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Oslo, Norway: Exploring Oslo, Norway The Land of the Midnight Sun

Norway’s capital, Oslo, seamlessly blends urban perks like shopping and museums with a love for nature revealed in its pristine parks.

Norway values its rural life far more than the urban sprawl that many Western lands mistake for progress, so it’s no surprise that Oslo embraces the great outdoors even as it offers cosmopolitan features. One reason that Norwegians spend so much time outside is that winter and summer here are diametrically opposed: due to its extreme northern location, Norway receives up to twenty hours of daylight between April and October, while the cold season plunges it into nearly unrelenting darkness.

As soon as temperatures start to rise in early spring, Oslo's citizens cast off their winter garb and head for Oslo Fiord, where fishermen sell fresh shrimp on the docks and boats offer tours of the islands. You can ride around for hours just breathing in the cool, bracing air that blows over the sparkling blue water, and then disembark at the Bygdoey, a peninsula that serves as Oslo’s cultural hub. Here you can visit museums like the Fram and the Viking Ship Museum, both dedicated to the Norwegian seafaring tradition. Meanwhile, art lovers will flock to the Munch Museum, a huge collection of works by Scandinavia’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch.

To best take advantage of an Oslo summer, though, you must stay outdoors, preferably at Nordmarka, a park that encompasses trails and lakes for outdoor activities. Daring souls will also enjoy scaling the Holmenkollen ski jump, a 407-foot landmark that commemorates the Norwegian invention of skiing. Don’t forget to take home a souvenir either; a hand-knitted sweater from the Basarhallene market will remind you of sun-drenched Oslo even in the dead of winter.

Oslo is considered a global city and ranked "Beta World City Plus" in studies performed by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008. Oslo has for several years been listed as one of the most expensive cities in the world alongside cities such as Tokyo, Copenhagen and Paris. In 2009 Oslo regained its status as the world's most expensive city. Oslo is a pilot city of the Council of Europe and the European Commission intercultural cities programme.

