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The friendly team at HAPPYCAR can help you find the perfect deal on a rental car for exploring the capital city of Norway. Through our online comparison portal, we compare different prices and conditions to guarantee you the best rental deals at the lowest prices and you can also pick up rental cars directly from the Oslo Airport. With HAPPYCAR you can search for yearly trips, day trips or business trips, whatever you need for your specific rental needs. With a car hire from HAPPYCAR, you can steer clear of buses and trains because you have the freedom to decide when and where you go.
Oslo is Norway’s largest city with a population of 1,442,318. Located in eastern Norway, its vast green areas make it an easy city to live in. Oslo is comprised of 40 islands, 343 lakes and countless parks within the city center and the surrounding regions. By some estimates, nearly 95% of the city's residents have a park or an open green space within 300 meters of their living area. Norway’s capital city is one part traditional Scandinavian design and one part modern cosmopolitan influences. Oslo is in the process of reinventing itself as a popular destination city in Scandinavia. Filled with museums and world class art museums the city is already on its way to becoming a cultural hub. The most recent addition to the cultural offerings of Oslo is the Opera House which will be the center of the 10 year waterfront renovation plan. The building was designed by the architectural firm Snøhetta based in Oslo. The building ended costing €500 million and was completed in 2008. It is designed to resemble a floating glacier in the harbor of Oslo.
Vigelandsparken is one of Norway's most visited attractions with more than 1 million visitors every year. The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park. A monumental artistic creation with a human message that is well worth seeing. The park is open all year at all times and is a popular recreation area.
The Viking Ship Museum presents great Viking ship discoveries from Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune as well as other finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord. The museum displays the world's two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century, as well as small boats, sledges, a cart with exceptional ornamentation, implements, tools, harness, textiles and household utensils.
Nordmarka is a large wooded area near the Holmenkollen Ski Jump perfect for enjoying Oslo’s outdoors. There are many possible ways to enjoy the area. Miles of mountain bike trails deep in the woods or hiking trails with breathtaking views. There are also over 1,200 miles of perfectly groomed cross country ski trails that will lead you through the woodlands of Normarka. Oslo may be one of the only cities in the world that has a large forest located directly in the center of the city. Most of the forested area is untouched.
The Oslo Winter Park has plenty of pristine skiing areas for downhill, alpine, and snowboards. Skiing is a big part of the culture in Oslo. They have a great set up for skiing after the sun goes down as well. There are lighted trails until 10 pm. Don’t have your own skis or maybe you could benefit from a few lessons? No problem! There are plenty of places that offer ski and snowboard rentals. There are also a number of ski and snowboard schools located at all of the parks.
Meat and game are popular in high cuisine dishes. The most common game used is locally hunted moose, reindeer, duck, lamb and fowl. Wild game is also a traditional gift in Norwegian culture. The staples of their diet are heavily based on what has been easily accessible in the region for hundreds of years. They take full advantage of the natural gifts of their region. This includes sea food and fresh game hunted from local forests. The most popular export is smoked salmon and in Norway, it is traditionally eaten with scrambled eggs, dill, and a mustard sauce.
Oslo is relatively centrally located in Scandanavia and there are many good roads that can take you to other parts of Northern Europe. In just seven hours, you can traverse the entire stretch of Norway to reach Bergen in the west, an important trade city turned hip cosmopolitan center, and in three hours you can reach Gothenburg in Sweden. There is so much to explore, so book your next car hire today and start your Scandinavian adventure now!