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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Oslo

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Oslo each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

On that day, Oslovians gather in various parks for picnic parties organised by labour unions. It is an opportunity for workers to meet other colleagues in a festive atmosphere

May 15: Saint Hallvard's Day (local event)

This traditional festival celebrates Oslo's patron saint. Festivities give way to a ceremony, with speeches by the mayor, as well as various cultural events (conferences, guided tours of the historic centre), to introduce visitors to the Norwegian capital's unusual tourist sites.

May 17: Constitution Day (national event)

Commemorates the adoption of Norway's constitution on this day in 1814, granting the country more independence from Denmark. Highlights include costume and children's parades, traditional family feasts and official ceremonies.

First Saturday in June: Musikkfest festival (local event)

The Musikkfest free music festival is Oslo's first major event of the summer, featuring performances of all styles of music by both Norwegian and international artists at nearly 30 outdoor venues throughout the city.

Fourth week in July: Norway Cup (local event)

Established in 1972, this international football tournament for children and youths aged 10–19 is one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world, drawing some 30,000 participants from many countries every year.

Second week in August: Mela Festival (local event)

This major festival held on the Rådhusplassen (City Hall Square) offers free admission to its entire programme of events, featuring artistic and cultural expressions from all over the world: music, arts and crafts, film, theatre and dance. In addition, the colours and scents of world cuisines are celebrated by the range of delectable delights sold at the food stalls.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Oslo

Oslo has a humid continental climate, moderated by the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream. Winters are dry and cold, with temperatures staying below freezing from November to March. Significant snowfall is common in the city throughout the winter. Summers are relatively warm and sunny.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -7/19 -2/28 49/1.9 Not the best period to go
February -7/19 -1/30 36/1.4 Not the best period to go
March -3/27 3/37 47/1.9 Not the best period to go
April -1/30 9/48 41/1.6 Good period to go Good period to go
May 6/43 16/61 53/2.1 Good period to go Good period to go
June 10/50 20/68 65/2.6 Good period to go Good period to go
July 12/54 21/70 81/3.2 Good period to go Good period to go
August 11/52 20/68 89/3.5 Good period to go Good period to go
September 7/45 15/59 90/3.5 Good period to go Good period to go
October 4/39 9/48 84/3.3 Not the best period to go
November -1/30 3/37 73/2.9 Not the best period to go
December -6/21 1/34 55/2.2 Not the best period to go
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Oslo Gardermoen International Airport

The Oslo Gardermoen International Airport is located about 35 kilometres (22 miles) north-east of the city centre.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Oslo and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the E18. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the city centre.
    • The airport offers a total of nearly 19,000 parking spaces, distributed across six parking facilities: drop-off area (first seven minutes are free, then NOK 70 per extra 20 minutes), short-term (NOK 90 per hour) and long-term (NOK 55 per hour).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall on the west side near the railway station.
  • By rail
    • Flytoget (https://flytoget.no/en/), the express rail connection between the airport and Oslo S (the main train station), runs every 10 minutes. The trip takes about 20 minutes and a single ticket costs NOK 199.
  • By bus
    • Ruter-buses (https://ruter.no/en/) connect the airport to the city centre in about 50 minutes. A single ticket costs NOK 133.
  • By shuttle bus
    • Flybussen (https://www.flybussen.no) runs a daily shuttle bus service connecting the airport with the main bus station in the city centre every 20 minutes. The travel time is about 45 minutes and the fare is NOK 185 each way.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the arrivals hall. Fares between the airport and central Oslo range from NOK 600 to NOK 800.

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GETTING AROUND Oslo

Oslo is a very easy city to get around. The Norwegian capital's public transport system is one of the most efficient in the world. Furthermore, as many of the sights in Oslo are not that far apart, it is entirely conceivable to explore the city uniquely on foot or by bicycle.

By rail

Oslo's Metro, the Tunnelbane (also known as T-bane, https://ruter.no/en/), is one of the most convenient ways to get around the city. There are five lines which run underground in the city centre, stopping at Nationaltheatret, Stortinget and Jernbanetorget (Oslo S) stations. Service starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 a.m.

  • Single ticket: NOK 37 (Zone 1)
  • 24-hour ticket: NOK 111 (Zone 1)

Oslo's entire public transport system is operated by Ruter and fares are integrated. Ruter tickets may therefore be used on the T-bane, trams, buses, ferries and trains in Oslo, but are not valid on the airport express train Flytoget or the Flybussen airport shuttle bus services. Furthermore, the Oslo Pass offers discounts to some of the city's museums.

