Often featured on popular Norwegian Fjord cruises, Oslo has captivated travellers looking to learn more about the extensive Viking history across Scandinavia. Even if you are not interested in the capital's history and would prefer to do something else, Norway is a multi-season tourist destination offering a different scene every time you visit.
So, whether you are planning on visiting in the summer or winter months, here are a few of the things you can expect when you visit Oslo.
Caters To Every Type Of Traveller
No matter how you like to explore a destination, every type of traveller can visit Oslo. With a chilled vibe throughout the city, there are plenty of opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the Norwegian culture. Cool, authentic bars; fun museums and outdoor activities mean families, couples and even solo travellers can forge their own unforgettable adventure.
Thanks to Norwegians also being very friendly, you will quickly be able to find your way around town just by chatting to the locals.
Nature Is Always By Your Side
Oslo invited nature to its doorstep; national parks, pristine lakes and stunning mountains are all part of the city package. These are not only beautiful retreats but also ideal relaxation points to snap that jaw-dropping holiday photo or just admire the sense of tranquillity. If you would like to start your mountain exploring early, Oslofjord sits just below the city and can be reached via an extensive system of public transport, including boat tours. The area is surrounded by spectacular scenery, which Norway prides itself on, and it won't take you long to realise why.
Summer and Winter Destination
As mentioned before, Oslo is a multi-season destination. During the summer months, it opens its doors to all kinds of outdoor events including Norway's iconic National Day held on 17th May, with locals and children dressing up in traditional Norwegian clothes. For the more active traveller, island-hopping, hiking and cycling are great ways to get around and see what Norway's untouched corners have to offer. Finally, you might be surprised to hear that the city has some good weather in the summer months, with temperatures reaching up to 21°C.
For the winter months, you can expect more of a fairytale setting. As Oslo spends most of the winter months covered in snow, the city doesn't take long to adapt to the inevitable freeze. A lot of locals take this opportunity to hit the slopes and the most popular venue has to be the Holmenkollen ski slope, which is a short metro-journey from the city. So, take the chance to get out and explore or watch how the city unfolds in a local café.
While natural landscapes dominate the reasons to come to Norway, you shouldn't assume the country doesn't have anything to offer other types of travellers. Like foodies, for example. There are a range of must-visit locations that include Mathallen, a shopping centre that plays host to 33 upmarket shops and restaurants showing the best of Norway.
No matter where you head in the city, you are likely to find a great restaurant and Oslo also boasts a three-star Michelin restaurant (the first in Scandinavia) - Maaemo. If you are planning to book a table here, you will need to do it well in advance of your cruising date.
If you would like to take a cruise that visits Oslo and see what the city has to offer, contact our friendly sales team via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.