Top areas in Oslo
Oslo has all the character of a major European city, but it tempers this with a dose of relaxed contentment. The balance of daylight swings from season to season, and outdoor activities at forests and lakes dominate the summers. Many expect the long hours of winter darkness to put a damper on morale, but the opposite is true. With so many world-renowned museums, top-tier restaurants and lively entertainment options, it's hard to make a case for the winter blues.
One of the great parts of booking accommodation in Oslo is that prices go down in the summer, which is without question the best time to visit the country. This happens because July corresponds to a slump in business travel, which accounts for most of the hotel industry's annual business. During this time, tourists have the run of hotels in Oslo city center, though it's still wise to book in advance.
With the opening of the Oslo Opera House in 2008, Oslo cemented its position among Europe's modern, trend-setting cities. Old and new architecture alike is found in the city center. There's no better way to experience this area than on foot, especially during the marathon hours of daylight in the summer. A worthwhile tour takes in the Royal Palace and a few of Oslo's world-class museums and art galleries, especially the Nasjonalgalleriet and Historisk Museum.
Many hotels in Oslo are found in the old city, which is centrally located but distinct from the city center. The Parliament Building stands between these two neighborhoods, with the old quarter to the south. Guests of this district are close to quaint Norwegian restaurants, with outdoor seating in the summer. During the darker winter months, dining rooms and bars are cast in flickering candlelight. Oslo is served by Oslo Gardemoen Airport.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Oslo, click on the interactive Oslo map on the left-hand side of the page.