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Driving in Oslo
Parking in Oslo
In the city centre, on-street parking generally incurs a fee during peak hours - in the “yellow zone” this is NOK 14/hr and in the red zone, NOK 25/hr. Parking on the city’s streets can be restricted by time limits posted on signs, which will give a time range (in 24-hour time) under a blue sign with a white P. A blue circle with a red diagonal slash means no parking, and vehicles must not park less than five metres from a crossroads or pedestrian crossing - be aware of this when parking your Oslo car hire.
Road trips from Oslo
Oslo City Guide
Foodies will certainly find their place in Oslo. Fresh, local and farm-to-table or forest-to-table ingredients are highlighted, and the fine dining options are some of the best. The northern climate means interesting and different flavours, unique seafood and a fantastic experience for visitors.
For top-of-the-line Oslo dining, Maaemo on Schweigaards gate has three Michelin stars and a culture of innovation that makes for a meal to remember. For traditional Norwegian dishes, try Engebret Cafe which is listed as the city’s oldest restaurant with plenty of reindeer on the menu.
On the more affordable end of the scale is a huge range of diverse eateries. Asian cuisines are popular in Norway, with many inexpensive Thai, Japanese and Indian restaurants, and the United Bakeries chain is perfect for simple breakfasts and lunches all over the city. Gronland has great kebab and falafel fast food - and if your budget is very tight, there are lots of supermarkets and parks in which to dine al fresco!
Geography, Culture and People
Oslo was founded in the year 1040 by King Harald III, originally a trading place and upgraded to the capital in 1300. It has previously been known as Christiana and Kristiana, with the original Norwegian name restored in 1925. It’s the economical and political centre of Norway, and has long been a shipping and trade hub thanks to a handy position near both Sweden and Denmark at the northernmost end of the Oslofjord.
The primary language in Oslo and throughout Norway is Norwegian, although nearly 90% of Norwegians can speak a decent level of English! Visitors can expect a very egalitarian society and a lot of creativity - the city is home to many varied cultural attractions, from museums and art galleries to music and events which celebrate Norway’s history and culture, much of which is based around farming.
There is plenty to see and do in bustling Oslo with a rental car! These are just a few of the top attractions in the city.
● Museums abound! Visitors to Oslo enjoy the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, the Munch Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Viking Ship Museum and more.
● The Opera House is a striking piece of architecture, rising like part of a shipwreck out of the water. Here you can watch performances by the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.
● The Royal Palace and Slottsparken parklands are a great place for a walk or a picnic. At the top of the park is the grand palace, and in summer guided tours are available.
● TusenFryd Amusement Park is a 30-minute drive from central Oslo, easily accessible with a rental car. It’s the country’s largest, and is great for all ages.
For its very northerly location, Oslo’s temperatures and climate are surprisingly moderate. During the winter months - that is, December, January and February - the average temperature hovers just below freezing. In the summer, it’s pleasantly warm. July and August have the nicest weather. September can be rainy.
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