When to go
You don't go to Oslo to top up your tan, but it’s far from grim up north. May to August are the months of the midnight sun, festivals such as Grannittrock (30–31 August, www.granittrock.no) and Norwegian Wood (13–16 June, www.norwegianwood.no). and Aker Brygge’s beach. Pack an emergency parka for cold snaps. Winter sports are best from September to February, but some tourist attractions close during these daylight-starved months, so pack some hardy outerwear and prepare for polar chills and long nights.
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PlanesOslo Lufthavn Gardermoen (www.osl.no), lies north of Oslo, a 40-minute drive from the centre.
TrainsOslo Central Station is where the express train from the airport (www.flytoget.no) terminates. From there you can travel on to the National Theatre stop to sightsee or get off and head to Jernbanetorget metro stop and explore the city using the extensive underground lines (http://ruter.no/en).
AutomobilesIt’s possible to drive round Oslo, but the city is conveniently compact for pedestrians and parking can be expensive, it’s best to save your wheels for exploring the mountain passes and rural routes beyond city limits and pick up a handy Oslo Pass (www.visitoslo.com) instead. This gives you free city transport (by metro, train or bus) for one to three days and free entry to some museums and attractions.