Oslo is the capital of Norway. Oslo’s beauty and geography has amazed all visitors and its population. This beautiful city is situated at he head of the 60 mile long Oslo Fjord, on the country’s south-eastern coast. The numerous pine clad islands and the high hills which surround the City on three sides, give the area distinctive charm. Oslo covers 175 square miles within its city limits and, as such, is one of the world’s largest capital cities. However, this area consists mainly of farmland and forests as well as 340 lakes, and with a population of only 460,000, it is the least densely populated capital city in Europe. It is the seat of the Norwegian parliament, government and the residence of the Royal Family.
The modern town adjoin the site of medieval Oslo, which was founded in the 11th century. Today Oslo is considered one of the finest cities of northern Europe, with broad streets, beautiful gardens and majestic buildings. It is also the hub of Norway’s railway system and steamship lines, and the country’s most important maritime city. The approach and departure within Oslo Fjord affords cruise ship passengers a wonderful opportunity to view the natural scenery as well as little villages, historic Oscarborg Fort and of course, the environs of Oslo itself.