Discover Norway Markets 4- And 5-Day Oslo Winter Weekend Package

NEW YORK (October 30, 2003) – Four-day Oslo winter weekend packages, priced at $438 to $508 per person, double, including air and choice of three hotel categories, are being marketed by Discover Norway. A five-day weekend costs $488 to $608. The 1,000-year-old Norwegian capital welcomes visitors to the lively winter season with world-class museums, award-winning restaurants and outdoor activities like skiing, ice skating and sleigh rides.

Oslo weekend packages feature SAS transatlantic flights from Newark; a two- or three-night stay at a tourist-class, first-class or deluxe hotel; Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily; hotel taxes and service charges. Rates are in effect through March, 2004, for departures on Thursdays or Fridays and returns on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays.

Sample four-day, two-night “weekend breakaway” rates are $438 at the cozy Frogner, $450 at the Astoria and $480 at the Cecil in the heart of the city, all tourist-class; $468 at the elegant Bristol and $488 at the Radisson SAS Plaza and Scandinavia, first-class hotels; and $508 at the deluxe and traditional Continental.

A five-day/three-night “long weekend” costs $488, $505 and $550 at three-star, $538 and $568 at four-star, and $608 at five-star properties. Single rooms are $508 to $609 for two-night stays and $588 to $748 for three nights. The packages are not available during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period.

Weekend visits can be timed to coincide with SAS new state-of-the-art Airbus 330 nonstop flights from Newark to Oslo on Thursdays and back on Mondays. Other SAS flights from the U.S. to Oslo are via Copenhagen or Stockholm. Add-on airfares are available from Washington Dulles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle.

A short list of Oslo attractions include the Viking Ships Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park, Munch Museum, Norwegian Folk Museum, Akershus Fortress, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and six Michelin-starred restaurants. The “green capital” on the Oslo Fjord boasts the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump, ice skating next to Karl Johan Street, alpine skiing and 1,600 miles of cross-country ski trails in the forests. All major attractions are accessible by public transportation.

The Discover Norway marketing alliance was formed by the Norwegian Tourist Board, Norwegian Coastal Voyage and Scandinavian Airlines in 2001 to create greater awareness of the country’s tourist attractions. Oslo, the Fjord Norway region, including Bergen, and Norwegian State Railways are partners. Norway brochures can be obtained at (866) 6-NORWAY, usa@ntr.no and www.visitnorway.com Other web sites are Oslo at www.visitoslo.com and SAS at www.scandinavian.net

Reservations and information for the Oslo weekend packages are handled by tour operators: (800) 548-5960 and www.passagetours.com; (800) 545-2204 and www.scanamtours.com

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