Oslo is a large city, surrounded by sparkling waters and stunning forests. Monumental buildings are dotted across Oslo, while some districts still retain their quaint character of wooden houses and small churches. Away from the city, hiking, cycling and skiing are all popular activities.
The city of Oslo has mild, sunny days from May until October, with June to August being peak season. Constitution Day on the 17th May, is a national holiday celebrated with processions and children's festivals. Rock and music festivals are popular in Oslo, with five major festivals taking place between June and October. October also sees the Oslo Film Festival.
Oslo is popular for winter sports at resorts like Holmenkollen. Alcohol is prohibited in public areas and licensing laws are strict and heavily regulated. Smoking is also forbidden in public places. The cost of living in Oslo is higher than in the UK, although basic meals out are slightly cheaper than in London. Alcohol prices are considerably higher.
The fastest airport transfer is on the 'Flytoget', or Airport Express Train. This takes around 20 minutes and costs about 180 NOK. Regional trains and airport buses take longer, but can be considerably cheaper. Taxis start at about 750 NOK, and vary according to time, number of passengers and distance.
Oslo has an efficient local transport network of underground trains, trams, buses and ferries. A single suburban train ticket is around 30 NOK. Daily and weekly travelcards cost about 90 and 240 NOK respectively. Oslo Passes give free travel and discounted museum entry, and range from 320 NOK to 590 NOK. Taxis start at around 45 NOK, plus about 13 NOK per km. Oslo has a bike sharing system operated by Smartcards, which cost approximately 100 NOK a day.
Basic hostels start at around 200 NOK, while the price of other accommodation rises to nearly 2,000 NOK. Campsites are a cheaper option, costing about 195 NOK per tent, or around 500 NOK in huts.