Archive for the ‘Oslo’ Category


Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Oslo is the capital of Norway and is nestled right between the Oslo Fjord and the Oslomarka, noted for its rolling green hills and mountainous regions. It also happens to be Norway’s largest city and is home to more than 500 thousand people as of 2008, 25% of which are immigrants from various countries such as Pakistan, Sweden, and Sri Lanka.

A visit to Norway’s busiest thoroughfare, Karl Johan’s Gate, is one sure way to get a full glimpse of Oslo. Many of the city’s historical structures such as the Royal Palace, the Parliament Building, and as well as various theaters and universities are situated here. Glimpse the endless days of the midnight sun in Olso after a full day of seeing the sights. The city has no shortage of recreation activities and sights with its parks, museums, restaurants, and trendy shopping places. Swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter are popular activities of locals and visitors alike. In the winter, the city transforms into a winter wonderland basking under the glow of the northern lights.

Getting around Oslo is easy because of the efficient public transportation. Buses, trains, and trams are the most common ways of going around the city, and they can be accessed using hourly, daily, or weekly tickets. Car and bike rentals are also available. Petty crimes exist in most big cities, Oslo included, although a daytime stroll through most of the city streets poses no threats to safety. If you want to avoid crowds while visiting Oslo, avoid the peak tourist season which starts from June and ends in August.

Americans do not need a visa for a visit of three months or less. In special cases, multiple entry visas may be given within a span of 6-12 months. Extensions on visas may be granted in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Proof of enough money to cover travel and accommodation costs may be required at the border.