Please sign in to post.

Oslo in December

Am thinking about a quick 2 night stay in Oslo, no kids in tow so don't need anything fancy or big. Anyone have any suggetions on acommodations & sightseeing? Thanks!

Posted by
11266 posts

Get Rick Steves Snapshot Norway: http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/catalog/index.cfm?fuseaction=product&theParentId=161&id=427 It has very good coverage of Oslo's highlights, as well as some non-exhorbitant hotels and restaurants. Be aware that Oslo is insanely expensive, so you will need to budget a lot even for "lower end" accomodations and food. And the best hotel deals are in the summer, which is low season for business travelers. However, Rick does list some places that aren't too expensive in the winter.

Posted by
5657 posts

Holmenkollen is a short Tram ride away from downtown Oslo. Day light will be short but a number of cross country ski trails are lit. http://www.visitoslo.com/en/activities-and-attractions/boroughs/holmenkollen/activities/ Activities in Holmenkollen Holmenkollen constitutes the heart of the World's Winter Capital: The home of Oslo Winter Park and Korketrekkeren toboggan run, and a hub for numerous cross-country skiing trails. http://www.visitoslo.com/en/your-oslo/winter/cross-country-skiing/ Cross-country skiing More than 2,600 km (1,600 miles) of prepared cross-country ski trails run deep into the forests of Oslo. 90 km are lit for the special atmosphere of evening tours. Skiers can stop at 44 picturesque cabins, where some are only open for overnight visitors while others are open for refreshments and home made pastries.

Posted by
7 posts

Great, thanks for the replies! I was wondering if it was worth the trip over as currently a return flight is only €30 each. It is definitely on my list of places to see, but I think this one will deserve more attention than a "spontaneous & without any research" kind of trip.

Posted by
5657 posts

It may be obvious, but I should mention that Oslo shuts down during religious multi-day holiday periods. You should not visit Oslo Christmas eve through Boxing Day and New Years could be a problem. A number of years ago we were in Oslo before Easter. Stores and restaurants ran short hours or were closed the afternoon before Easter Thursday then pretty much shut until the day after Easter holiday. We headed for the mountains on Easter Thursday and found"all the missing" Norwegians. They enjoy their holidays.