The capital city Oslo in Norway has many exciting attractions, things to do and see. It's a great place for a holiday.
The best time to travel to Oslo is from May-October. The peak season lasts from June-August, and late summer is rainy. When it comes to holidays and festivals Oslo has lots to offer. Plan your trip to coincide with Constitution Day (a National holiday) on May 17th to see processions, and a Children's and Music Festival. There's a free open air festival in June/mid June on the first Saturday of August and in mid-August a four day Rock Festival called "Norwegian Wood". Enjoy the Øya Festival (rock music over 4 days) in mid-August and the Oslo Jazz Festival at the end of October.
A few useful tips before you venture to Oslo
Try winter sports like skiing in Holmenkollen. There are limited licensing hours in Oslo and Norway overall, spirits are only sold in some shops. Alcohol is prohibited in public areas with a no smoking policy in restaurants or bars. The cost of living in Oslo is generally higher than in the UK and London. Basic meals are usually a little cheaper than in London but alcohol is more expensive.
Oslo: find your way around
Airport transfers: the quickest is the Airport Express train "Flytoget" which takes around 20 minutes and costs about 180 NOK. The airport express bus takes between 40-45 minutes at a cost of about 175 NOK (return ticket ca. 270 NOK). Expect taxi prices to be approximately 750 NOK depending on the time, the number of people and distance. Backpacker hostels are around 200 NOK for a bed in a shared room. Three star hotels average will be around 1600 NOK per night, per person while an apartment is about 1800 NOK/night. Campsite huts are around 500 NOK/day, campsites about 195 NOK/night for two people.
Single tickets for suburban trains cost around 30 NOK or 20 NOK extra if bought on the train. Taxis are around 45 NOK start price + ca. 13 NOK/km. Bike sharing system, the Oslo Bysykkel, smartcards are available from tourist information costing about 100 NOK/day.