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Norway's capital city, Oslo often attracts city-break visitors looking for something a little different. It's packed with museums of all kinds - including one about an adventurer's raft voyage to French Polynesia - and brimming with world-class eateries that offer both amazing local cuisine and globally influenced dishes.
Nearly 1,000 years old, Oslo also home to some of Norway's finest medieval structures, including the beautiful Akershus Castle on the waterfront.
When you’ve seen the city, escape to the nearby countryside to try your hand at a diverse range of outdoor pursuits, such as skiing and hiking.
Oslo can be an expensive city in which to stay, though it is possible to find cheap hotels in Oslo if you book early enough. Use TravelSupermarket’s search tool and you can compare the best hotel deals all in one place.
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Hotels are in good supply, with the majority neatly contained within the city's compact centre, making them a great base for exploring Oslo on foot.
Among them are some truly stunning resting places, with many of the luxury hotels in Oslo boasting a designer's touch and facilities such as spas, rooftop bars, fabulous suites, and top-class restaurants. But fortunately, given the notoriously expensive nature of holidays to Norway, Oslo also has some decent budget hotels, many of which are run by international chains.
Those with hotels in Oslo include Norwegian brand Thon, Radisson Blu, Best Western, Scandic, Comfort, Doubletree by Hilton, Park Inn and Clarion. Just remember to book early to get a bargain as leaving it to the last minute in Oslo is unlikely to pay off.
And look out for Oslo hotels in the central “Quadrangle” if you plan to tour the city's attractions. Sentrum, or city centre, is where you'll find the harbour Bjørvika, while Karl Johans Gate - a part-pedestrianised street with great shopping, restaurants and buildings of note - slashes across the central area where many tourist hotels are located. However, there are also great hotel options near Oslo Opera House, which sits in Bjørvika on the waters of the Oslofjord.
Further out, leafy Frogner is an exclusive enclave of shops, eateries, and five-star boutique hotels to the west of the centre, while Grünerløkka in the north has a bohemian atmosphere, complete with trendy bars and independent shops.
History and art collide with elegance in the Norwegian capital and you’ll soon be adding more to this list of top attractions…
Top five attractions
Before his death in 1940, Edvard Munch bequeathed most of work to Oslo. The resulting, charmingly shabby museum gives visitors a fascinating look inside the mind of the man who gave us 'The Scream'. Be warned, however, as his most famous painting isn't housed here - just a version of it.
An impressive medieval fortress built to protect Oslo from marauders.
Viking Ship Museum
As well as fearsome raiders, the Vikings were traders and colonialists who left an enduring mark on the UK. Learn about their life here.
Vigeland Sculpture Park
This is the world's largest sculpture park dedicated to a single artist - Gustav Vigeland.
This neighbourhood is home to a world famous ski jump, now an Oslo landmark.
Join the fun-loving locals at any of these annual events in Oslo – your photograph album will reap the benefits!
Holmenkollen Ski Festival; March: Join the crowds watching the world's best ski jumpers perform their awe-inspiring sport.
Norwegian Constitution Day; May: Food, beer, street parties and singing are on the agenda as Norwegians celebrate their national day every May 17.
Norwegian Woods rock festival; June: If you like it loud, you'll love this annual, open air gathering of big rock names that have in the past included Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan and David Bowie.