station in the southeast and ends at the foot of the Royal Palace in the northwest. Take a stroll and enjoy the quiet and peaceful ambiance that the city of Oslo has to offer.

Royal Palace: Completed in the first half of the 19th century, this beautiful stucco-clad building is the official seat and residence of the King and Queen of Norway. The palace is open to the public during the summer months, and visitors can tour the interior of the building. Information on these tours can be found on the official website of the Royal House of Norway. The gardens that surround the park, known as Palace Park, are open to the public year-round and are the only piece of royal property that's completely open to the public in all of Europe.

Akershus Fortress: Commissioned and built in the late 13th century, this medieval fortress was originally built to protect the city and provide royal residence. Throughout its storied history, the fortress has been used as a military base, a prison, and even a temporary office for the Prime Minister of Norway. The fortress is open to the public daily from 06:00 to 21:00; in the summer months visitors can also embark on a guided tour.

Oslo Opera House: Easily one the most recognizable buildings in the city, the Oslo Opera House stands majestically 

overlooking Oslofjorden, and is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. It's unique architecture and design allows (and encourages!) visitors to walk up the building and on the roof to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of Oslofjorden.

Sørenga Seawater Pool: This large fjord pool filled with seawater from the Oslofjorden includes a swimming pool, a beach, a children's pool, and a large recreational area for visitors to hang out and relax. Although it is a popular spot to spend some time in the summer, it is open to the public all year long as cold water swimming is popular across Scandinavia in the winter. Are you brave enough to plunge into the ice-cold waters of Oslofjorden?!

Viking Ship Museum: This jaw-dropping museum is the home to artifacts found from four Viking burial sites around Oslofjorden, including three full-sized Viking-era ships that were found during these archeological finds. This museum is famous for housing the Oseburg ship, which was excavated as part of the largest known ship burial in the world in the early 1900s; the ship was remarkably preserved due to the airtight and watertight mud it was buried in for centuries. The museum is open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00; tickets cost 120 NOK for adults, 90 NOK for students and seniors, and entrance is free for children under the age of 18.

Frogner Park: Located on the northwestern edge of Oslo, Frogner Park is the largest park in the city (.45 sq. km) and is the most popular tourist attraction in all of Norway. The park contains the famed Vigeland installation, more commonly known as the "sculpture park," that contains over 200 bronze and granite sculptures designed by the talented artist Gustav Vigeland. The installation also includes other works of art, including bridges and fountains. The park is free to enter and is open to the public at all times. 

Norwegian National Gallery: This museum houses the most extensive collection of art and design in all of Norway, and is the home to Edvard Munch's world-renowned composition The Scream. Unfortunately, the museum was temporarily closed in January of 2019 to facilitate the move of its over 120,00 works to the new National Museum, which is slated to open in the year 2021. The new building is set to have a vibrant plaza in front of the main entrance, as well as a rooftop terrance overlooking the Oslofjorden. More information about the gallery can be found here

Oslo

Practical Information

Arriving in Oslo

 

ARRIVING BY PLANE

Oslo Airport (OSL) is the main international airport serving the capital city of Oslo, and is located 35 km northeast of the city at Gardermoen in the municipality of Ullensaker. In 2019, the airport served over 28.6 million passengers, making it the second-busiest airport in the Nordic countries. 

Terminal - There is only one single terminal in Oslo airport, and it covers an area of 265,000 square meters. However, the terminal itself is divided into several sections indicated by gate letters that designate the type of flight that is being serviced:

Gates A, B, C - these gates are located in the north and west pier and are used for domestic flights within Norway.

Gates D, E - these gates are located in the east and north pier and are used for international, Schengen flights.

Gates F - these gates are located at the end of the east pier and are used for non-Schengen international flights.

There are also four gates located at the end of the east pier that are known as "flexigates" where the doors can be both opened or closed to handle both Schengen and non-Schengen flights. 

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Star Alliance member Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) houses a hub at Oslo Airport; if you are a member of any Star Alliance airline's frequent flyer program and are flying SAS into Oslo, you'll be able to earn miles towards your Star Alliance status.

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Budget airline operator Norwegian Air Shuttle also houses a hub at Oslo Airport. For travelers that are on a budget, flying Norwegian can offer you an affordable way to get to Norway.

Getting to the City from Oslo Airport

Train - The quickest and most efficient way to get to the Oslo city center is via the Flytoget airport express train, a high-speed train that connects the airport to Oslo Central Station in just 19 minutes. Trains typically depart three times per hour, every 20 minutes. One-way tickets cost 198 NOK for adults, and 99 NOK for youth (ages 16-20) and students. You can purchase tickets on the official Flytoget website, or at the ticket stations that can be found within the airport. 

Bus - There is an airport express bus known as the Flybussen that connects the Oslo Airport with the city. The FB5 route connects the airpot with the St. Hanshaguen bus stop on the northern edge of the city; the busses leave every hour and the journey  takes about 50 minutes. A one-way adult ticket costs 199 NOK (119 NOK for students or youth) and you can purchase your ticket online.

Taxi - There are over a dozen taxi companies that serve the city from the airport, each having their own prices. Generally, a taxi trip from the airport to the city will range between 600 - 700 NOK. To book a taxi, head to the information desk that can be found in the Arrivals Hall in the airport. 

Rental Car - Six car rental companies operate from Oslo airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. All of these are located in zone P10 down on the Parking level, except for Enterprise which is located in the departures hall. 

