The Oslo Gardemoen Airport is the main international airport in Oslo and is one of the busiest in Norway and the region. Other airports include the low-cost Torp Airport and Rygge Airport.
In 1740, the Norwegian Army first used the airport’s location, with the first military airport facilities being built during the 1940s. The airport remained a secondary reserve and airport for chartered flights until 8 October 1998, when the old airport was closed and an all-new Oslo Gardemoen Airport opened. In 2013, over 23 million passengers arrived in Oslo Gardemoen Airport and that number is set to increase year on year.
How to get around
To the city
The airport is located around 35km from the city centre. The best way to get to the city would be through the airport express trains (Flytoget) or the Norwegian State Railway’s Regional Trains. Both stop directly at the airport and are frequent and efficient. Another way to get around would be by bus and there are numerous bus services available, so check which one best suits your schedule and price range. If you’re travelling in a group and would like to take a taxi, there are many taxi companies at the airport, most have fixed rates that differ company by company, so be sure to browse around to find the cheapest one for your destination.
Within the city
All modes of public transport in Oslo and the surrounding county Akershus are part of the same ticket and price system. This applies to buses, trams, subways (t-bane), ferries and local trains and makes it very easy for travellers. All the modes of transport are equally efficient and affordable, so just be sure to pick one that takes you closest to where you want to go. If you decide to get the Oslo Pass, transport within zone 1 (Oslo) and zone 2 is free so make sure you maximize your trips to these areas.
Also, there is an app you can download to monitor the departure times of these various modes of transport so don’t forget to download it before you head to Oslo!
What to see and do
Oslo is known best for its snow-capped mountains, winter sports, culture and beautiful scenery. Here are some places you should visit to experience all of the above.
First off, head to the parks. Full of natural beauty and lush greenery (depending on which season you visit), the parks are an ideal place to experience Oslo’s natural environment. The Vigeland Park and Frogner Park are two iconic parks that you cannot miss. Both are great places to bike, walk around or have a picnic, but the Vigeland Park has the added bonus of having countless sculptures created by Vigeland himself and is Gustave Vigeland's artistic statement about the quintessential themes of life and relationships.
Another must see is the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, stunning not only in architecture, but also in the quality of the shows it hosts. Whether you choose to spend a night at the opera or watching a classical ballet, you will definitely be enchanted and enthralled.
To get up close and personal with nature, head to Bygdoy Peninsula, a lush setting surrounded by pine and cedar trees. Just a ferry ride away from Oslo, the peninsula boasts many other attractions than just the lake, including the Fram Polar Ship Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum