Summer in Oslo is mild and warm with temperatures on average between 19 and 24 degrees Celsius. During the summer months of June to August, there is plenty to keep you occupied, from museums, to the Vigeland sculpture park and also the numerous events which take place across the city. The Oya Festival, for instance, is one of the most popular music festivals in Norway. Famous names and up-and-coming international acts take to the stage for this festival, which attracts tens of thousands of people. This event takes place every summer, usually in the month of August but check for the exact dates when booking a flight to Oslo.
Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures from around -7 up to -1 degrees. If you’re into winter sports, this is the perfect time to take a flight to Oslo due to the ideal weather conditions. Snow usually falls from November to April but settles from January through March. Skiing and snowboarding in Oslo is unique. No other capital in the world offers the buzz of city life with cross-country ski-trails only around 20 minutes away on the metro. This makes it a wonderful destination for groups or families who want an active winter break.
Due to the city’s northern latitude, during midsummer, Oslo experiences more than 18 hours of daylight and the city never gets completely dark at night, whereas midwinter only sees around 6 hours.
Oslo may be one of the more expensive cities in Europe, but there are ways to enjoy Norway’s sophisticated capital without melting the plastic. The first thing is to find cheap flights to Oslo and take the bus to the centre of the city. Another tip is to buy an Oslo Pass, which provides free public transport, free admission to museums and sights and even discounted ice-skate hire.
Cross the harbour by boat to the Bygdoy peninsula, where you’ll find several fascinating museums including the Viking Ship Museum, Norwegian Folk Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, which tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl who in 1947 sailed 4,000 miles across the Pacific in a raft, and Fram Museum, which tells the stories of the polar explorers.
Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures populate the Vigeland sculpture park. Oslo’s most popular attraction is Vigeland Park, an enormous green space of lawns, trees and duck ponds. The park is named after famous Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. More than 200 of Vigeland’s life-size statues are scattered through the park, showcasing 40 years of his work portraying the human form in a range of poses and emotions. The park’s most impressive piece, the Monolith, is an enormous mass of twisting, writhing bodies carved from a single column of stone. The piece is located in the park’s centre and is believed to be the largest granite sculpture in the world. Many more sculptures can be found in the Vigeland Museum, which is close to the park and also showcases the artist’s development through sketches and plaster originals.
Oslo is the perfect year-round destination so your visit will depend on whether you’d like to explore the city during the long days in some summer sun or would rather be gliding down the numerous ski slopes.
To get to Oslo from other major European cities, you can get a train or bus. Oslo’s port also has daily ferry arrivals from Kiel, Germany and Denmark’s Frederikshavn and Copenhagen. Getting around in Oslo is easy. Buses, trams and the underground metro (T-bane) comprise an efficient and affordable public transport system.
Oslo Airport (OSL) is situated 29 miles (47km) northeast of Oslo. Once your flight lands an airport bus will take you from the arrivals gate to the Oslo Bus Terminal in the city centre. You can also catch the Airport Express train or hail a cab.