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Layover In Oslo, Norway

| November 22, 2014

Stuck on an Oslo layover at Norway’s Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL)? As one of the main hubs for Scandinavian Airlines, the airport is located in Ullensaker which is roughly 22 miles from Oslo which makes the city an accessible destination only for those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Oslo layover, click here for useful tips.

Oslo Norway layover stopoverIf you’re stuck inside the airport during your Oslo layover, there are plenty of services to keep you occupied. The airport has many shopping and dining options (listed here by location), and banking services.

The airport has three lounges in the International departures terminal, above the duty free shopping. Scandinavian Airlines has two lounges including the Scandinavian Lounged (for gold card members) and the Scandinavian business lounge (for those with full-priced tickets). In addition, there’s an OSL-Lounge for non-Star Alliance airlines. For more information on the lounges, click here.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel is just a three-minute indoor walk from the terminals. The hotel offers a meeting rooms, a fitness center and a golf simulator. For a comprehensive list of additional hotels near the airport, click here, and for Oslo hotels at varying price points, click here.

If you’re looking to drop off your bags, Luggage Storage is available opposite the railway station in the arrivals hall. Bags can be left for up to three months. For more information, call +47 64 81 34 77 or email [email protected]

If you’re stuck on a long layover and are planning on leaving the airport, taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall. There is a taxi information desk in the Arrivals Hall that can give information on the fixed taxi rates and book a taxi for you. The Airport Express Train (Flytoget) is a great option for those traveling into Oslo. It runs between Drammen, Asker, Sandvika, Lysaker, Skøyen, Nationaltheatret, Oslo S and Lillestrøm. Travel time from Oslo to the airport on the Flytoget is roughly 25 minutes. In addition to taxis and the train, there are a number of different bus options are also available from the airport, running frequently the city center and other destinations (click here fore more info). By car or bus, travel time from the airport to downtown Oslo is roughly 40 minutes.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On An Oslo Layover:

Oslo Tour
If you’re limited for time in Oslo, a tour might be the best way to see as many of the sights as time permits. There are many tours to choose from including bus, walking and bike tours, cultural and historic tours, night tours, cruises, and more!

The Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection
Located in Gardermoen (less than 10 minutes from the airport), The Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection showcases a collection of Norwegian military aviation treasures including rare aircrafts from WWII.

The Royal Palace
The official home of the King and Queen of Norway, The Royal Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Norway. Hour-long tours are open to the public in the summer and take you through the Council Chamber, the Bird Room and the Great Hall.

Vigeland Sculpture Park
Located outside the Oslo city centre in Frogner Park is the Vigeland Sculpture Park. The home of 212 bronze and granite sculptures by the Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, the park is impressive. The most famous sculpture located here is The Monolith.

The Museum of Cultural History
Impressive prehistoric and medieval archaeological collections are found here at the Museum of Cultural History including an Egyptian Mummies Collection and the most famous, the Viking Ship Museum. The Oseberg Ship is the main attraction.

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  1. Fran says:

    My friend and I have a 6 hour layover in Oslo. Is it worth venturing out without any issues making our flight? Any suggestions where to go that requires no more than 30 minutes from airport?