How to enjoy full week in Oslo?

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ATTRACTIONS

Oslo is a popular travel destination with rich cultural offers and a beautiful scenery:

– Vigeland Park,

– National Gallery,

– Kon Tiki Museum,

– Fram Museum,

– Viking Ship Museum (original 1000 years old viking ships; take a look especially at Oseberg),

– Norsk Folkemuseum (open air museum with over 150 Norwegian buildings),

– Oslo City Hall (“the ugliest” building in the world, famous for Nobel Peace Prize; beautiful murals inside)

– Norwegian National Opera And Ballet (futuristic construction facing fjords, which allow you to walk all over it upon its slant outer surface),

– Gata (main Oslo’s street Karl Johans Gate),

– Akershus Fortress,

– The Royal Palace (looks like a twin of USA White House),

– ski jump hill Holmenkollen (check also Ski Museum),

– countless islands with view over beautiful hills (try boat cruise) and colorful summer houses,

– fjords,

– beach,

– mountains,

– parks,

– excellent biking paths,

– bustling cafe (Grünerløkka district).

source: T. Haaland Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAA427yMsl0

If you already done some research on-line, you are probably advised to shorten your time in Oslo and explore other parts of Norway. However, despite the fact that the longest distance between two points in Norway is 1752 km (it’s like from Amsterdam to St Petersburg or like from Oklahoma to Mexico City), its capital Oslo is the most visited city in entire country.

It’s not a coincidence that visitors spent 4.8 million nights in Oslo in 2017!

How should you plan your itinerary in Oslo so don’t feel broke or bored after two days? Honestly, it’s up to your interest, but if you can appreciate good art and versatile landscape, Oslo can be a perfect choice for awesome holidays.

KON-TIKI

Once upon a time, I attended a lesson of Viking language. Besides our teacher, only me and a girl from Ecuador were present for the lesson. The teacher mentioned that he had swum some short part of the Atlantic Ocean on his own (with life vest). I answered that it reminds me of Kon-Tiki. He said “yeah, but it was somewhere around Australia”. Then I told him that Thor Heyerdahl swam from Peru to Polynesia. After the lesson, I asked my classmate if I was right: from Peru? She answered that she doesn’t have a clue of what I was talking about!

Herr Cirkusdirektör presents the original film about inspirational Kon-Tiki expedition from 1950 (the document is not only interesting for history connoisseurs).

source: Herr Cirkusdirektör https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22RvS372DlQ

I would like to also mention one contemporary adventurer from Oslo – Erling Kagge, famous for completing “Three Poles Challenge”. He was the first ever human to reach the North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest.

VIGELAND

Another time, I was watching a good sociopathic “The Snowman” in cinema with my three Nordic mates. I asked them on the beginning of the film: is this forest in Norway? They didn’t know. But then I informed them that this is exactly Oslo as I can recognize Gustav Vigeland’s bronze, iron and granite sculptures from Frogner Park. I felt really happy when one mate repeated this info to another.

This is the biggest sculpture park created by one artist in the world. All sculptures are naked because the author wanted to preserve his artwork regardless of changing trends in fashion and also make focus on different phases of human life common for representatives of all socio – economic classes.

source: Johtah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfcjSLtX3Y

EDVARD MUNCH

Outstanding paintings of Edvard Munch are more worldwide known parts of Norwegian cultural heritage. Everybody should visit the National Norwegian Gallery (The Nasjonalgalleriet) at least once in sake of iconic “The Scream”. It depicts a dread caused by expected challenges in chaotic future. Timeless art.

TOUR

You can learn about unique aspects of Norwegian culture and much, much more during the complete Oslo tour.

It’s a comprehensive bus tour which includes:

– all best sights of Oslo (although part dedicated to Frogner Park is walking),

– a ticket to a museum (you can choose between Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum),

– two hours cruise along breathtaking Oslofjord.

Viking Ship Museum

Fram Museum

Check them out to know which one you prefer more (or would you like to see both on different days?). Don’t forget to complete your purchase.

You can find 48 different activities in Oslo here.

WHERE TO STAY

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Prices in Norway aren’t cheap, but it’s also not the most expensive country in the world. For example, a night in a good 3-stars hotel in Oslo city center may cost you 80 USD which is a good deal on Agoda.com if you compare this with prices for hotels in Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam etc.

I’d recommend you to make smaller daily shopping in supermarkets REMA1000 or Kiwi if you don’t want to overpay for simple food ingredients (prices are almost the same as in many other European countries).

7 DAYS?

Yeah. If you want to experience everything that Oslo has to offer in relaxed pace, you can now take a pen and paper and write down your itinerary. You will notice that Oslo gives people a lot of flexibility, and that Oslo is complete for holidays. You can go sightseeing, sunbathing, hiking, sailing, island hopping, watching fine art, dining, biking, relaxing, exploring history, making stunning photos and whatnot.

Just remember that the period between May and October is much warmer than November – April. Feel welcome to visit Oslo out of season in sake of excellent winter sports infrastructure, but expect freezing cold. Otherwise, summer may treat you with breathtaking fjords and much, much, much more attractions.

author: Sam O’Black