My friend and I decided to go to Oslo for the weekend, a girls’ trip to catch up while visiting a new place. I was expecting it to be very expensive, but in fact, I don’t think it’s more expensive than London or Paris, as a tourist. It’s also a small and cosy city, we walked everywhere. I was amazed to see a European capital without traffic jams. It was the 1st of May weekend, but still, so quiet.
First day – walk around
It was so sunny, we walked everywhere. From the train station, we saw (from the outside) the Oslo Cathedral, the beautiful Parliament, the city hall and the Royal Palace. We stopped at the docks to admire the sea. Then we went to check the Opera House, which is in shape of an iceberg and looks very cool. All for free.
One thing I really like about Oslo is that they have lots of… interesting statues.
And one thing I really didn’t like are the cranes. When I was about to take a beautiful photo, argh, the cranes in the background. I said I will even write a post about “posing cranes in Oslo”.
Second day – museums
The museums are not free, but they are totally worth. We were considering buying an Oslo pass for 1 day, but it would’ve not been cheaper for us. But if you add transport or want to visit more museums, it might be cheaper with the pass.
We went to visit Viking Museum. It was interesting to see the ships and learn more about the Vikings, a core episode in Norse history. They also have a nice projection.
Just a few minutes walk away is Fram Museum. We were not very sure at first but decided to go. And it’s definitively one of my favourite museums! It’s all about the Polar expeditions, which is so inspiring and you can also wonder onboard of Fram expedition ship.
Then we went to the National Galleries. Not because we are some art connoisseurs, but because of Munch’s “Scream”.
Last day – ferry tales
Initially, we wanted to squeeze the ferry ride in the previous’ day schedule. But because we took our time visiting all museums, it was already too late. So we booked it for the following morning. The 2h ferry ride along the fjords is not cheap, but one of the main attractions. The best would be to take it at midday and bring lots of warm clothes. The views were very nice, but I spent more time thinking about how the wind can be so cold and how could it go through layers of textile, rather than admiring the scenery.
Personally, I didn’t find it so amazing, and probably the views from other parts of Norway are considerably better. But for a city break, and on a Monday (when all museums are closed), it’s a good idea.
Before heading back, I stopped at Café Cathedral, which is a pretty restaurant a few minutes walk from the train station. I didn’t try the reindeer meat, I still want Santa to bring me the presents, but they have it on the menu. The airport is half an hour ride from the main station, with frequent trains. It’s really easy.
It was a great break from routine, doesn’t need much planning and effort and would definitively recommend it.
Did you like Oslo? I also recommend a weekend trip to Stockholm.