So I’m just back from a long weekend in Oslo, Norway and I was blown away by how great it is!it was my first time to a Scandinavian country, there is so much to do and see there that I will have to make another trip in the future.
PEOPLE & FOOD
The Norweigan people we met were very friendly,helpful and open-minded. Norweigans are very proud of their country which means that if you ask for ideas on things to do they will give you a pretty full list. The food was great, we ate at a variety if places. We ate at Rorbua restaurant which is a pretty informal cozy place by the water on Aker Brygge. It specialises in unique northern Norwegian based dishes such as reindeer. The food and service was very good and the location by the water was great too. We also ate at the Italian restaurant Mamma Pizza where all the bases are made fresh and you can see them being made. This was so amazing and you could really taste how freshly made the food was. We stopped by the portuguese cafe Pastel de Nata on Kongens gate for breakfast and it was sooo tasty. I definitely recommend you drop by for a coffee and a pastry. There are so many restaurants and great places to eat around the city although one place I definitely don’t recommend is Peppes pizza. The service was great…the food unfortunately was not!As for bars, we headed to the Whiskey Bar which looks pretty cool with a great selection of whiskey’s, the Skybar in the Radisson Blu Plaza which has amazing views of the city and the Magic Ice Bar.
PLACES TO STAY
We stayed at the Citybox Hotel, which was a step up from a hostel but not like a regular hotel. It is different as you check yourself in and out and pretty much look after yourself. I found it much faster and convenient but if you are not technology savvy you might hate it! It’s clean and really conveniently located too.
THINGS TO DO
I literally don’t know where to start, there is so much to see and do! We visited the Kon -Tiki Museum which I loved, the National Gallery which displays Munch’s Scream, Madonna and The Girls on the Bridge paintings, Oslo City Hall, the Polar Ship Fram Museum which is really fun and has lots of fun kids activities, Viking Ship Museum, the Opera house, Nobel Peace Museum, Holmenkollen, the Royal palace where we saw the changing of the guard and we did the free walking tour also. There was still so much we didn’t get to see.
I would definitely recommend getting the Oslo Pass, which you can get for 24/48/72hours. We got the 24 hour pass for 335NOK which we found great value as it gives you free entry to more than 30 museums, free public transport, free parking on municipal parking lots, free entry to swimming pools and discounts in some restaurants, shops and leisure venues! You will need value like this as Oslo is very expensive for food and drink. The Magic Ice Bar is about €16 and you get one free drink with that.
Oslo is a great city, it’s very welcoming with so much to offer. The public transport is great, it’s so easy to get around. The city has a really chilled out feel to it compared to other cities I’ve been to. Norway is a wealthy country, because of this food and alcohol are pricey in Oslo. Be prepared to pay around €10 for a drink in a bar and from €15-€20 upward for food. This obviously depends on where you eat! It is definitely a place I would love to return to in the future.
So Safe Travels!xx