Luggage and bags:
a rucksack is always more practical than a bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: some good fottwear if you're planning to walk around the city.
Bring a sweater and a jacket to wear in the evening when it gets cold.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: as a general rule, always keep your medical supplies in your hand luggage in case it's delayed or your suitcase/bags get lost.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: a good tent in case of bad weather.
Miscellaneous: bring some medical supplies for your pets as well, as it's not easy to find a vet clinic when you really need it. Especially tablets in case of worm bit is necessary if you want to explore Nordmarka(the big wood area)
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I packed thermals, flannels, pea coat, ski jacket and was still always freezing (winter of course). Most of my summer visits have been blessed with good weather, but when it rains it can be downright nasty (and cold.) So summer have long sleeve shirts for night in case, and def somesort of rain repellant, but short sleeves and tshirts were perfect for day attire
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sadly it takes a prescription to get anything we overmedicated americans use daily (advil, pebto, sudafed). I feel like an addict when I go "are you taking more of your drugs", stian asks. "That's an advil, and we take that for hangovers."
Luggage and bags:
Ryanair are now charging to check in luggage I managed with hand luggage for this 2 night stay. (Ryanair Hand luggage Allowance is now 10kg-for one bag-everything including Duty Free has to fit into this one bag) -Tip- Wear a coat/Jacket with big pockets and stuff your stuff here!
Daysack for carrying camera, guide book etc. I only needed a small bag, as my jacket and trousers had lots of pockets.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We took Salopettes, or jeans. Gortex /thermal lined jackets, fleece tops, walking boots or boots with a good tread, thick socks, gloves, hats and scarves.
We thought we'd over prepared, but were glad of these. Dress in layers, as the restaurants etc are often very warm.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all essential medication.
Pharmacies around Oslo, I think there's one at Aker Brygge.
Supermarkets such as 7/11 stock basic painkillers etc. (But they are expensive)
Photo Equipment: Lots of things to photograph- spotted quite a few camera shops, but didn't check out prices etc.
Miscellaneous: Money - We all brought cash - Kroners (Although I think Euros are accepted) with visa for back up/emergency use only.(Luckily didn't have to use, except for paying hotel bill)
Sunglasses/snow goggles - though we didn't see any sun at all.
Lip Balm/ Moisturiser - Glad I'd packed my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour rescue cream!
Booze and Fags- Bring from home/Duty Free- either for own consumption or for gifts.
The Duty Free at Torp Airport is open to Arrivals as well as Departures. You should have time to call here before boarding the Torpexpress bus.
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I went to Oslo in February 2006 with some friends. Although we're from the North of England, (so used to cold weather)we went prepared for the snow.
As Oslo is located on a waterfront, this adds to the chill factor! Parts of the harbour and side canals were frozen.
When we returned to the airport, it was snowing quite heavily, and the coach driver had to stop a couple of times. At the airport, we found that it had been closed to flights landing and taking off. We had to wait on the plane, while the runway was cleared and the plane de-iced!
Footwear- warm, waterproof and with a good grip! We were surprised that when we got off the plane, we had to walk over snow and ice to get to the terminal building.
Although many of the main pavements were clear of ice, we still found places that weren't. So hiking boots with woolen/thermal socks etc. I wore a pair of Rockett dog boots, which were great!
A warm padded/waterproof jacket - i got mine quite cheaply from TK Maxx, thermal vest and fleece top/woolen. It's best to wear layers, because when you go into a bar/ restaurant you'll get very hot, very quickly!
Some of us bought salopettes (cheaply from TK Maxx again), which we thought we probably wouldn't need- but we were glad that we had taken them. Those that wore jeans, found they were cold (and wet at times)- One wore long johns or a thick pair of tights under her jeans.
Hat/gloves/scarf - We all brought these with us, but one had to buy another pair of gloves as hers weren't warm enough.
On Karl Johanns Street there was a shop selling woolen jumpers, gloves and a variety of hats, which were displayed outside. The prices were reasonable.
Sunglasses/lip balm and a good moisturiser are other essentials!
We found when we went out at night, most people were casually dressed.
Luggage and bags:
Backpack is very popular in Norway, if you are traveling around a lot use one yourself, but Oslo is fair size city, so you'll be fine in the city using a suitcase.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layered clothes, it can rain even during the summer so bring an umbrella. Like every other city it is a good idea to wear comfortable walking shoes.
Photo Equipment: Your normal gear don' forget your wide angle (and polarizer for sunny days)
Winter: Wool and Gore-tex will be your best friend
Good, sturdy hiking shoes for the nature
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Over the counter medications are strictly regulated.
The only medication you can buy at a store is paracetamol and nose spray.
Mosquito spray in summer
If you are going to Oslo in late October/early November, be sure to bring your winter clothes... not only it will be cold... there's chances there will also be snow.
