Weekend Breaks in Oslo
Weekends are a great time to enjoy those luxuries with family or friends, or even alone. You may not have a hytte (cabin) yourself, but you may be invited to a colleague’s hytte. That’s an honour and a privilege that should not be missed.
There are so many choices of what to do and where to go on weekend breaks. If however, you leave the city on a Friday anytime after 3pm, expect to encounter traffic. There are only a few major roads leaving the city. Trains and busses are another possibility and go most places you would want to go.
NordmarkaSpend the weekend hiking through this wild, forested park and stop to camp along the way, in tents or at any of the numerous cabins located throughout the park. Trails are marked. You will likely find solitude, but those you do encounter along the way will generally be friendly and may engage you in conversation.
The border is only 1.5 hours from Oslo and a large percentage of Norwegians drive over the border to Svinesund on a Harry Tur, which is another term for a cheap shopping trip. With Swedish prices 20% below Norwegian prices, it makes sense, even after paying for gas. Past the border is the western city of Göteborg (Gothenburg) with many attractions, such as Liseberg amusement park. Sweden’s western coastline and archipelago is also known for its natural beauty and great sailing.
Copenhagen and Frederikkshavn are just a ferry ride away. Ferries leave the Oslo harbours daily and weekend or 24 hour trips are popular. The ferry companies Stena Line and DFDS often have discounted offers during low season and on holidays they offer themed crossings. Lodgings run simple to luxury. The only complaint is that a lot of Scandinavian passengers use the ferry to stock up on and imbibe as much tax-free alcohol as possible. You can also reach Denmark by bus or train from the Oslo Jernbanetorget.
Kiel is a popular destination on the Color Line ferry. It departs from the dock at Vika, west of Oslo centre.
A quaint fishing town with typical Norwegian homes, nice boutiques and a Santa Museum. On the coast you can reach Drøbak by bus or ferry, but only in the warmer months.