Prices:
  • 24-hour ticket: NOK 445 (NOK 235 for children aged 4 to 15, and NOK 355 for seniors over 67)
  • 48-hour ticket: NOK 655 (NOK 325 for children and NOK 520 for seniors)
  • 72-hour ticket: NOK 820 (NOK 410 for children and NOK 655 for seniors).

By bus

Oslo's efficient network of bus routes (https://ruter.no/en/) offers extensive coverage of the city, serving all of the main points of interest. One-way ticket: NOK 37 (an additional NOK 20 when bought onboard).

By bicycle

Although traffic in Oslo is sometimes quite congested, bicycles are an excellent way to get around the city. Oslo Bysykkel, the city's public bike-sharing system, has over 247 stations in and around the city centre. Visitors can obtain electronic Oslo Bysykkel rental cards valid for 24 hours from the Oslo Visitor Centre. The price is NOK 49 for one day (and beyond one full hour extra NOK 5 per 15 minutes). For further information, please visit https://oslobysykkel.no/en

  • Telephone: +47 915 89 700

By ferry

Ferries are one of the most spectacular ways to discover the city. Several companies operate ferries to and from the islands of the inner Oslo Fjord. They usually leave from the Radhusbrygge pier, facing city hall. Prices range from NOK 130 to NOK 390, depending on the distance travelled.

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful in the Norwegian capital. Expect to pay at least NOK 14 per kilometre, in addition to the initial charge of between NOK 80 and NOK 150.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Oslo, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Oslo Visitor Centre

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address: Jernbanetorget 1 (in Østbanehallen next to Oslo Central Station)
  • Telephone: +47 23 10 62 00
  • Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday (holiday season)
  • Website: https://www.visitoslo.com/en/

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK).

1 € = 10,25 k

1 k = 0,10 €

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home. Oslo counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Norway. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Oslo.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Norway

As a French citizen, you do not need to obtain a visa if you will be staying in Norway for less than three months. However, your national identity card or passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Oslo and Norway, be sure to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country for the latest travel information and recommendations. Comprehensive information that may be helpful for international visitors is also provided on the Norway page of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel Website:

view information for travellers to Norway

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Useful addresses

Norwegian Embassy in France (consular services provided by the Embassy)

  • Address: 28, rue Bayard, 75008 Paris (the embassy is temporarily located at 262, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris)
  • Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 67 04 00
  • Website: www.norway.no/fr/france

French Embassy in Norway (consular services provided by the Embassy)

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Norwegian phrases that will make your stay in Oslo a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: God dag Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>God dag</em>

Good evening: God kveld Good evening: <em>God kveld</em>

Good-bye: Ha det bra Good-bye: <em>Ha det bra</em>

Yes: Ja Yes: <em>Ja</em>

No: Nei No: <em>Nei</em>

No, thank you: Nei takk No, thank you: <em>Nei takk</em>

Thank you very much: Tusen takk Thank you very much: <em>Tusen takk</em>

Please: Vær så snill Please: <em>Vær så snill</em>

I don't understand: Jeg forstår ikke I don't understand: <em>Jeg forstår ikke</em>

Could you repeat?: Kan du gjenta? Could you repeat?: <em>Kan du gjenta?</em>

What time is it?: Hvor mye er klokken? What time is it?: <em>Hvor mye er klokken?</em>

Sorry / Excuse me: Unnskyld / Unnskyld meg Sorry / Excuse me: <em>Unnskyld / Unnskyld meg</em>

Airport: Flyplass Airport: <em>Flyplass</em>

Train station: Togstasjon Train station: <em>Togstasjon</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hotell Hotel: <em>Hotell</em>

Hospital: Sykehus Hospital: <em>Sykehus</em>

Bank: Bank Bank: <em>Bank</em>

Telephone: Telefon Telephone: <em>Telefon</em>

I'm (…): Jeg er (…). I'm (…): <em>Jeg er (…).</em>

I'm looking for (…): Jeg leter etter (…). I'm looking for (…): <em>Jeg leter etter (…).</em>

How much is (…)?: Hvor mye koster (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Hvor mye koster (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Har dere (…)? Do you have (…)?: <em>Har dere (…)?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Hvor kan jeg finne (…)? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Hvor kan jeg finne (…)?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Hvor kan jeg kjøpe (…)? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Hvor kan jeg kjøpe (…)?</em>

I'd like (…): Jeg vil gjerne (…). I'd like (…): <em>Jeg vil gjerne (…).</em>

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Good to know

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of time difference with
Paris
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

BANKS
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Oslo as in the rest of Norway, a service charge is usually already included in restaurant bills and taxi fares, but you can certainly reward good service with a 10% tip.

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