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.
10 Reasons to Book a Trip to Norway’s Oslo Region
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.
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.
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.
What to Pack for Oslo
Norwegians tend to dress very well even in the winter. Keep in mind that the season of your visit to Oslo will help determine what you need to pack. Winter gets VERY cold!
Of course, summer is warmer in Oslo, and you can dress as you would in this part of Europe. But as expected the winter is very cold. Always bring a beautiful coat in winter!
Here are a few top tips of what to wear in Oslo:
- Wool coat: During the colder months a beautiful wool coat is essential for style and practicality. You will fit in with the locals with this one. For the deeper parts of winter a down jacket is needed as an extra layer.
- Comfortable boots: As expected, you’ll walk a lot in Oslo, so opt for a comfortable but stylish boot that you’ve worn in. You can’t go wrong with a smart Chelsea boot, like these. In the winter pair with good socks to keep extra warm. For hiking bring good hiking boots.
- Hat, scarf, and gloves: For the winter you absolutely need these to keep warm
- Camera: There are too many beautiful things to see in Oslo, you’ll want to take plenty of photos.
- Sunscreen: Nothing spoils your trip (and your photos!) more than sunburn. Remember to prepare with a good, natural sunscreen, even in the winter the sun is strong here so stay protected.
- Reusable water bottle: Remember to keep hydrated during your adventures; it can’t all be wine and coffee all the time! Bring a reusable water bottle so you can keep topped up.
- Tote bag: For those souvenirs and treasures found on your travels
- Travel insurance: As with any trip, you should ALWAYS purchase travel insurance in case anything goes wrong. I’ve had my fair share of travel mishaps!
Quick Tips for Oslo
- HOTEL: I use this website for scoring amazing deals on accommodation worldwide. Find amazing deals on Oslo accommodation here. I stayed at the beautiful and iconic Grand Hotel in downtown Oslo.
- HOSTELWORLD: If you’re traveling on a budget, this is the best website to score cheap hostel deals.
- VACATION RENTAL: I use this site for finding the perfect vacation rental for an unforgettable getaway.
- TRAVEL INSURANCE: Never go on a trip without travel insurance! It isn’t worth the risk if something goes wrong.
- GUIDED TOURS & EXCURSIONS: Many of the tours I recommend are hosted with Viator, which also works with local tour operators. Search them all here. I recommend picking up the Oslo Pass to make things a little more affordable.
- CHEAP FLIGHTS: Fly into Oslo Airport, it is easy to get to the city center from there. Get great deals on flights using my favorite flight fare aggregator.
- TRAVEL GEAR: A collection of all of my must-have travel gear are all listed here. Most important to remember is comfortable shoes and a warm hat.
- CAR RENTAL: If you plan to explore a lot renting a car is a more efficient option to get to the harder to reach places. You can book car rental in advance here for the best deals.
For more Norway inspiration, check out these posts:
- Three Days in Bergen, Norway
- 25 Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love With Norway
- Hiking in Bergen, Norway: From Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen
- 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!