Oslo, Norway

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Getting To Know Olso – Expedition Gateway Port Guide


Oslo is the main airport for flights to Longyearbyen where you will start your Svalbard expedition cruise in embarking in destination.

Norway’s capital and a city renowned for its green spaces, ski-jumping hill, museums and so much more, Oslo is a cosmopolitan hub that is just waiting for you to visit and explore.

Flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen, the main settlement on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, are available through several airlines. Longyearbyen is a gateway to the Arctic and is known for its unique polar landscapes, wildlife, and research opportunities. Keep in mind that flight schedules and availability may vary, so it’s recommended to check with airlines or travel agencies for the most up-to-date information. Here are some general details about flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen:

Airlines: Several airlines operate flights between Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) and Svalbard Longyear Airport (LYR) in Longyearbyen. Common airlines include Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian Air Shuttle, and others.

Flight Duration: The flight duration from Oslo to Longyearbyen is approximately 3 to 4 hours, depending on the specific route and weather conditions.

Connecting Flights: Flights to Longyearbyen from Oslo may require one or more connections, depending on the airline and route chosen. Connecting flights typically stop in cities such as Tromsø or Bodø in Norway.

Seasonal Variations: Flight schedules to Longyearbyen can vary based on the seasons. The peak travel season for Svalbard is during the Arctic summer (approximately May to September), when daylight is continuous, and the weather is relatively milder.

Baggage Allowance: Check with the airline for specific baggage allowance details, as policies may vary.

Booking Information: To book flights, you can use online travel booking platforms, visit airline websites, or contact travel agencies. It’s recommended to book your flights in advance, especially during peak travel times.

Entry Requirements: Remember to check and adhere to any entry requirements, such as travel documents and COVID-19 regulations, for both Norway and Svalbard before your trip.

Weather Considerations: Keep in mind that weather conditions can impact flight schedules, especially in Arctic regions. Flights may be delayed or canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

When planning your trip to Longyearbyen, it’s a good idea to research flight options, compare prices, and consider any additional services or amenities that airlines may offer. As travel information can change, I recommend checking with the airlines or travel agencies for the latest updates and availability for flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen.

Oslo has been Norway’s capital city since 1814 and its home to some of the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions. It’s also a hub for some incredible dining options, numerous galleries and museums, amazing scenery and natural areas. The city is best explored on foot as it is compact and easy to navigate. You can enjoy approx 50 different museums, hundreds of restaurants and cafes, interesting shopping and more. If you’d like to enjoy something slightly different, then make sure you visit Vigeland Park, the largest sculpture park in the world. The sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s life work and is home to more than 200 figures. The park itself is always open, but the indoor museum has daily opening times on its website. The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is one of Norway’s most visited attractions and the views across the city from the top are simply stunning.

Travel Tips:

There is a city-wide hop-on hop-off bus service available

The VisitOslo website features a FREE downloadable app that can help you plan your visit

Key highlights of Oslo

  • The Vigeland Park
  • Viking Ship Museum
  • Akershus Fortress
  • Frogner Park
  • The Royal Palace
  • Oslo Opera House
  • Katl Johans Gate
  • Rådhuset
  • Holmenkollen Ski Museum
  • Nobel Peace Center
  • Oslo Cathedral
  • Oslo City Museum
  • Norway Resistance Museum