Oslo & the East of Norway

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Norway has benefited from 'Scandimania': beautiful landscapes, jovial people and an emphasis on the great outdoors has visitors wild for the Scandi lifestyle. Oslo itself is replete with museums, restaurants and top-class hotels, yet easy to explore thanks to its compact size. The Olso Pass grants you free entry to over 30 museums and attractions, great if you're keen to pack in lots of sights. On cooler days warm yourself with the perfect brew: it's said that Oslo coffee is the best in Europe, and its coffee-drinking culture means cosy cafés serving myriad artisanal blends. A short boat trip can take you to the islands of the Oslo Fjord; pack a picnic and set sail to Hovedøya, which has beautiful forests and great swimming spots.
So close to the Arctic Circle and its wild, desolate appeal, Oslo heritage is rich in polar exploration, such as The Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum. Art lovers can view the works of Oslo's most famous artist Edvard Munch at the National Gallery or the Munch Museum. Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower is home to the world's oldest ski jump, a terrifying edifi ce affording stunning views over the city in both summer and winter, when the landscape changes dramatically as it's blanketed in snow. The Opera House is another observation landmark; visitors can walk on its modern roof for views across the city or catch a mesmerising ballet performance.

Head inland to the Jotunheimen National Park characterised by majestic mountains, glaciers, lakes and rich flora. Enjoy the view from the top of Galdhøpiggen, Norway's tallest mountain, or walk along the narrow, but popular, Besseggen Ridge.

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Best time to be there

September to May to see the Northern lights

Fly to:

Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Stavanger Tromso, Longyearbyen

Flying time

4-6 hours

time difference

GMT +1 hour


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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

The Voyage South

Nights: 5 | from £1,110pp

This 5 night trip to Norway's coastline's will take you from Norway's easternmost port and cruise down to Bergen. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Norway

Nights: 6 | from £2,100pp

Experience the world's deepest and longest fjord by sail boat on this 6 night adventure to Norway as well as hiking nature trails and exploring Oslo and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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The Voyage North

Nights: 6 | from £1,195pp

A 7 day sailing adventure along the iconic Norwegian coastline, taking in its sheltered waters and the dramatic polar north. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Hotel Continental, Oslo

Located in the heart of Oslo, just a few minutes stroll from the Royal Palace gardens and the shopping and restaurants of Aker Brygge, Hotel Continental... Find out more

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Adventure & Culture

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The Thief, Oslo

Each of The Thief's 118 spacious rooms is replete with luxury living touches, including rainforest showers, floor to ceiling windows and private balconies.... Find out more

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