Here is a sampling of low-cost airfare deals gleaned from the Web site Skyscanner.net. Be sure to check with the airline for the latest update on security and delays.
Next weekend — Aug. 25-27Oslo, Norway:106.69 pounds round trip
Fly Norwegian Air from London Stansted to Oslo.
Oslo, the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals, boasts enough beautiful parks, fascinating museums and architectural delights to keep the cameras flashing.
You may need a full day to explore Bygdoy, whose peninsula is home to some of Oslo’s most popular attractions and beaches. Here visitors can explore the Vikingskiphuset, where three preserved Viking burial vessels are on display, and roam the largest open-air museum, the Norsek Folksmuseum. Stroll along the Karl Johans Gate, Oslo’s main pedestrian street, to visit the shops and sidewalk cafes. Just remember to bring plenty of pocket money — Oslo is rated by Swiss bank UBS as the most expensive city in the world.
Next month — Sept. 22-24Gothenburg, Sweden:41.58 pounds round trip
Fly FlyME from London Stansted to Gothenburg.
Situated on the west coast of Sweden, Gothenburg’s port witnesses a considerable portion of the country’s imports and exports. Visitors can see one of the city’s 17 museums including the City Museum which houses the only Viking ship in Sweden open to the public and the Maritime Museum which explores more than 400 years of Swedish maritime history. Listen for the 42 bells of Christaine Church, also called the German Church, that toll at 8 a.m., noon, 6 and 8 p.m. Don’t forget to grab a boat ride out to Elfsborg Fortress.
Six months from now — Feb. 23-25Budapest, Hungary:51 pounds round trip
Fly Easyjet from London Gatwick to Budapest.
Budapest is steeped in history and much of it can be explored today with a visit to one of the many museums throughout the city. Murals and mosaic floors are among the artifacts of the 2,000-year-old ruins of the Roman town, Aquincum at the Aquincum Museum and Roman Ruins. Underneath Budapest lay 200 known caves formed from thermal waters. Visitors can tour four of the most famous, including Castle Cave, whose six miles of tunnels wind under the Castle District of Buda or Chapel in Rock, which has an entrance in the hillside 75 feet above the River Danube.
Visitors looking for some healing can take a plunge in one of the city’s thermal baths containing thermal water believed to have medicinal properties. Budapest evenings provide opportunities for theatrical performances, opera and classical music concerts. Before heading home, take in a panoramic view of the whole city from Fishermen’s Bastion.
Airfare prices are courtesy of the Web site www.skyscanner.net and are subject to change depending on availability. Prices include estimated taxes.
— Heather Klinglesmith