Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Although it
encompasses some 170 square miles. much of the area is lakes and farmland. The population of the Municipality of Oslo is only about 560,000. Consequently, the city is not overcrowded. Moreover, its numerous parks and gardens give Oslo a clean and open feel.
Located at the end of a 60-mile fjord on Norway's southeastern
coast, the approach to Oslo is quite scenic. The city itself is
surrounded by forest-covered hills.
As the capital, Oslo is the seat of Norway's government and is
home to its Royal Family. It is a business and educational center as well.
The downtown area is walkable by those used to walking
distances. Locals often use bicycles to get around and there are
places to rent bicycles. Oslo public transportation includes buses, trams and a subway system. There are usually a few taxis at the cruise terminal.
Oslo boasts more than 50 museums as well as many art galleries. There are also places of historical interest and majestic buildings
The main shopping area is concentrated around Karl Johans Gate. However, one will find shopping stalls at the cruise terminal as well as shops in other parts of the city.
The Norwegian currency is the krone. There are 100 ore to the krone. A value added tax is added to most purchases. However, cruise passengers can recover the tax by completing VAT refund applications when they depart Norway. Major credit cards are often accepted in the shops.
Above; The Radhuset (Town Hall).
Below: Oslo University is located amongst the wide tree-lined streets several streets behind the Radhuset in an area called Studenterlunden (the Students' Grove).
In the heart of the city are trees and parks.
Cruise destination travel guide - - Norway - - Oslo - - Overview