Mini guide to Oslo
Oslo is a dynamic destination with a spectacular setting at the head of a 110
kilometre-long fjord. It is the oldest Scandinavian capital, and was founded by
the 11th century Norwegian king, Harald Hådråda, who established it
on the site of an earlier Viking settlement. Liberal drinking laws have helped
Oslo create a lively nightlife; while oil money has provided support for arts
and culture, making it a thriving and vibrant city.
Oslo's attractions include medieval structures such as the Akerskirke (12th
century) and the Akershus (13th century) fortresses. Additionally, there are
ruins of the Cathedral of St Hallvard, the first cathedral of Oslo.
If you have time to visit outlying areas, you shouldn't miss the Henie-Onstad
Kunstsenter (Henie-Onstad Art Centre). Former skating champion and movie star
Sonja Henie and her husband, shipping tycoon Niels Onstad, opened this impressive
museum to display their vast art collection.
The city of Oslo occupies a space of 454 square kilometres; of that, 242 square
kilometres is forested. Within the city limits there are 343 lakes and the fjord
contains 40 islands, many of which are in close proximity to the city. Although
the region is mountainous, it is less so than western Norway, making more agriculture
possible in the region.
In 1905, Norway became independent from Sweden. Christiania became the capital
of the country - and was renamed Oslo in 1924. In 1948, Oslo and the neighbouring
community of Aker united. The city continued to grow despite the hardships of
WWII and the German occupation from 1940 to 1945. Oslo was known as 'the city
with the big heart' and as the door to Europe.
If you're travelling by car, the E3 and E6 lead to Oslo from Trondheim. Alternatively,
there are daily trains to Oslo from Stockholm and Copenhagen. Most airlines
fly into Oslo's Gardermoen Airport, which is situated 47kms from the city.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Golden Tulip Rainbow Hotel Stefan
Tulip Inn Rainbow Hotel Munch
Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania
First Hotel Millennium
Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel Oslo
Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel Oslo
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full list of hotels and online booking