There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Oslo each year.
The main ones are listed below.
Held for 10 days each year in March, this festival features about 30 performances – chamber music, organ recitals, cantatas, oratorios and other choral works – from medieval repertoire to premieres of new pieces by contemporary composers. All concerts are presented in the Norwegian capital's churches, with Oslo Cathedral as the main venue. In addition to concerts, the festival programme also features lectures, organ demonstrations and master classes.May 1: Labour Day (national holiday) May 15: Saint Hallvard's Day (local event)
This traditional festival celebrates Oslo's patron saint, revered for his defence of an innocent thrall woman. Many of the festivities are held in Oslo's Middelalderparken, a park on the site of one of the city's earliest settlements, and include concerts, guided tours of the park, and activities for children. A ceremony, with speeches by the mayor and church dignitaries, is also held in the historic centre of the city, with guided tours of this area before and after.May 17: Constitution Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the adoption of Norway's constitution on this day in 1814. Although Sweden still ruled the country at this time, Norway gained more autonomy than it had ever had before, particularly in comparison with its previous status as a territory of Denmark, brought to an end by the union's defeat alongside France in the Napoleonic Wars. Highlights include costume and children's parades, traditional family feasts and official ceremonies.First Saturday in June: National Music Day (Musikkfest, local event)
Inspired by World Music Day, this free music festival is Oslo's first major event of the summer, featuring performances of all styles of music at nearly 40 outdoor venues throughout the city.Late July–early August: Norway Cup (local event)
Established in 1972, this international football tournament for children and youths aged 10–19 is one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world, drawing some 30,000 participants from many countries every year.Third weekend in August: Mela Festival (local event)
This major festival held on the Rådhusplassen (City Hall Square) offers free admission to its entire programme of events, featuring artistic and cultural expressions from all over the world: music, arts and crafts, film, theatre and dance. In addition, the colours and scents of world cuisines are celebrated by the range of delectable delights sold at the food stalls.December 25: Christmas (national holiday)
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Oslo's Gardermoen International Airport is located about 35 kilometres (22 miles) north-east of the city centre.
Oslo is a very easy city to get around. The Norwegian capital's public transport system is one of the most efficient in the world. Furthermore, as many of the sights in Oslo are not that far apart, it is entirely conceivable to explore the city uniquely on foot or by bicycle.
Oslo's Metro, the Tunnelbane (also known as T-bane) is one of the most convenient ways to get around the city. There are six lines, five of which run underground in the city centre, stopping at Nationaltheatret, Stortinget and Jernbanetorget (Oslo S) stations. Service starts at 5:30 a.m. every day and ends at 12:30 a.m.
Oslo's efficient network of bus routes offers extensive coverage of the city, serving all of the main points of interest. All Ruter tickets (single, 1-day and 7-day) may be used on Oslo's buses.
There are six tram lines running within the city (11, 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19). Trams running on these lines include both older, high-floor models and more modern vehicles with low-floor entrances for easier boarding. All Ruter tickets (single, 1-day and 7-day) may be used on Oslo's trams.
Although traffic in Oslo is sometimes quite congested, bicycles are an excellent way to get around the city. Oslo Bysykkel, the city's public bike-sharing system, has over 100 stations in and around the city centre. Visitors can obtain electronic Oslo Bysykkel rental cards valid for 24 hours from the Oslo Visitor Centre. The price is NOK 100 and a security deposit of NOK 250 must be paid for each card. For further information, contact the Oslo Visitor Centre:
Ferries are one of the most spectacular ways to discover the city. Ruter's ferry network provides services from Aker Brygge and Vippetangen to Nesodden, Vollen Slemmestad, Fornebu and many of the islands in the Oslo Fjord. Other companies also operate ferries from Aker Brygge to the Bygdøy peninsula and from Rådhusbrygge 4 to the islands of the inner Oslo Fjord. Fares for the Ruter ferries are integrated with the other public transport options, whereas those for ferries operated by private companies range from NOK 130 to NOK 390, depending on the distance travelled.
Taxis are plentiful in the Norwegian capital. Expect to pay at least NOK 10 per kilometre, in addition to the initial charge of between NOK 80 and NOK 150.
Upon your arrival in Oslo, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Oslo Visitor Centre
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Norway. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Oslo.
Travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Norway.
As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Norway for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.
To find out whether you will need to obtain a visa for your stay, visit the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI):
Here are a few basic Norwegian phrases that will make your stay in Oslo a little easier:
Good morning: God morgen
Good afternoon: God dag
Good evening: God kveld
Good-bye: Ha det bra
No, thank you: Nei, takk
Thank you very much: Tusen takk
I don't understand: Jeg forstår ikke.
Could you repeat that: Kan de gjenta?
Please: Vær så snill
What time is it: Hvor mye er klokken?
Excuse me: Unnskyld.
Train station: Togstasjon
I'm (…): Jeg er (…).
I'm looking for (…): Jeg leter etter (…).
How much is (…): Hva koster (…)?
Do you have (…): Har dere (…)?
Where can I find (…): Hvor kan jeg finne (…)?
Where can I buy (…): Hvor kan jeg kjøpe (…)?
I'd like (…): Jeg vil gjerne (…).
And what about tipping?
In Oslo as in the rest of Norway, cafés and restaurants very often add a service charge to their bills. Even when this gratuity is included, it is customary to leave a few kroner to round up the bill. If you are especially satisfied with the service, you can leave a tip amounting to as much as 10 percent of the bill.