Flying to Oslo puts the modern architecture, dazzling design stores and gourmet cuisine of Norway's capital within easy reach. Flights are usually very affordable thanks to budget airlines, and it's not a long journey. With journeys averaging one hour 45 minutes, visitors from the UK can be there in no time.
Almost all flights to Oslo will land at Oslo Airport Gardermoen, which is around 30 miles away from Oslo. A spotless, modern facility, Gardermoen offers a choice of transfer options to reach the city. The quickest route is via FlytoGet Express Trains, which take 20 minutes, but Flybussen and OSL-eskspressen buses are cheaper alternatives.
Travellers will have a number of options when choosing their airline. Norwegian Air Shuttle provides most connections, flying year-round from Gatwick and Edinburgh and seasonally from Manchester. Scandinavian flies from Heathrow and Birmingham. Ryanair and TUI offer low-cost flights from London Luton and Stansted airports, while British Airways flies from London Heathrow.
Flying is the best way to reach Oslo for a wide variety of reasons. Firstly, travellers have plenty of airlines to choose from. With a blend of premium and budget fares, and flights departing from numerous airports in England and Scotland, visitors will surely find a departure point that suits their needs. Secondly, flying is much faster than any alternative. Norway isn't really accessible by bus or train, and ferries take almost 24 hours, so won't suit most people. Finally, Gardermoen's express train links are fast and efficient, so arriving won't be stressful at all.
Oslo has a brilliant local transport system (called Ruter). It makes sense to purchase an Oslo Pass, which doesn't just ensure unlimited transport in zones 1 and 2 but also provides huge discounts on access to popular attractions – and there are plenty to check out. Taking the ferry to the Bygdøy museums is a delight, with its reconstructed Viking ships, incredible examples of Norwegian folk architecture and plenty of other smaller museums. Visitors can easily spend a day there alone. Back on the mainland, the Holmenkollen Skiing Museum is a must for Alpine sports fans, the Science and Technology Museum caters brilliantly for kids and TusenFryd is a superb amusement park, with rides to satisfy every visitor.