ARRIVING BY TRAIN

Train Station - The main train station in Oslo is Oslo Central Station, or Oslo S for short. Centrally located mere blocks from the Oslo Opera House, Oslo Central Station is a convenient gateway to those that will be arriving in Oslo via railway. Although the majority of the train services coming in are domestic trains from other Norwegian destinations, there are also a few direct international services from a couple of major cities in Sweden:

From Stockholm

Swedish Railways (SJ) - The national Swedish railway company SJ operates multiple X2000 high-speed trains from Stockholm Central to Oslo Central daily in just under 5 hours. You can check the timetables and book your tickets directly through SJ's website (linked above); ticket prices are dynamic and do increase closer to the departure date, so be sure to book in advance to secure the lowest fares.

From Gothenburg

Norwegian Railways (VY) - Norway's national railway operator offers daily InterCity trains to Gothenburg Central Station in Sweden's second-largest city in just under 4 hours. You can check timetables and book your tickets directly through VY's website (linked above). Prices are dynamic and increase closer to the departure date; book early enough to secure the cheaper Lowfare fares.

ARRIVING BY  FERRY

From Copenhagen (Denmark)

DFDS - A glamorous overnight ferry, dubbed the Pearl Seaways, sails from Copenhagen every night leaving at 14:50 and arriving in Oslo at around 7:45 the next morning. All passengers travel in private cabins, each of which include a private bathroom and TV, and the cruise ship includes restaurants, bars, a movie theater, and a sauna. A standard cabin with a double bed that sleeps two will cost €90, regardless of if you have one passenger or two. For a slightly higher price, you can book a double bed cabin with an ocean window view for €125. Prices are subject to availability, but these numbers give an accurate snapshot of pricing. Head to the DFDS website (linked above) to purchase your tickets; you can also pre-order any meals you may like to enjoy on the cruise as well.

Arriving in Oslo

Train Transportation Within Norway

 

Norwegian Railways (VY) - formerly Norges Statsbaner (NSB), the Norwegian national railway company offers an easy, efficient, and budget friendly way to travel within the borders of Norway. Not only do they make train travel within Norway easy and pleasant, but the countryside of Norway is notoriously one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire world! You can check timetables and book your tickets at their official website www.vy.no. The website has an English setting that you can select on the top right side of the page.

  • Tickets for journeys on VY generally have a few different kinds of options regarding fares:

    • Lowfare tickets offer the cheapest fares, but are available in limited quantity and are only available if you book in advance. With this kind of ticket, your seat is allocated for you, and the ticket is non-changeable, non-upgradable, and non-refundable.

    • Flex tickets are the slightly more expensive than the Lowfare ticket, but for the extra price you get to choose your seat and your ticket becomes both changeable and upgradable. For an extra fee, you can purchase a Flex ticket that is also refundable.

    • Plus tickets are the most expensive, offered for those looking to travel in a little more luxury; these tickets offer a more spacious seat (essentially a "first class" seat), as well as complementary coffee. As is the case with the Flex ticket, these tickets are both changeable and upgradable, and you can pay an extra fee for a refundable ticket.

  • Senior citizens (aged 67+) as well as children (ages 6-17) receive a 50% discount on any non-Lowfare ticket, and students (with a valid ID) receive 25% off of any non-Lowfare ticket. If purchasing online, you can select these options when searching for your tickets, and the fares will automatically populate according to these discounts.

Transport in Norway

Public Transportation in Oslo

 

All modes of public transportation within Oslo and the surrounding area are handled by the operator Ruter and are all subject to the same pricing and ticketing system. The modes of public transportation that are covered by Ruter tickets include all buses, trams, subways, ferries (aside from the Bygdøy ferry), and local VY trains within Oslo and parts of Viken county. Generally speaking, there are three main ticketing options for those who are visiting Oslo for a relatively shorter period of time:

  • single ticket is good for one singular journey with transfers (valid for 60 minutes upon activation)

  • 24-hour ticket is good for unlimited travel for 24 hours from activation

  • 7-day ticket is good for unlimited travel for 7 days from activation

Prices for all tickets are dependent upon the amount of zones that are traveled, which are laid out on the chart below. An official zone map can be found here; for reference, the entire Metro system is encompassed by Zone 1. You can find a detailed breakdown of how you can buy all of the aforementioned tickets at this page on Ruter's official website. 

Ruter Ticket Pricing Breakdown

Ticket Type

1 Zone

2 Zones

3 Zones

4 Zones

All Zones

Single ticket

37 NOK

61 NOK

85 NOK

109 NOK

133 NOK

24-hour ticket

111 NOK

138 NOK

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-

255 NOK

7-day ticket

310 NOK

549 NOK

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765 NOK

The prices in the above chart depict the prices of a standard Adult ticket. Both seniors (aged 67+) and children (ages 6-17) receive a 50% lower fare from the prices listed above. Children under the age of 6 travel free with an accompanied adult.

Those planning on traveling and sightseeing around Oslo for a handful of days may be interested in the Oslo Pass, a special pass designed to provide visitors with the most convenient and affordable way to explore Oslo. The Oslo Pass gives the holder unlimited use of all the public transportation systems as described above, as well as a variety of other benefits including free admission to some museums on top of extra discounts for some sightseeing, restaurants, and activities throughout Oslo. The three options that are available include the 24 hour pass (455 NOK), the 48 hour pass (655 NOK), and the 72 hour pass (820 NOK). Additionally, there are discounts on the prices of these passes for seniors (67+) as well as children (ages 6-17). Visitors can purchase these passes online or at a variety of purchase points that are located throughout the city. For more information on purchasing an Oslo Pass, visit this page on the official Visit Oslo website. 

 

 

This page was last updated on January 21, 2021.

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