Sarah Rennie is a wheelchair user, and tempted by Scandinavian inclusive design and gourmet delights, she took her first flight in her powered wheelchair to Oslo, Norway.
Sarah decided to take a more expensive flight that arrived in Gardenmoen, the main airport in Oslo, as she heard that airport transfer in Rygge was not accessible. However, she has since found out that the airport will assist you, free of charge, in booking an accessible taxi. So, if you are planning on saving some money on airfare, you could consider taking a budget airline even if it lands in Rygge.
Prior to her trip, Sarah did research on hotel accommodations, and settled with Scandic Byporten. The full-time access consultant, extensive information provided, and accessible hotel amenities like roll-in showers, shower chairs with armrests, and sockets by the bed cemented her choice to stay at this hotel. The delicious breakfasts were a bonus, too!
Managing local transportation
During her trip, Sarah also found out that in the summer, trains to and around Oslo city center are canceled. Yet, train operators were efficient in helping her get an accessible taxi to travel around as well. While accessible taxis are expensive, they can easily fit around 10-12 people, and hence, passengers can split the taxi fare amongst themselves.
With the exception of the trams, which have steps for boarding and alighting, most public transports like buses and the metro system are also accessible. Sarah recommends the sightseeing buses, which offers a tour around the iconic sights! The Oslo Pass is also a handy pass to have, as you can receive free access or discounts to various attractions and restaurants.
Seeing the sights
Sarah managed to visit several places of interests, such as the roof of the Opera House and the Royal Palace. She even took a boat trip across the Fjord and visited the Viking Ship Museum. The ferry schedule will show you which ferries are accessible, but, according to Sarah, she still needed assistance as the ramps are quite steep. One attraction she does not recommend due to inaccessibility is the Folk Museum. A useful website for accessibility information is the Visit Oslo website, Sarah says.
As for the Norwegians, they were friendly and helpful, as seen by the transport staff’s hospitality and assistance. The carefree experience Sarah had in Norway certainly made it a country she desired to explore more of!
“It was a breath of fresh air to be able to go somewhere where getting around and doing everything touristy was completely hassle-free. Just like a holiday should be!”
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