Oslo, which took its name from the present name in 1925, is a port city that attracts attention with its area and its beauty. If you are planning to travel to the city, which is the financial and cultural center of the country, you can get the information you need through the Oslo travel guide I have prepared for you.
Before I describe in detail the Northern European city, which is known for its high standards of living, I take first place to brief information that will help you get to know Oslo.
Population: The population of Norway’s capital is 658 thousand.
Religion: 70% of the population is Christian. The second most populous religion is Islam.
Official Language: Norwegian official language as in the whole country. You can also agree with local people by speaking English.
Climate: Oslo, where there are large differences between day and night due to its location, is influenced by the temperate oceanic climate due to the Gulf Stream current.
Area: The area covered by the capital is 480 km².
Geography: Located on the outskirts of Nordmarka, situated in an area that is intertwined with the sea, the city is located in the southwest of the country.
Economy: According to many evaluation organizations, Oslo, which is the most economically strong city in Europe, stands out with its investments in the maritime sector. The city is also the center of oil and gas production companies.
Currency: The Norwegian Krone is used as the official currency.
Time Difference: In terms of time, the city follows our country 1 hour behind.
Visa: Normal passport holders are required to obtain a visa through Vfs Global.
Duration: 2 to 5 days is enough to fully explore the city.
History: According to folk tales, Oslo, founded by Harald Hardrada in 1049, has been the capital of the country since the 5th Haakon period. The city, which has survived a series of fire disasters throughout its history, has become strong thanks to the shipyards and commercial activities established after the Great Northern War.
Transportation in Oslo
Oslo is a city where you can travel without a problem thanks to the public transport network that is called Ruter and consists of metro, bus, tram and train lines. The subway of the city called T-bane is the backbone of transportation. If you want to travel comfortably outside the system supported by ferries, you can take a taxi or head to the car rental option if you have a budget.
Enchanting visitors with its natural beauties, you can visit the city on foot or by bike if you are not tired.
For those who want to travel economically by public transport, Oslo offers daily and weekly ticket options as well as single-use tickets. However, ticket prices vary according to the lines covered.
Transportation from Oslo Airport to the City Center: You can take advantage of train, bus or shuttle options to reach the city center, which is 50 kilometers away from Gardermoen Airport, which is used for international flights.
Food & Drink in Oslo
As it is a port city, seafood has a significant weight in the food and beverage culture in Oslo. In addition to the pork, dishes with familiar tastes like beef and lamb are also the basis of Oslo cuisine. You can also try venison as a different flavor.
Almost every restaurant’s fish types are served by applying techniques such as drying, salting and marination. Those looking for a different taste can try Gravlaks, where raw Norwegian salmon is kept in the refrigerator for 24 hours and then served with dill. Apart from this flavor, which is consumed by the local people, I recommend you to taste the bread types, especially the village type.
Places to Visit in Oslo
In Oslo, which has become a very pleasant city to visit thanks to its original architectural structures on top of its natural beauties, religious buildings and palaces with classical architectural style await you in the museums operating in modern style buildings. In addition, some of these places offer beautiful frames for visitors to take pictures thanks to their magnificent views.
At the top of your list of attractions in Oslo, you can write the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and the Akershus Fortress, which houses the Museum of Norwegian Resistance. If you go to the city in summer, you can also include the Royal Palace, which reflects the city’s past, on your list.
Fram Museum and Viking Ship Museum are ideal places for geographic discoveries. Vigeland Sculpture Park and Munch Museum are popular among art enthusiasts.
If you want to have fun after your cultural tour covering all the places I mentioned, you can visit the famous shopping street Karl Johans with its nightclubs, bars, jazz clubs and cafes.
Shopping in Oslo
One of the issues I mentioned in the scope of Oslo travel guide is the only issue that may cause problems due to shopping. The reasons for this issue, which you will easily notice especially in clothing products, are the fact that the city is expensive in general and the sellers are not willing to negotiate.
Aside from the price, Oslo is a city where you can easily find most things you want. Karl Johans Street, the most important shopping area of the city, is the leader in this area with its shops of world famous brands and shops selling local products.
Frogner, Kirkeristen Sentrum, Akersgata and Steenstrups and Heyerdahls are the places to look for antiques or souvenirs.