9 Top Travel Tips for Visitors to Oslo, Norway
Or put another way, things you may want to consider before travelling to Oslo in Norway
The long weekender a 3 part picture post
Top Tip (1) For travelers from the UK It’s very expensive, at probably about twice the price of the UK average for food and possibly 3 times the UK price for a drink with a bottle of beer costing about a tenner
The Museum of Modern Art as seen from the water, with viewing lift in background. Yopu pay a small fee to ride to the top of this free standing lift shaft which offers pretty good views.
Top Tip (2) If travelling on a budget you may be surprised to find buying in supermarket is generally no cheaper than eating out, but tap water is free and restaurants quite happy to provide it, even adding sliced lemon and cucumber in some places.
Picture of one of the current exhibits in the Museum of modern art, pretty funky place and some very interesting pieces as well as some downright bizarre installation including a gold life size porcelain of Micheal Jackson with chimp and a collection of heads of what is supposed to be Tom Cruise but looks nothing like him!
Top Tip (3) If your flight leaves you arriving late at night from the UK, as ours did with Ryanair from Manchester, there is a bus from the Airport to the City and is the cheapest way to get from the airport to the city, but try and choose accommodation that doesn’t involve a Taxi ride to your final destination. We took a 10 minute taxi ride and paid about £25!
I particularly liked this pieces which is a shelf of books with books made of thin sheet steel.
Top Tip (4) If there is one must see destination for the short break weekender in Oslo and there are quite a few noteworthy places to visit it has to be the sculpture park, it’s unique and outstanding.
To the foreground of this picture is a small beach where locals go swimming when the weather permits brilliant public space so close to the city.
Top Tip (5) Whatever budget traveler you may be get an Oslo pass, worth its weight in gold as it includes all public transport, entry to various museums and attractions, including the ferry to visit the Viking museum.
I loved this tidy and uniform display of Violas against the outside wall of the museum.
The Modern Art Museum is also the contemporary heart of modern Oslo and situated on the waterfront is a prime spot with some very nice apartments and restaurants.
Nipples on a grass mound.
Top Tip (6) Airbnb offers a fantastic selection of apartments available in and around Oslo many of which are available for very reasonable rental fees for a weekend visit, but it may also be worth spending bit more on a centrally located apartment, as it may well save a lot in transport costs.
I love this piece of public art chrome diver set to dive.
Everywhere you go in Oslo you are never too far from water whether its the sea or the countless water fountains
Street scene Oslo on a busy Saturday
Top Tip (7) Top, Top Tip; when renting an apartment, bring your own coffee, tea, sugar and other dried foods, as it will save you a lot of money whether staying for a weekend, a week, or longer.
Statue to the front of the Royal Palace
Similar to the UK Norway has a Royal Family here a picture of the changing of the guard. The Palace itsefl although set in an imposing hilltop location is a rather dull looking building
I love this water feature combination of brass tubes creating a curtain of water
Top Tip (8) Putting the cost to one side Oslo is a great city and a wonderful place to spend a long weekend with lots to see and do! Just don’t forget your wallet.
This fountain is to the rear of the Palace and set in a nicely wooded area of park
I like the retro look of the rooftop sign and clock for Norwegian chocolate Freia. The seagull atop also obviously finds it a nice spot to perch on too
Top Tip (9) In the spring summer the sun may set at 12 midnight but rise again at 2am. It never really gets dark in summer. If you are the type of traveller who has difficulty sleeping in the light bring an eye mask!
The sun sets on day 1 of the Oslo weekender but not for long!
Getting there and away from the UK
Ryainair have direct flights from Manchester Click here for info
We chose AirB&B lovely flat if a little far out from the center, however public transport is very good with regular bus services to and from. Click here for info
Top tourist spots mentioned in this post
Museum of Modern Art click here for more info
Royal Palace and Gardens click here for info