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British Airways flies to Oslo 4 times daily (all from Heathrow), while SAS has up to 7 daily flights (up to 5 daily from Heath- row, and up to twice daily from London City). All City services are flown on behalf of SAS by Transwede Airways.
There are also three low-cost carriers on the route. Norwe- gian Air Shuttle and Ryanair, each fly at least daily out of Stan- sted. Sterling Air flies six times weekly from Gatwick.
All airlines except Ryanair fly into Oslo’s notably pleasant main airport, Gardermoen, which is to the north of the city on the direct rail line to Lillehammer. Ryanair flies into the much smaller Torp airport, well to the south of Oslo and inconven- iently sited.
Outbound to Oslo (Fri)
London flight recommendations LCY = City, LHR = Heathrow, STN = Stansted
Return from Oslo (Sun)
Regional & Irish options
Glasgow (Prestwick). Ryanair to Oslo (Torp) daily except Mon and Tues. See above under ‘London’ concerning Torp airport.
Liverpool. Ryanair to Oslo (Torp) Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun. See above under ‘London’ concerning Torp airport.
Manchester. SAS to Oslo direct daily except Tues and Sat. Nottingham EM. Sterling Airlines to Oslo Mon, Wed, Fri. Dublin. SAS to Oslo direct Mon, Thurs, Fri and Sun.
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Airport Transfer. Oslo’s Gardermoen airport is linked di- rectly to Lillehammer by intercity express train. Services run approx. hourly and take around 1 hr 45 mins. Costs are com- parable to the UK—expect to pay £35-40 pp return. Garder- moen’s train station is fully integrated into the main airport concourse. On leaving customs, turn right.
Taxis. Lillehammer Taxisentral: t. +47 61 222 020. Taxi rank at Lillehammer train station. Lillehammer Taxisentral also services the Hafjell area. Fares are around £30 one-way between Lillehammer and Hafjell and £10 to go between the ski area and bob track. Book as far as possible in advance— at least an hour—for Hafjell pick-ups.
Ski-bus. A regular winter ski-bus service operates from Lille- hammer to the Hafjell Alpine ski area (15 km, 20 mins). All buses pick up outside the train station, some stop first at the entrance to the Radisson SAS Lillehammer Hotel drive. Note that drop-off is at Hafjell Alpine Centre, from where it is a further 4 km to the bob track (no public transport).
Bobsleigh. Runs are organised through Lillehammer Olympiapark AS. Bookings are taken by email, with pay- ment on the day. It’s often helpful to contact them by tele- phone first to discuss your requirements. (t. +47 61 277 550, email@example.com, www.olympiaparken.no/ english/). Bobraft runs cost approx £16 pp, bobsleigh runs approx £75 pp. Minimum party size is two.
I recommend booking 1-2 bobraft runs to get a measure of the course, followed by one run in the ‘taxibob’ - a genu- ine hardcore bobsleigh ride piloted by a competition-level driver. Each run lasts around 1 min. Bobsleigh passengers get membership of the ‘5G Club’ with certificate and badge. For the bobsleigh you need to be over 16, free from back, neck, heart or lung problems and not pregnant. If in any doubt, consult your GP in advance. Wear good cold-weather, windproof clothing. Remove loose objects, including glasses, and think twice before taking anything delicate (eg camera gear) into the bobsled—it will be shaken to hell and back.
Important: You need to organise your own insurance cover. The majority of winter sports policies will cover bob- sleigh as a passenger, but you may need to pay a small sup- plement—it is essential to check this carefully in advance.