Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits uniquely at the top of the fjord, surrounded by mountains and hills. Collect your car hire in Oslo from one of the three airports, where Auto Europe offers car rentals, and start your adventure.
Explore the harbour front with offers some wonderful views and is hoe to local shops, bars, and restaurants. Take a stroll through the city and visit the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. If you go further out of the main centre you can visit the Kon Tiki museum, dedicated to Thor Heyerdahl, a world famous scientist. Alternatively, you could also pay a visit to the sculpture park of Vigeland, displaying over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. On your return into the city, drop by at Norway Designs which hosts many different exhibitions during the year and gives you unique opportunity to view many of the Norwegian designs.
Once back in the city hop into your car hire from Oslo and drive to Drobak, 30 minutes southwest, where you experience the city's 18th and 19th century streets and small wooden houses. Drobak also hosts Norway's permanent Christmas display, along with a special Santa Claus stamp. From here you can also take the ferry to the Oscarsborg fortress, entry is free. Another option is to continue driving south to Fredrikstad, to visit one of the preserved Nordic fortress, hosting buildings from the 17th and 18th century.
Visitors to Oslo, who enter the city by car, are charged. If you have an AutoPASS tag you are charged automatically, all others without the tag can pay at ESSO service stations or online. Driving in Oslo is stress-free as the majority of drivers observe the law. Oslo has a network of trams that have the absolute right of way, they don't stop for pedestrians. Information on driving regulations in Norway can be found here.
Parking in Oslo can prove to be difficult unless you can leave the car in the hotel. There are public parking garages, which all charge. If you park outside the city centre, you will find more opportunities to park for free and some you have to pay for, however cheaper than in the city.
Oslo is located at the northern end of the Oslofjord and occupies an enormous area of land, including 40 islands and more than 340 lakes. The city is home to many parks, hills, and mountains and has a green and open appearance.
Oslo is serviced by three airports:
Oslo Lufthavn Airport (OSL)
Website: Oslo Lufthaven Airport
Telephone: +47 915 06400
Oslo Lufthavn airport is the official airport for Oslo. It is in Gardermoen, 30 miles north of Oslo. From here, you can to travel both internationally and domestically. From the airport you can travel by the Airport Express train (20 minutes from the airport to Oslo) or Airport Express coaches to Oslo. The airport is open 24 hours a day.
Moss Lufthavn Rygge (RYG)
Website: Moss Lufthavn Rygge
Telephone: +47 692 30000
Moss Lufthavn Rygge airport is located in central southeast Norway. The airport is approximately 38 miles, or 45 minutes from Oslo by car.
Torp Sandefjord Airport (OSL)
Website: Torp Sandefjord Lufthavn
Telephone: +47 915 06400
Torp Sandefjord airport is located in Vestfold County. The airport lies about 78 miles south-west of Oslo. A drive from Torp Sandefjord airport to Oslo will take just over an hour. Like all airports in Norway, there are plenty of travel options.
Oslo public transport system includes buses, trams, subways, ferries and local trains. If you purchase an Oslo pass for 24 hours this will allow you free entry to over 30 museums, travel on the public transport system, and free parking in the public car parks.
If you want to take the train out of Oslo and explore other parts of Norway, you need the Norwegian State railway (NSB). The central railway station in Oslo is on Jernbanetorget 1, 0154 Oslo.
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