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Located on Norway’s southern coast, Oslo, a cosmopolitan capital city combines medieval history, modern innovation, and the great outdoors. You can admire Edvard Munch's iconic paintings, take a tour of the Ibsen Museum, or ski through Holmenkollen during your trip to Oslo. Rent a car in Oslo to explore this beautiful city at your own pace and desired time. One of the main advantages of a car rental in Oslo is that it lets you move between popular sites in and around the city very quickly.

It's your choice: Where to go in Oslo

Rent a car in Oslo to explore some of Oslo's most popular museums. These include the open-air Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and the Fram Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula. Head to Tøyen for the Munch Museum, known for Edvard Munch's masterpiece 'The Scream'. Høvikodden is just a short drive away. Here you can check out the Henie Onstad Art Center, home to Norway's largest collection of artworks by renowned artists like Matisse, Picasso, and Miró. Don't miss the many sculpture parks around the city. Consider taking trips outside of Oslo to check out the majestic fjords. Norway is home to some spectacular geologic wonders, including the Sognefjord, Nærøyfjord, Geirangerfjord, and the Lysefjord. There's plenty to do and see around the fjords. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy activities that include hiking, kayaking, rafting, and rock climbing. History buffs can explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Urnes Stave Church and Bergen's Bryggen district.

Things to do in Oslo

Rent a car in Oslo to visit Vigeland Park, the world’s biggest sculpture park designed by famous Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland. In addition to the lovely setting of the park and gardens, the grounds house over 200 eye-catching granite and bronze sculptures, including The Angry Boy and The Wheel of Life. The iconic Oslo Opera House is located in the central Oslo's Bjørvika neighbourhood. Watch an opera or ballet performance, visit the Education Center, or take in wonderful views from the building’s roof. The National Theatre in Oslo is the country's largest performing arts venue. It plays host to the International Ibsen Festival every two years. Head over to the Palace Park, one of the city's oldest and largest parks spreading across 54 acres. The park is home to the striking Royal Palace, scenic ponds, gardens, and sculptures of well-known Norwegians. Be sure to check out Oslo Cathedral, one of the city's most iconic landmarks. It's renowned for its stunning ceiling murals and baroque woodcarvings.

Important info about Oslo

You'll find plenty of options for booking a flight to Oslo. Several airlines provide direct flights to Oslo from major European cities and beyond. Oslo Airport, Norway's largest airport, is well-connected to various regional airports within the country. It takes about 25 minutes to get to the city centre from the airport. Once in central Oslo, hotels and other accommodation are plentiful in type and price level, so you'll be spoilt for choice. Oslo's dramatic landscape is dominated by fjords, fishing villages, and glaciers, all along a largely untouched coast. You'll find numerous scenic fjords along the country’s extensive coastline, characterised by dramatic cliffs and stunning waterfalls.

Weather in Oslo
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Country Norway
Language Norwegian
Currency Norwegian Krone
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +47

Good to know

Driving in and around Oslo is pretty straightforward, thanks to well-maintained roads. Make sure you drive on the right side of the road. The maximum speed limit is 90 km/h on motorways, and 50 km/h on city roads. There are plenty of toll roads in Norway, which you'll be charged for driving on. Wearing a seat belt is obligatory for both front and rear passengers. To rent a car in Oslo, you’ll need to be at least 19 years old, and possess a driving licence for a minimum of one year. Your home country's driving licence is valid for use if it's either issued in a EU/EEA country, or issued in English, French, or German. Using mobile devices while driving are strictly prohibited. The maximum permissible blood alcohol content level in Norway is 0.2 ppm. It's recommended to carry snow chains during winter.

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What to taste in Oslo

Thanks to the abundance of seafood and fresh local produce, Oslo offers a wide range of distinctive delicacies. Salmon is a Norwegian staple food, used in a variety of local dishes. Smoked salmon, or røkt laks, is one of the must-try local dishes, characterised by its unique flavour. Fiskerit Youngstorget serves some of the best smoked salmon dishes in the city. Kjøttboller, or Norwegian meatballs, is another local favourite. They're usually served with boiled or mashed potatoes with a drizzle of cream sauce. A trip to Norway wouldn't be complete without visiting Maaemo. Oslo, and Scandinavia, only boast one Michelin three-starred restaurant, and it's definitely worth visiting on your trip to the Norwegian capital. Maaemo offers fine traditional Norwegian dishes, made with only natural and organic ingredients. Here, you'll get to savour the freshest seafood, meats, vegetables, and herbs, all procured from local producers.

What to bring to your friends from Oslo

You'll find plenty of unique souvenirs and gifts in Oslo for your friends back home. A piece of handmade silver jewellery will make a fantastic gift. These pieces are the perfect fusion of intricate Scandinavian craftsmanship and contemporary fashion patterns. Beautifully designed and hand-knitted cardigans and accessories like hats or gloves will make memorable, and useful, souvenirs from your trips. If you are looking for something sweet from Oslo, consider buying a gift pack of Freia milk chocolate. Known as 'a little piece of Norway', this renowned treat has been tantalising taste buds for over 100 years. You can also pick up delectable souvenirs like the famous brown or Jarlsberg cheeses, cloudberry jams, or honey for your foodie friends.