It’s no secret that I absolutely love Norway. By far, it’s one of the most beautiful, adventure-packed countries I’ve visited.
Throughout Norway, endless forests, snow-capped mountains, picture-perfect fjords, and shining seas all set the scene for an active outdoor vacation. Meanwhile Norway’s cities offer fantastic food, fascinating viking museums, Norwegian culture, and endless things to do.
But did you realize that all of that can be found in the Oslo Region of Norway alone? Probably not.
The Oslo Region offers a special combination of exciting city life and the great outdoors. In the Oslo Region, you’ll discover culture, breathtaking scenery, and endless outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, boating, and skiing.
Simply put, the region offers everything you could ever want out of a trip to Norway.
Nancy Bundt – visitnorway.com
When we visited the Oslo Region back in 2015, we fell in love. And we know you will, too.
If you’re ready to experience a vacation like no other — a vacation that’s jam-packed with nature, adventure, culture, and vibrant cities and towns — then the Oslo Region is a great choice for you.
In partnership with VisitNorway and Norwegian Air, here are 10 reasons you should book a trip to Norway’s Oslo Region right now!
10 Reasons to Book a Trip to Norway’s Oslo Region
Norwegian Air/Norwegian’s Boeing 737 MAX/CC BY 3.0
1. Flights to Oslo have never been cheaper.
Norwegian Air’s vision is to provide “affordable fares for all.” And let me tell you, they’re doing a fantastic job realizing that vision.
With Norwegian Air, traveling to Norway (and elsewhere in Europe) doesn’t break the bank.
On my last trip to Norway from Los Angeles, my direct one-way ticket to Oslo was a whopping $199.90 (US). Incredible right?
Since discovering Norwegian Air’s low fares, I’ve booked five different round-trip flights, from Los Angeles to Europe, all for less than $500.
And before you conclude that Norwegian Air is just like every other low-cost airline — with bad service, old airplanes, and no legroom — think again.
Not only does Norwegian Air offer stellar fares, but also their aircrafts are brand new, high-tech, clean, and very comfortable. Their service is also top notch, and they prioritize safety above all else.
These are just a few of the reasons Norwegian Air is my favorite airline. Ever.
Norwegian Air/Winter Sun/CC BY 3.0
2. Direct flights to Oslo are easily accessible.
Norwegian Air now offers nonstop flights to Oslo from ten different US airports, which means that Norway’s Oslo Region is more accessible than ever!
You can find affordable fares to Oslo from major American cities like Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, San Francisco, and more!
Hagelund/Birdseyepix.com – visitnorway.com
3. The Oslo Region is completely underrated.
Most travelers haven’t realized the region’s potential as the perfect year-round vacation destination. And for you, that’s great news!
Less travelers means more authenticity, greater experiences, less crowds, and lower prices.
But trust me, it won’t stay that way for long. A region full of culture, bountiful nature, city life, and endless activities can’t stay a secret forever.
That’s why you need to book a trip to the Oslo Region now.
Terje Borud – visitnorway.com
4. There are tons of outdoor activities to enjoy.
If you love the great outdoors, then a trip to the Oslo Region will be a dream.
With lakes, forests, fjords, mountains, and sea surrounding the Oslo Region, the opportunities are endless.
Areas of the Oslo Region rich with outdoor activities include Hedmark, Østfold, the Lillehammer Region, and Akershus.
5. It’s the perfect summer destination.
In the warmer months, the Oslo Region is ideal for activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, and boating.
Want more? You can also hang out at Oslo’s beaches, go fishing, swimming, and canoeing!
Visiting Norway’s capital city, Oslo, is also a treat during the summer. You’ll love walking the city streets, shopping, dining on restaurant patios, seeing a show at the Opera, and browsing outdoor markets.
CH – visitnorway.com
6. But it’s pretty fantastic in winter, too.
Even in wintertime, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in the Oslo Region. In fact, winter is a great time to visit!
If you’re interested in activities like skiing, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, tobogganing, and snowshoeing, the Oslo Region is your place.
You also might not have realized that Lillehammer held the 1994 Winter Olympics. This makes the Oslo Region a popular destination among winter adventure sports enthusiasts.
Another draw to Lillehammer is definitely staying in the ice hotel: Hunderfossen Snowhotel.
CH – visitnorway.com
7. Oslo is a city you can’t miss.
As cliché as it sounds, I truly believe that Oslo is a city unlike any other.
Where else can you experience a vibrant, yet relaxed city that’s full of world-class museums and art, fantastic restaurants, and striking modern architecture, all juxtaposed with surrounding forests, lakes, mountains, and fjords? Nowhere.
Try as you might, but you won’t find a city as unique as Oslo.
Erik Jørgensen – visitnorway.com
8. The Oslofjord is an absolute stunner.
The Oslofjord is the gem of the Oslo Region.
Beaches, idyllic seaside villages, spa hotels, and great eateries all line the Oslofjord, making it a nice place to spend a warm day, playing and relaxing.
In the summer, you’ll look out onto the Oslofjord, and find nothing but sunshine, calm and clear sea water, little islands scattered with trees, and happy people fishing, kayaking and swimming.
Tina Stafrèn – visitnorway.com
9. You can stay at a traditional farm.
Another unique experience to have in the Oslo Region is staying at a traditional Norwegian farm. Imagine spending a summer day on the farm, enjoying the outdoors, hanging out with animals, and getting to know the farm life.
On rural farmland, you’ll get the chance to learn about organic farming, eat fresh farm-to-table meals, and maybe even spot some wild animals like wolves and lynx.
CH – visitnorway.com
10. It’s the gateway to the rest of Norway.
After exploring everything the capital city and the Oslo Region have to offer, the rest of Norway is just a stone’s throw away.
All you need is a sense of adventure and a train ticket.
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- How to Spend Two Days in Oslo: A Quick Guide
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life – visitnorway.com
Is the Oslo Region on your travel bucket list? Have you flown to Oslo (or elsewhere in Europe) with Norwegian Air before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
VisitNorway sponsored this blog post. However, all opinions are our own — as always!
Oslo looks great! I havent been to Scandinavie yet, but it is high on my list :)
Maddy & Mauricio says
The Oslo Region is absolutely stunning. We think it’s very deserving of that high spot on your list!