When you book car hire, Oslo becomes a lively base or a fascinating starting point for further exploration of this part of Norway...
Oslo is tucked away in the south-eastern corner of Norway. Reaching the fjord-filled panoramas of the west coast would take more than seven hours by road. While the journey is stunning, if you are looking to combine just a short city break with those famous vistas, you could instead consider trips to cities such as Stavanger or Bergen.
The peaks might be a little tamer closer to Oslo, but there are many cultural attractions in and around the city that make up for the lack of dramatic views.
The largest amusement park in Norway is on the doorstep of Oslo. TusenFryd is a 25-minute drive from the city centre and packed with family-friendly activities. There are fairground favourites, such as a haunted house and carousels, as well as appearances from the likes of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Find out more about ancient industries around Oslo with trips to silver and cobalt mines, an ironworks, a timber floating plant, and watch glass being blown into shape at Hadeland Glassverk.
Having a car in winter makes it easy to reach the ski resorts around Oslo. The modern resort of Kongsberg is around a 75-minute drive south west of Oslo, while Norway's largest ski resort, Trysil, is three hours away by road. There are many others within an hour's reach of Oslo.
Oslo Winter Park is a good option if you don't want to travel too far. The runs aren't huge but it's only 20 minutes from central Oslo so perfect for a morning or an afternoon on the slopes.