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Best Western Bondeheimen Hotel Oslo
The traditional Best Western Bondeheimen Hotel, newly renovated in 2008, is located in Oslo, Norway, opposite the Parliament building and 500 metres from the National Gallery. The Edvard Munch Museum, Royal Castle and beach are all one-and-a-half kilometres from the hotel. Set in a classic Norwegian building dating back to 1901, the seven-storey Best Western Bondeheimen Hotel has a lobby with seating area, television and complimentary newspapers. There is a gift shop on site, selling traditional clothing and arts and crafts. Norwegian dishes, like dried salted cod and potato dumplings, are served in the Kaffistova Restaurant, a bright modern dining room decorated with local artefacts. Guests of the Best Western Bondeheimen Hotel enjoy a 20% discount here and a complimentary buffet breakfast daily.
Best Western Karl Johan Hotel Oslo
The Best Western Karl Johan Hotel in Oslo is a five-story hotel set in a historical late 18th-century building that enjoys a place on Oslo's main parade street, Karl Johan, its central location providing easy access to the city's restaurants, theaters, museums and boutiques.  Guests that stay at the Best Western Karl Johan Hotel start the day with a complimentary breakfast and nearby valet parking is available.  There are a host of attractions in the surrounding area, including many museums: within three kilometers of the Best Western Karl Johan Hotel in Oslo guests can discover the life and work of playwright Henrik Ibsen, the art of Munch and learn about Viking vessels and Norwegian folklore. The hotel is approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles), or a forty-minute drive from the Oslo Airport. Express trains and buses connect the airport with the city center. From the city center a tram ride or short walk will complete the journey to the hotel. 
Edderkoppen Scandic Hotel Oslo
Scandic Edderkoppen is a centrally located hotel set within 800 metres of attractions such as the Royal Castle, National Gallery, and City Hall. The hotel is home to its own traditional theatre with 600 seats and Norway's largest collection of revue photographs. Before taking in a show, guest can dine in the hotel's informal restaurant which is decorated with memorabilia of Norwegian theatrical star Leif Juster and serves a la carte international dishes and set theatre menus. Guests can work out in the gym and unwind in the sauna, steam bath and solarium; access to this relaxation area is complimentary. Families with children will appreciate the kids' playroom with toys, games consoles and movies. Secure parking is available for a surcharge and staff at the 24-hour front desk can advise on local sightseeing opportunities. Oslo Airport is 45 kilometres away with an approximate driving time of 45 minutes. 
First Hotel Millennium Oslo
The First Hotel Millennium is a 20-minute train-ride from Oslo Lufthavn/Gardemoen Airport. Situated just around the corner from museum and city sights, this hotel is a pleasant 10-minute walk from the lively Aker Brygge seaport. Staying at the First Hotel Millennium, guests can easily explore Oslo, thanks to the efficient and convenient public transport system. Ride the bus, tram, the underground and ferries to reach the wilderness or out to one of the islands of the inner Oslo fjord, all in less than 20 minutes.
Showcasing a functional yet elegant 1930s style, this hotel exudes luxury and comfort. Norway's best-known architect, Platou, designed the hotel's interior. The on-site Primo and Ciao Ciao Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. Allow the competent staff at this hotel to shower you with attentive and personalized service. 
Grand Hotel Oslo
The opulent 19th-century Grand Hotel Oslo is located in central Oslo, Norway, opposite the Parliament building. The National Gallery is within 500 metres. The Akershus Festning (fortress) and Munch Museum are 1.5 kilometres away, while Norsk Folkemuseum (Museum of Cultural History)is three kilometres away. A white granite facade with clock tower fronts the Louis XVI style Grand Hotel Oslo. There is a 24-hour front desk, currency exchange, gift shop and hair salon on site. The Grand Café, filled with plush leather seats and modern artwork, serves Scandinavian dishes with Mediterranean touches. Gourmet French and Scandinavian cuisine is on the menu at the Julius Fritzner restaurant. The informal Palmen atrium restaurant serves light meals throughout the day. Offering panoramic views of the city, the Etoile Bar also spreads out onto an outdoor terrace in summer. The English-style Limelight Bar is open for snacks and aperitifs. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily at the Grand Hotel Oslo. The hotel's spa is operated by Artesia, a well-known Norwegian fitness and wellness club. 
Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel Oslo
Located in central Oslo, Norway, the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel stands adjacent to the Royal Palace. Within walking distance is the popular Aker Brygge, a stretch of seafront converted into a shopping and entertainment venue beneath the town hall. Airport transportation arrives every 20 minutes. Mediterranean specialties are served at ENZO Bar and Restaurant. Brasseriet provides bountiful complimenta ry buffet-style breakfasts and a lunch menu. Featuring sweeping city views, Summit 21, serves cocktails on the 21st floor of the hotel. Eighteen meeting rooms accommodate up to 1,200 people. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. The on-site health area features a fitness room, an indoor pool, a sauna and a solarium. Additionally, an arcade and a beauty salon are housed on the floor below reception. 
Radisson SAS Plaza Oslo
Recognized as the tallest hotel in northern Europe, the Radisson SAS Plaza Oslo is a modern complex situated in Oslo City Centre, 100 metres from Karl Johan Street. The 34th floor of the hotel has a chic ambience and extraordinary views of Oslo with a Mediterranean restaurant offering a lunch buffet and tapas menu along with a bar that serves creative cocktails, martinis and champagne all in a cosy atmosphere. On the ground floor, there is the Galway Bay Bar where one can sample Irish drinks, snacks and specialities in the warm, lively ambience of a traditional Irish pub. A health and fitness centre is located on the 34th floor, offering a swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium with stunning vistas over the city.
Radisson SAS Hotel Nydalen Oslo
Opened in 2003, the Radisson SAS Hotel Nydalen is a modern hotel with eye-catching architecture situated five kilometres from the lively city centre of Oslo. The 165 guestrooms over eight floors have contemporary designer furnishings and light pastel decor with wood floors, modern art and coordinated fabrics. All are equipped with climate control, high-speed wireless Internet connections, safes, direct-dial phones, minibars and satellite television with pay movies. Bathrooms come with telephones, complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. This contemporary hotel with stylish interiors is well equipped for the business or leisure traveller heading for Oslo. Guests can dine in the restaurant, which serves a fusion of northern Spanish and Norwegian cuisine, and enjoy a glass of wine and tapas snacks in the relaxed lounge bar. The hotel has its own sauna and fitness equipment. There is a fireplace in the lobby along with complimentary newspapers. 
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