The capital of Norway, Oslo is the most populous and largest city in the country. It is also the economic and political center of Norway. It is also an important city for maritime trade in Europe. Many maritime companies and several of the world’s largest shipping companies are located in Oslo.
Oslo, one of the largest capitals in the world, is unique in a way that the city is set like an amphitheater. Oslo’s city center is close to the Oslofjord while the residential areas stretch uphill in all directions. Beyond the residential areas is the forested are of Marka where travelers would find amazing flora and fauna.
Oslofjord is a fjord, a long narrow inlet created by glacial erosion, in Scandinavia that flows in Oslo. It is 120 kilometers long. Almost half of the Norwegian population live less than 45 minutes away from this fjord. Oslofjord is said to be “The Greece of Scandinavia” thanks to the many idyllic archipelagos, beaches and smaller cities.
Oslo enjoys a fairly temperate climate mainly due to the warm air from the Gulf Stream across the Atlantic.
Oslo is accessible as it is served by three airports – Oslo Airport in Gardermoen, Sandefjord Airport Torp and the Moss Airport in Rygge. Oslo Airport is the largest airport in the country and third largest in Scandinavia. Just 47 kilometers from Oslo, it is the main international gateway to Norway. Several intercontinental flights are available in this airport as well as direct flights to most Norwegian and European airports.
Getting around in Oslo should be easy. It is known to have one of the most comprehensive public transport system consisting of their metro, the T-bane, as well as trains, trams, buses and boats.
Once arriving in Oslo, there are many sights to see and activities to do. The city has several museums and is full of parks as it is considered as a very green city. Here are a few tourist attractions not to be missed:
Built in the early 19th century, the Royal Palace was the Norwegian Residence of King Charles III and the current official residence of the Norwegian monarch. It is located at the Bellevue, a rise at one end of Karl Johans gate, Oslo’s main thoroughfare. The Royal Palace is open to the public only during the summer season.
Also called the Akershus Castle, it is a medieval castle located in Oslo. It was built to protect the city and had also been used as a prison. It is now used for official events and dinners when foreign heads and dignitaries of state visits. The Akershus Fortress is still a military area and where the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and Norway’s Resistance Museum is located. It is open to the public daily until 9 in the evening.
Located in the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo, it is a museum that honors the Norwegian polar exploration and features three great Norwegian polar explorers – Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen. The museum also highlights the original exploration vessel called the Fram. The vessel’s original interior is still intact and visitors will have the opportunity to go inside the ship to view it. The Fram Museum is open every day from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. It is best to visit their official website to get most updated information: www.frammuseum.no
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