Oslo is a compact capital city surrounded by the Oslo Fjord on its south side and the national protected forest Marka to its east, north and west. It is positioned at the northernmost end of the Oslofjord, and occupies around 40 big and small islands within its limits. In the ancient times the city was burned down several times and each time it emerged stronger than before. Oslo is a city in constant growth and transformation. A well-developed public transportation, which includes ferry boats, gives visitors an easy access to the city and its surrounding region.

City Hall – Photo credits: VisitOSLO

How to get to Oslo

Depending on where you come from you can travel to Oslo by train, bus, ferry, plane or car.

Please click here for more information on how to get to and from the airports near Oslo; Gardermoen and Torp. 

Public transportation in Oslo

All the public transport in Oslo and the surrounding county Akershus is part of the same ticket and price system, operated by Ruter. Ruter’s tickets are valid for buses, trams, subways, ferries (not the Bygdøy ferry) and local trains. 


The city center is easily covered on foot, and city bikes are available throughout Oslo. Located between the fjord and the forest, the city offers great connectivity to nature.

Here are some of Oslo’s most interesting places to visit.

Constitution Day: May 17th in Oslo

This is a truly a special and great occasion to visit Oslo. Constitution Day is an important day in Norway, commemorating the signing of the constitution at Eidsvoll on 17th May 1814. The highlight of the day is the big children’s parade, that includes some 60,000 children as well as marching bands, Norwegian flags and national costumes.

Find out more about events in Oslo on the 17th of May.

Karl Johans Gate – Photo credits: VisitOSLO/Tomasz Majewski