Oslo: Event Destination Overview
Fringed with forests, hills and lakes awash with opportunities to sail, ski and hike to your heart’s content; Oslo presents a special combination of cosmopolitan city life and easy access to the great outdoors. With a fabulous reputation for being friendly, efficient and creative, Oslo has not only become a top tourist destination but also a hub for many different business ventures and activities. This has led to a unique mix of expertise in fields including telecom, finance, maritime industries, banking and shipping.
In 2013 the Norwegian capital was marked as the fourth most expansive city in the world as well as ranking as the best place to live in the world. With excellent transportation options and five-star facilities, Oslo is the perfect location for business travellers looking for somewhere truly unique to host an event. Boasting six large conference centres and two major exhibition halls, beautiful surroundings, history and culture; everything from business meetings to conferences and incentive trips are guaranteed to run smoothly.
Come Fly with me…
For corporate groups accessing the city, Oslo’s International Airport (OSL) is approximately 20 miles southeast of the city centre. Flights from London take approximately 90 minutes and the cheapest time to fly is October, which comes between the summer peak and the start of the ski season. From here, the world’s fastest Airport Express Train takes just 20 minutes to reach the city centre and can provide large corporate groups with onboard presentation screens, corporate branding and free Wi-Fi. For those visiting for a short amount of time, it is worth buying an Oslo Pass. These tickets include free entry on all public transport within the city, free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions and discounts on sightseeing, bike rentals and other entertainment options. The Oslo Convention Bureau offers delegates up to 40% off the Oslo Pass if a 96-hour pass is purchased. They are available to buy here and depending on your length of stay, can cover anything from 24 to 96 hours.
With a first class infrastructure, Oslo is well developed for businesses and offers all of the necessary facilities for meetings, congresses, conferences and exhibitions of international level.
The largest meeting space in Oslo is the Norway Convention Centre, located just a short 11 minute train ride outside of the city centre; it serves as an international event space, hosting up to an impressive 12,000 delegates, throughout 55 different rooms. In addition to this, it also has a 355-room hotel on site to see delegates through from day to night!
Oslo Spektrum is another one of Norway's large meeting spaces. A multi purpose building, it features a great concert hall, where world-class artists regularly perform and also doubles up as a fantastic venue for tradeshows, congresses, conferences and exhibitions. The huge arena can house up to 8,500 delegates and is centrally located right next to Oslo’s Central Station and Airport Express Train.
Oslo Congress Centre - For smaller events Oslo Congress Centre has space for 1,400 delegates across 8 different halls, one auditorium and seven meeting rooms. The rooms here are flexible and suitable for everything from small meetings to a workshop, fair, gala dinner and more. The Centre is renowned for being able to cater for technically demanding events due to its advanced on site audiovisual facilities, which are constantly being updated and developed.
If you’re hosting an event that is a little ‘out of the ordinary’ and you need a unique venue to fulfill the brief, how about hiring one of these special places…
Wallmans - Located at the bank of the river Akerselva, Wallmans is a historical building that offers enough space to host up to 621 delegates. In a completely unique setting, the building is a hub for sparkling evening shows, conferences, business lunches and up and coming Scandinavian artists. Offering a range of top-notch facilities all under one roof, Wallmans is an event planners dream.
Nobel Peace Centre - Home to the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Peace Centre is an exclusive and unique setting for your next event. Presenting their committed, groundbreaking work through a series of permanent and temporary exhibitions provides delegates with an insight into relevant topics such as war, peace and conflict resolution.
With over 50 different hotels and a total of 16,000 beds to suit a wide range of budgets, finding somewhere for you and your fellow delegates to bed down for the night is no problem. One of the most popular business hotels is the Radisson Blu Plaza, it is also the country’s tallest hotel with capacity to host up to 1,000 delegates. On the top three floors the hotel offers some of the best conference and banquet facilities in Oslo and can also merge with the nearby concert hall Oslo Spektrum to stage large international events and functions. Alternatively, Nordic Choice Hotels Scandinavia is the leading hotel chain in Scandinavia, with 170 hotels at more than 100 destinations throughout the region. These hotels have capacity for up to 3,000 delegates, and boast state of the art facilities and a modern meeting infrastructure.
Sights for sore eyes…
While the Norwegian capital may lack the fast paced living that is common to many European cities, it maintains a wealth of cultural, sightseeing and entertainment options for visitors to discover. From an eclectic mix of world-class museums and art galleries mixed with scenic fjords, luxury yachts, ancient buildings and the dominating medieval walls of Akershus Fortress, Oslo offers an array of unique attractions.
A few of the city’s main attractions include the famous Opera House, shaped like a glacier, this unique architectural gem is home to a diverse array of events throughout the year including opera and art based exhibitions. Visitors are able to climb to the very top of the Opera House and enjoy incredible panoramic views over the city. Similarly, no visit to Oslo is complete without a trip to the Royal Palace. Situated on the city’s arterial KarlJohans gate, the palace is an imposing building surrounded with stunning landscaped gardens, majestic trees, small ponds and statues.
For those that fancy exploring the city by boat, a cruise along the Norwegian coastline presents groups with unparalleled views of the deep fjords and towering mountains. Once here, visitors can even take up the chance to stay in a remote hut for the night and reflect on their incredible surroundings. For those looking for popular incentive activities, adrenaline-pumping sports are always a popular option! From rafting and full speed dog sledding to tobogganing and even planning a full Olympic style team building activity - there is so much choice in Oslo. If that doesn’t appeal, how about an intriguing exploration into Norway’s history, via a tailor made incentive programme courtesy of Oslo Convention Bureau. Offering a welcome break from business meetings, these programmes allow groups to follow in the footsteps of the famous Vikings and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience! Click here for more information.
Oslo is home to some world clad corporate entertainment; whether delegates require background music during dinner or something to draw footfall to an exhibition stand.
Are you ready to bring the true style of Las Vegas to your next event with Showband Sweden? Combining a unique mix of soul, disco, jazz and ballet, this eleven piece, international party orchestra ensures to deliver a powerful and glamorous evening of entertainment. Based in Sweden, this professional showband have toured the world and played for celebrities and royalty including the wedding of H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.
Based in Oslo, our highly impressive international Freestyle Footballer has been voted not only the best freestyler in Scandinavia, but also third best freestyle footballer in the world. Demonstrating incredible technical ability, he is a true sporting talent and has proved to be a very popular entertainment choice for award ceremonies, adverts, music videos, corporate functions and product launches looking for unique and exciting entertainment.
Based in Oslo, our talented Female Saxophonist, Goda is a favourite with corporate dinners, seminars, conferences and high-end presentations. Having travelled all over the world perfecting her musical ability, Goda’s repertoire offers everything from sensitive melodies all the way through to well know, upbeat music and jazz favourites. Glamorous, professional and highly talented, she ensures to put a smile on all of your guests’ faces and make your event completely unforgettable
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