Interested in a city that's beautiful, clean and environmentally friendly?
You might not realize that they are out there, but they certainly are and they happen to be leading the way in global consciousness!
The one particular city and country that I'm talking abut is Oslo, the capital of beautiful Norway.
Did you know that a LONG LAYOVER can usually give you more time in a city than a port stop on a Cruise vessel?
All it takes is a bit of research, finding out what the options are from the airport to City Center and BAM you are in business!
There are tours galore for you to choose from, and/or all the transportation options that you need to your chosen destination within city limits.
Just be sure to keep an eye on the clock and get back to the airport with enough time to get through security and you are GOLDEN!
*With proper research there are even times when you can book a private tour guide to pick you up and drop you off at the airport!
For me, if it's a city that I've never been to, then generally I like to start off with a city tour to get a feel for my current location. While I usually study maps before traveling, and I recommend that you do too.
Until you are actually in a city, the map doesn't always make sense - but once you arrive and get a look at things all of a sudden everything clicks.
Starting at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen I grabbed my carry on, exited the aircraft, followed signs and headed straight for the Flytoget Airport Express Train. Purchasing a return fare was a piece of cake and off I went!
Next stop: Oslo Central Station. The journey only takes 19-22 minutes, and I was in the heart of Oslo.
From past experience I know that you can usually find 'hop on hop off' tour buses that start/stop around the central station, so off I went in my search to find where the stop was.
My problem was that I didn't exit the main exit and went toward the "mall" what can I say - I'm a shopper at heart!
So anyhow, after circling the exterior of the station and seeing the tour buses drive by, I had finally located the stop. I had a short wait before my bus arrived and rather than stand around waiting, I took to the streets on foot.
Once I returned to the stop, it was time to board. I collected my earphones, found a seat, and plugged in.
Commentary was provided in English, Spanish, French, Norwegian, Japanese, Italian, Russian and German.
A few of the listed sites included the recently built Oslo Opera House, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Royal Palace and the Viking ship Museum.
Did you know that according to Fortune.com - Oslo will be car-free by 2019
The capital of Norway would be the first to implement such a ban.
Oslo plans to ban all cars from its city center within the next four years in an attempt to help reduce pollution, Reuters reports.
Oslo is the capital and the most populous city in Norway. Oslo constitutes both a county and a municipality.
As of January 2015, the municipality of Oslo has a population of 647,676, while the population of the city's urban area was 942,084. It is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. Oslo is also a pilot city of the Council of Europe and the European Commission intercultural cities programme.