If you find yourself with a few hours layover in Oslo, Norway then first of all kick yourself for not booking this as your final destination! Is there anywhere as dreamy as Norway? Granted most of the beauty is in the landscapes and countryside rather than the cities. But! If you find yourself with a layover in Norway, this is the perfect time to do a bit of exploring and get a taste for this beautiful country. In that case, you’ll need you Oslo Layover Guide!
Oslo Layover Guide
If you have at least 5 hours I’d say you’re good to leave the airport and do some exploring. Any more than that is a bonus! I was really nervous about timing on my 7-hour layover and ended up back at the airport so much earlier than I needed to be. Hopefully you’re staying with the same airline so your bags check through, otherwise there are lockers available in the airport.
Is it surprising at all that Norway has a highly efficient and clean public transit train that runs from the airport to downtown? Of course not, that’s why we’re here. Hop on one of those trains that run every 10 minutes, costs $20, and takes 20 minutes to get you to central Oslo. And in no time, you’re ready to explore. It’s just as easy coming back so you don’t have to worry about rushing back to make your next flight.
Now on to the good stuff! Here’s the route I used to explore downtown Oslo on my layover, but if you have more than like 6 hours then you’ll be able to go off and see more than just this. To start, exit the Oslo Central Station and head up the Karl Johan’s Gate, the main street. There are lots of shops and restaurants and people-watching here. Stop in for a bite to eat at the United Bakeries (pastries, yum!). Continue to walk past the National Theatre, which dates back to 1899 (and if you’ve got time, definitely go in for a guided tour!). Continue up to the Royal Palace, with it’s beautiful and grand entrance. If you’re lucky (as I was!) you may see the royal family exiting the palace in their procession of black cadillacs. You can also go on a guided tour here, but only in the summer months is it open to the public.
Continue on to one of my favorite spots in the city, the Nobel Peace Center. I love that this building and organization is here to celebrate the most groundbreaking peacemakers of generations past, present, and to come. For a small fee you can explore this exhibit and I would definitely recommend it! This leads you right to the waterfront where, if you’ve got time, you can take a fjords cruise and explore one of Norway’s most famous features.
With this Oslo Layover Guide, you’ll get a taste for the best of what Oslo has to offer. Unfortunately I think this taste will only whet your appetite for more, so let’s go visit again sometime, shall we?
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