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Things to do
For outdoor meals and drinks try Aker Brygge where you can sit among the glass buildings and enjoy fjord views or hang out with the hipsters in the trendy bars in Grünerløkka. Cheap weekend breaks to Oslo from Ireland are perfect for visiting the Munch museum to see the famous Scream painting. Take the 15 minute boat trip to the Bygdoy Peninsula where you will find some of Olso's best museums as well as beaches and hiking and cycling trails. Last minute city breaks & short break deals to Oslo are perfect for taking a trip to Holmenkollen to try out the 60m ski jump or just enjoy the panoramic views of Olso from the platform. The amusement park Tusenfryd is one of the biggest in Norway.
Although well into the northern latitudes, Oslo's climate is fairly temperate thanks to warm air being wafted across the Atlantic from the Gulf Stream. Summer weather in Oslo is mild and pleasant, with frequent hot spells, and plenty of long sunny days. In winter temperatures hover just above or below freezing. Snow is plentiful in winter, making the city a great winter sports venue, and rainfall is spread across the year, the rainiest month being August.
Norwegian is the official language, but English is widely understood.
The official currency is Norwegian Krone (NOK) divided into 100 ore. Larger establishments accept major credit cards and travellers cheques. Use of credit cards is widespread, with Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club the most common. Visitors should be aware that credit cards are generally not accepted as a means of payment in Norwegian supermarkets and petrol stations. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and major post offices, as well as many hotels and travel agents, although for poorer rates. ATMs are available in all towns and cities.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).