The Akershus Fortress near Oslo city hall in Norway

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With a water-filled vista in one direction and mountains in the other, booking car hire in Oslo enables visitors to discover what Norway is all about for most tourists: fantastic city breaks and adventures under nothing but sky.

Why go?

Arrange Oslo car rental with TravelSupermarket and see the nation's capital before journeying deeper into the wild landscapes...

There's a quality about Oslo that is hard to resist. It's difficult to tell whether it's the unhurried silence of the city's museums, the vitality of the nightlife, the fresh-faced feeling of being within minutes of outdoor pursuits, or something much more difficult to grasp. Whatever it is, it's a quality that will have you thinking about your return trip before you've even left Norwegian airspace. 

Sitting on the edge of the Oslofjord and surrounded by slopes, not even the unattractive tower blocks that dot the cityscape here and there can weaken Oslo's proud position as a city made for living: a city where residents work hard but play even harder when the weekend comes. Join them in the bars on a Saturday night, at a hushed museum on Sunday mornings or whizzing down a nearby hill when the snow falls. See Akershus Castle; admire “The Scream” at the National Gallery; find out more about Edvard and his work at the city's Munch Museum; learn about Norway's ancient seafarers at the Viking Ship Museum; or get active around the ski jump of Holmenkollen.

Booking Oslo car hire is a smart move. From the moment you arrive in the capital of notoriously expensive Norway you can expect to feel the pinch on your wallet. Oslo Airport is around 30 miles from the city centre and taxis can be hugely expensive. Even the cheapest public transportation option between the city and the airport (a regional train) costs around £10 per person one way.

While car hire can be more expensive than in other European destinations, if you plan to see more than Oslo city centre then hiring a car can be one of the most cost-effective options, as well as giving you complete freedom during your trip. Book car rental before you travel and collect your pre-booked vehicle at the airport or a location in downtown Oslo. Use TravelSupermarket's search tool to compare prices and book.

Where to explore?

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.