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Oslo

Picturesque Fjord, Norway

Practical Info about Oslo

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

Currency

The official currency is Norwegian Krone (NOK), divided into 100 ore. Larger establishments accept major credit cards. Use of credit cards is widespread, with Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club the most common. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and major post offices, as well as many hotels and travel agents, although for poorer rates. ATMs are available in all towns and cities.

Communication

The international access code for Norway is +47. Local operators provide GSM 900 mobile phone networks and cover most of the country. Internet cafes are widely available.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112 (Police), 113 (Ambulance); 110 (Fire).

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Palm Sunday 13 Apr 29 Mar
Maundy Thursday 17 Apr 2 Apr
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Monday 1 May 1 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Constitution Day 17 May 17 May
Whit Sunday 8 Jun 24 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Oslo enjoys a humid continental climate. Although well into the northern latitudes, Oslo's climate is fairly temperate thanks to warm air being wafted across the Atlantic from the Gulf Stream. Summer weather in Oslo is mild and pleasant, with frequent hot spells, and plenty of long sunny days. In summer, between June and August, temperatures average around 54°F to 75°F (12°C to 24°C), but during heat waves the temperature can rise above 86°F (30°C). In winter, between December and February, temperatures tend to hover just below freezing. Winter temperatures average between 19°F and 30°F (-7°C and -1°C). Snow is plentiful in winter, making the city a great winter sports venue, and moderate rainfall is spread across the year, the rainiest month being August. There is great variation in daylight hours between summer and winter, with midsummer enjoying 18 hours of daylight (when it never gets completely dark), and midwinter getting a mere six hours of daylight. The peak season for a holiday in Oslo is between June and August when the sun shines during the long days of the midnight sun. Winter offers a different kind of Oslo holiday, when the city is coated with snow and days are dark, brightened by the glow of lights emanating from inviting warm restaurants and hotels.

Getting around the city

Oslo is a relatively small city and parking is at a premium so a car is a bit of a liability. Fortunately, there is an extensive and superbly efficient public transport system involving buses, trams, subway, trains and ferries, operated by Oslo Sporveier. The city is served by 50 bus lines and eight tram routes, all starting from Jerbanetorvet at Oslo S Station. The subway is called the Oslo T-Bane and there are five underground lines covering the city. All public transport runs from 5:30am to midnight, with tickets available from bus drivers or vending machines at stations. The Tourist Ticket allows for unlimited use within 24 hours, while the one, two, and three-day Oslo Pass allows unlimited travel on any form of public transport, and includes free museum admissions and other discounts. Ferries operate on a seasonal basis, between April and September, linking the City Hall to the museum-studded peninsula of Bygdøy. There are also ferry services to the harbour islands. Metered taxis are easy to come by, and can be found at ranks near shopping centres, city squares, stations and other gathering points. Cabs can also be ordered by telephone from a central office, or from taxi ranks. Much of the city is compact enough to explore on foot.

Oslo Airport

www.osl.no

Getting to the city

An Airport Express train and a variety of taxis go to the city centre. An airport bus travels between the Oslo Bus Terminal downtown and the airport, with night services connecting to every arrival.

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available to the city centre.

Facilities

Facilities at the airport include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, a post office, left luggage, duty-free shopping, tourist information and a hotel reservation kiosk. Business facilities are available. There is a selection of bars, shops and restaurants.

Parking

Outdoor and indoor parking is available for a fee at Oslo Airport (with outdoor parking the cheaper option).

Internet

Passengers can collect a wifi access code from one of the airport restaurants. This enables an hour of free wifi on the AIRPORT network. Internet stations are also available throughout the terminal.