City Breaks to Oslo
Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. A trip to Oslo, Norway’s capital, is a must see for any adventurous tourist looking for an unforgettable city break or holiday. Oslo is an easy-going city and is the perfect size to explore by foot; the city boasts world-class museums, a very lively nightlife and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy. Oslo was ranked number one in terms of quality of life in 2012. If you want to learn about the Vikings and their intriguing culture, talk to us today about our city breaks to Oslo from Ireland at the best rates available. Oslo is the capital and the most populous city in Norway. It was founded around 1048 by King Harald III; the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V around 1300. Oslo was known as Kristiania from 1887 to 1925, when its original Norwegian name was restored. The Norwegian capital is the economic and governmental centre of the country. The city is a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It’s an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. Oslo occupies an arc of land at the northernmost end of the Oslofjord. The fjord, which is nearly bisected by the Nesodden Peninsula opposite Oslo, lies on the south. In all other directions, green hills and mountains surround Oslo. There are forty islands within the city limits, the largest being Malmoya and it scores more around the Oslofjord. When you are in Oslo you have to visit some of Oslo’s large number of parks and green areas within the city core as well as outside it. Book a city break to Oslo today with Club Travel for the best deals on flights, hotels and accommodation in Oslo.
Hotels in Oslo
Best Western Kampen the hotel is situated in the area of Toyen, located close to the botanical gardens, Munch Museum and Toyen Baths. 200 yards away is a small shopping centre and the metro station which is just two stops away from Central Station. The Central rail station is 1 mile away
Radisson Blu Park Hotel Located next to the Oslo Fjord in the quiet Fornebu Park, the hotel is a 10-minute car or bus drive from the Oslo city centre.
Things to do and see in Oslo
Frogner Park is a park that you have to visit. It is a large park located a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Frogner Park is a public park located in the borough of Frogner in Oslo. It contains the world famous Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement designed by Gustav Vigeland. Various bridges, fountains and a well-known picnic area are popular for games in the summer.Frogner Park is the largest in the city, covering 45 hectares. The park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist and it’s the most popular tourist attraction of Norway, with between one and two million visitors each year. It’s open to the public at all times and there are no entrance fees.
Bygdøy is a huge green area, commonly known as the Museum Peninsula of Oslo. It is situated in a beautiful location, surrounded by the sea and it makes it the most expensive Norwegian district so when you visit Oslo on your city break, be sure to visit this amazing attraction.
Akershus Fortress and Castle should be on your itinerary list when you visit Oslo. Akershus Fortress is located in the city centre by the Oslo Fjord. It is a great place to discover Oslo’s history. Askershus Castle, which dates back to 1299, is a medieval castle and the Royal Residence that developed into a fortress in 1592, after which it was re-built into a Renaissance Castle (1637-1648). It includes several magnificent halls, a church, the Royal Mausoleum, models of the castle, Government’s reception rooms and banquet halls. It is definitely a must see for everyone while you’re on your city break.
The Munch Museum Art lovers will enjoy a city break to Oslo and the artist, Munch, is synonymous with Oslo. Edward Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and he is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The Munch Museum’s collection, which was left to the city of Oslo by Munch, consists of a large number of Paintings, Graphical Prints and Drawings. You will find films about Edward Munch’s life and art he screened during the museum’s opening hours.
Food, Drink and Shopping
Oslo’s restaurants offer Norwegian specialities that you have to try, including Salmon, Moose and Reindeer. Oslo is famous for its fish and shellfish and also Oslo Harbour is home to the best seafood restaurants in the country. Should the gourmet restaurants be out of your budget, don’t worry, as you are sure to find any food type to suit your wallet. On the social side, there’s plenty to do on your city break to Oslo, as it is the home to countless bars, cafes and nightclubs. The atmosphere is always inviting and friendly and the most popular areas to venture to include, the city centre, Solliplass, Youngstorget, Granland and Grünerløkka.The Norwegian capital is the shopping capital of the country and it offers a wide selection from the latest international trends to modern Norwegian designs and local handicrafts.
Oslo is a once in a lifetime city break destination. Come and visit this picturesque city. Book a cheap city break today with Club Travel.
Oslo Climate Oslo weather delivers surprisingly a warm summer (June to August), with daytime temperatures between 19°C and 23°C thanks to Gulf Stream waters. Those same warm waters prevent winter (December to March) temperatures from falling more than a few degrees below freezing. Average spring (April to May) daytime Oslo temperatures are 10°C to 15°C, while autumn (September to November) temperatures decrease from a 16°C September daytime average, to just 3°C in November.
Oslo Gardermoen Airport is serviced by Train, Bus and taxis. Car hire is also available to get into the city centre which is 47km away from the airport.
Currency Norwegian Krone
Visa Requirements Irish citizens do not currently need a visa for Norway