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The past. The present. And the future of Oslo. It’s all here at The Grand Hotel.
Oslo is on Central European Standard Time (GMT +12). Without calculating for daylights savings, it’s roughly 6 hours ahead of New York City and 1 hour ahead of London.
All U.S. citizens are allowed to travel throughout Norway and the Schengen area for 90 days without obtaining a Visa.
When traveling for over 90 days, though, you must apply for one. For more information check out Schengen Info.
Top 2 airports in Oslo:
Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL): This major international airport is only 29 miles from the city center, with 24-hour transportation provided to and from by train, bus, taxi, or airport shuttle.
Sandefjord Airport, Torp (TRF): This is the second largest international airport, and much further away from the city centre. It provides reliable transportation by taxi, bus, shuttle, or train.
When traveling, use Ruter. You must have an electric card, which can be downloaded via the Ruter mobile app.
This allows for the storage of tickets and the keeping of credit on ticket purchases.
Most places in Oslo are within walking distance, but for traveling outside the city, consider using Ruter.
Women are well respected in Oslo. It is generally a very safe city with low crime rates, but it’s important to always take precautions when traveling alone.
Be aware of your surroundings, and make sure you have your personal belongings with you at all times.
Oslo temperatures over the course of a year range from 19°F (-7°C) to 71°F (21°C).
If you’re hoping to experience warmer weather, the best time of year to visit is between the end of June and the middle of August.
The snowiest months of the year fall between October and April, with the greatest rainfall usually at the end of August.
The official language is Norwegian, but most people speak and understand English, Danish and Swedish as well.
Here are a few Norwegian words and phrases to learn:
Thank you: Takk skal du ha
You’re welcome: værsågod
Excuse me: unnskyld meg
I’m sorry: Beklager
Please: Vær så snill
Good moring: God morgen
Goodnight: God natt
My name is …: Mitt navn er …
Check, please: Regningen vær så snill
I don’t understand: Jeg forstår ikke
Do you speak English?: Snakker du engelsk?
Where is …?: hvor er …?
Call the police: ring politiet
Before you head to Oslo, understand these local customs:
Oslo’s currency unit is Norwegian Krone (NOK). Approximately 1 USD equals 8.25 NOK.
Exchanging money in Oslo is simple. You can exchange money at many local banks, airports or Foreign Exchange Bureau stores.
Oslo can be an expensive place to visit and live in. Taxes are extremely high, in order to allow for free health care, welfare, and education.
Tipping is not expected and very much appreciated. Usually people tip 10 NOK of the total price.
Like most European countries, Norway carries the same two plug types (C and E).
Your converter should look like this:
Tap water in Oslo is safe to drink. Bottled water can be purchased in supermarkets, kiosks, gas stations and delis.
WiFi is available in most places, so there should be no trouble gaining access to it.
If you choose to buy a service, head over to a Telenor or Telia to purchase a prepaid sim card, and make your passport readily available.
Oslo was named the European Green Capital of 2019, so it’s essentially an eco-tour in itself.
Here are some must-needed highlights for eco-travelers: