Yes, Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle are the two air carriers that operate direct flights from London Heathrow, Manchester and London Gatwick Airport to Oslo. The duration of the flight is 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Oslo is among the northernmost capitals in the world. Its proximity to the Arctic Circle makes Oslo winters extremely cold. Coming to Oslo in the summer, however, can be an absolutely pleasing experience. During the June to September span, the average highest temperature remains above 18°C and can go up to 24°C in July. This makes the summer months the best time to visit Oslo. It might rain a bit more in August than the rest of the summer months, but these showers are brief and would not harm your Oslo experience.
The cheapest time to come to Oslo, obviously, is in the chilly winter. Many Norwegians head to their homes in Oslo, in December, for the vacations making the prices a tad bit higher than the usual winter rates. However, coming to Oslo in February is the absolute cheapest time. By then most Norwegians are back to work in different parts of Europe, the city is covered in a blanket of snow and hotels cleave off accommodation prices to attract those opportunistic tourists who keep a mini calculator in their pockets. Commercial airlines are also kind to the travellers going to Oslo in February.
As the name suggests, Oslo Airport (OSL) serves the city of Oslo. Oslo airport is located further inland, about 45 kilometres away from the Oslo city centre. The international airport has served 27.5 million passengers in 2017, making it the nineteenth busiest airport in Europe and the second busiest in Amsterdam. The flight from London to Oslo is among the busiest routes of the airport, bringing 1.4 million passengers to the city just last year.
A British citizen does not need a visa to enter Norway. All you need is a valid British Passport to prove your identity at the immigration booths, at the airport. Please consult the Norwegian embassy if your vacation exceeds a stay of more than 3 months in Norway.
Oslo is the capital city of Norway and it is always bustling with business. Lonely Planet has named it as one of the top ten travel destinations of the world. The city’s architecture varies widely as it ranges from the Neoclassical to Modernist styles. Being a port city Oslo has fallen in love with the sea. The traveller can know that by watching the many boasts and ships leaving the harbour every day.
It would not be correct to assume that Oslo comes to life only in the summer. Osloites are warm throughout the year and celebrate by:Larm in February. By:Larm is a musical festival and a congress of the new and talented musicians of Scandinavia and has been going on since 1998. Tired of all the white of the snow? Turn the town black at the Inferno Metal Festival in April. Kids can enjoy a more family-friendly event known as Minioya in June, where the children can get their faces painted and dance to their favourite music. For the adults, it’s the Oya Festival that gathers crowds by the tens of thousands in August, where famous international musician perform and cheer up the crowd.
Oslo has a fairly comprehensive transport mechanism. The metro in Oslo is called the Tunnelbane or T-bane for short. The T-bane has 5 lines that connect a total of 101 stations. Tourists love the Tunnelbane and often buy the ‘Oslo Pass’ that allows them to move through the many zones that the metro is divided into. Trams complement the metro system and reach where the T-bane has yet to expand. The tram runs every 10 minutes during the day in Oslo. The bus network reaches into the nooks and crannies of the city where even the trams find difficult to squeeze in. Taxis are expensive but if you are in a hurry you would be able to find one near you in any part of the city.
There are quite a few five-star hotels in Oslo. Most of them have loyal customers that have been more than satisfied with the services provided at these institutions.