In particular: some roads and parks will be covered by a not very thin layer of ice: bring comfortable non-slippery boots. Forget your fancy shoes: no one wears them.
A scarf, gloves and a hat might come useful, especially in the evening, when temperatures drop below zero.
Norway is usally quite chilly or cold throughout the year, except from the summer months - but you can never be sure, it might be 90 Degrees but it could easily be 60 Degrees the next day in the summer months as well. Bring umbrellas, jackets, warm sweaters, but if you're travelling in June/July bring t-shirts and shorts as well. Tricky I know! And most importantly ... bring good shoes! It's a small city, but it's nice to just walk around instead of relying on buses and trams.. good sneakers are a must!
Miscellaneous: And don't forget your money.. It's quite expensive if you're planning on eating out everyday.
Plug F, known as CEE 7/4 and commonly called "Schuko plug", is similar to C except that it is round and has the addition of two grounding clips on the side of the plug. It has two 4.8 mm round contacts on 19 mm centres. Because the CEE 7/4 plug can be inserted in either direction into the receptacle, the Schuko connection system is unpolarised (i.e. line and neutral are connected at random). It is used in applications up to 16 amps. In order to bridge the differences between sockets E and F, the CEE 7/7 plug was developed. This plug, which is shown in one of the below pictures has grounding clips on both sides to mate with the type F socket and a female contact to accept the grounding pin of the type E socket. The original type F plug, which does not have this female contact, is still available at the DIY shops but only in a rewireable version. A type C plug fits perfectly into a type F socket.
Miscellaneous: The norwegian electricity grid works on 220 Volts and 50 Hertz. Please see the picture or read on for more details:
This two-wire plug is ungrounded and has two round prongs. It is popularly known as the europlug which is described in CEE 7/16. This is probably the single most widely used international plug. It will mate with any socket that accepts 4.0-4.8 mm round contacts on 19 mm centres. The plug is generally limited for use in class II applications that require 2.5 amps or less. It is, of course, unpolarised. It is commonly used in all countries of Europe except the United Kingdom and Ireland. Whereas type C plugs are very commonly used, this is not the case for type C sockets. This kind of socket is the older and ungrounded variant of socket types E, F, J, K and L. Since type C sockets are ungrounded, they are currently being phased out in many countries and replaced by type E, F, J, K or L (depending on the country). A type C plug fits perfectly into a type E, F, J, K or L socket.
it is mandatory that if your coming to oslo, that you pack somthing like a warm jumper if your going in the south, or a big jacket if your going to the north. i tried to take as little as possible when i went but even in the middle of summer i neary froze to death.
Photo Equipment: A small camera is best as its nice and convienient, no point in taking big telescopic lens, as panoramic shots arnt as good if your zoomed up 500% !
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sensible shoes a must in the winter. A good winter coat and plenty of woollen jumpers. We took thermal underwear and wereglad that we had done. Gloves, hats and scarfs and anything else to keep out the cold!!!!
Luggage and bags:
Take only what you will need-no need to be weighted down with excess.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Here is the thing-the weather changes in Oslo regularly. In the summers you will be fine even with packign shorts-it gets that warm. The winters-can be quite cold. But if you are going out you may need some nicer things-jeans may not cut it.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The sun is pretty strong. Pack sunscreen if you are prone to burns.
Even if you come in summer you have to bring some warm clothes, at least a sweater and a jacket. The weather is very unpredictable here. Sometimes it can be over +30 C in the summer, and other times it can be around +10 C with lots of rain and wind. Bring an umbrella too, as it can be lots of rain sometimes.
The weather can change very fast here in Oslo. Even if it looks good in the morning you should bring along something warm. In one second the sun can shine from a blue sky, and in the next it can start raining and get very chilly.
If you come in winter you should pack your polar clothes... ;) It can be -25 C, snow and wind - so it's good to have lots of warm clothes to hide inside. You can buy clothes in Norway too, but it can be very expencive - unless you find a store that has a sale.
Pick up a free Oslo Guide at one of the Tourist Information Offices. Among other things it includes a street map and a helpful map of the public transport. Moreover general information about museums, sights, restaurants, events and all tourist related things is given. The free guide is available in various languages.
Oslo has two Tourist Information Offices; one is in the Central Train Station and the other one can be found by the City Hall.
When I visited Oslo it was raining cats and dogs and it was pretty cold, 6°C (43°F) on a day in July! Don't miss water repelling clothes and an umbrella!
Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 2 – 14°C ( 36 - 57°F ); min: -5 - 3°C ( 23 - 38°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 18 – 20°C ( 64 - 68°F ); min: 8 - 10°C ( 47 - 50°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 1 – 13°C ( 34 - 55°F); min: -3 - 5°C ( 27 – 41°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 2°C ( 34 - 36°F); min: -9 - -5°C ( 16 - 23°F )