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Norway's capital, Oslo, lies on Oslofjord, with its central district overlooked by sloping hills and surrounded by forested countryside. The fjord opens out into the wild North Sea, and the edges of the city are home to moose and occasional wolves. The cityscape is mostly low-rise and well spaced out, with traditional wooden homes found in the suburbs and modern developments taking over the downtown districts.
Touring Norway with a rented motorhome is becoming an increasingly popular way to enjoy a relaxing holiday without having to book a series of hotels and stick to an inflexible itinerary. A number of companies in Oslo are responding to the trend by offering well-fitted out motorhomes, and attractive campsites give all the required stopover facilities. Within an hour's drive from the city are the towns of Kongsberg and historic Fredrikstad with its old walled quarter summer street life.
The imposing Royal Palace is open to the public during the summer season, and the square surrounding the city's cathedral holds a fascinating local craft bazaar crammed with local artisans and their wares. Akershus Festning medieval castle dates from the late 13th century and towers over the fjord, giving dramatic views of the cityscape as well as the chance to research the city's rich history in its two museums.
Oslo is a city of museums, boasting no less than 14 covering everything from the Nobel Peace Prize through Norwegian art to Norway's fascinating Viking history. A few of the best are the Munch Museum, the National Gallery, the open-air archaeological Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum and the Maritime Museum. Unique attractions here are Tor Heyerdahl's raft and the display of Easter Island artefacts at the Kon Tiki Museum.
Bogstad Camping, is found on an extensive lawned site just nine kilometres from the city centre. It's Norway's largest site, with space for 300 electric hookup pitches and amenities including a children's playground, mini-golf course and beach volleyball. Bogstadvannet Lake is a short stroll away.
Oslo Boberilparkering is a pretty campsite in a beachfront location backed by forests. The motorhome pitches are on the sands, and there's a small marina holding sailing boats and motor launches plus a pier with BBQ facilities. Oslo's attractions are easily accessed from the site.
Ekeberg Camping is a spacious, well-laid out site surrounded by woods and overlooking the coastline at the edge of the city. It's only open in the summer, and is popular for its wide open spaces and views of the cityscape.
Oslo drives on the right, and the city is relatively easy to negotiate due to its ring road system. Parking in the city is, like everything else in Norway, expensive, but traffic is only a problem during rush hours and on weekends. On rural roads, drivers need to watch out for elk, deer, moose and other examples of the local wildlife.