Norway? Yes way. A winter city break in Scandinavia offers culture, cuisine, striking architecture and a chance to get acquainted with Scotland’s nearest neighbours over the water.
Oslo is a cool destination in many more ways than meteorologically. In the lead up to Christmas, the city also demonstrates the Scandinavian gift for conjuring up a romantic Yuletide atmosphere with lights, festive shows and Christmas markets.
Today’s Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you to Oslo, a beautiful and laid-back capital that is perfect for getting you into the festive spirit.
A three-night B&B stay in a comfortable, contemporary, 4 star central hotel offers a great chance to soak up the Christmassy vibe on the streets, admire smart Scandinavian architecture and take in the city’s cultural attractions.
The Big Deal offers return flights with Ryanair from Edinburgh, with luggage allowance, and three nights B&B accommodation, based on two sharing a double room, in the 4 star Comfort Borsparken Hotel.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out on Saturday and returning on Tuesday. Departure dates available for this offer are:
7 November 2015
14 November 2015
21 November 2015
5 December 2015
12 December 2015
Outbound flights will be between 06:15 and 22:00. Inbound flights will be between 06:30 and 23:55.
Due to availability, alternative flight carriers may be booked. Other airports and dates may be available subject to extra surcharge. Please enquire by calling directly.
The centrally-located Comfort Borsparken is just metres from the central station and three blocks from Karl Johansgate, the main shopping street that leads up to the Royal Palace.
En suite double rooms are decorated in simple Scandinavian style, with satellite TV. The hotel has a gym and business centre, and rooms have connections for laptops. The hotel is non-smoking throughout.
The bright, modern ground floor restaurant has a patterned glass roof, a relaxed location for the substantial breakfast that is included in the offer.
Oslo is a capital city with a compact centre. The avenue of Karl Johansgate is the main hub of activity with shops, bars and night clubs. Norwegians love their jazz and there are atmospheric venues around Tinghuset and Stortorvet.
Heritage sights are focused on Kvadraturen, the grid-pattern streets of the old town with pretty 17th-century buildings, some now housing galleries and museums.
Norwegians are fanatical about Christmas. Oslo’s weekend Christmas markets begin from 21 November in venues around the city, notably at Margaretakyrkan, the Swedish church, and Spikersuppa in the city centre, where craft and refreshment stalls come with Christmas-themed entertainment and a Ferris wheel.
The Comfort Borsparken Hotel has plenty of appreciative reviews on TripAdvisor. Recent comments from guests include the following:
‘The room was clean, big and it was comfortable to sleep. The breakfast is really great. I enjoyed it a lot.’
‘The welcome and friendliness of staff certainly didn’t go unnoticed.
The hotel has a relaxed and chilled out atmosphere, yet is at the highest standard for what you are paying for! Free hot drinks available throughout day/night and extensive selection of fresh foods at breakfast was fantastic!’
Ideal festive getaway
An Oslo city break provides an attractive Nordic backdrop for a pre-Christmas escape, offering some much-needed relaxation before the rigours of the festive season.
Today’s Big Deal is an excellent chance to explore this welcoming city’s attractions and shop for original gifts in the traditional Christmas markets. Pack that reindeer sweater and head for Scandinavia.