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Oslo

Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway, located on the south coast of the country. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Nevertheless, you only have to drive a few minutes out of the center to be in the quiet countryside. The city, which is surrounded by Bergen and the Oslofjord, offers the perfect mix of big city and nature.

18/06/2019

dear(travel)diary,

hei Norway; hei Oslo! The first stop on our Norway road trip was Oslo. There we were able to get an idea of what else was in store for us on our trip. Because, although Oslo is a big city, its proximity to nature is unmistakable. We noticed this shortly after our arrival! As we made our way from the campsite to the city center, we walked through the Ekebergparken sculpture park. From there, you have a gigantic view of Oslo and the Oslofjord!

Or you can jump in the car and be surrounded by beautiful nature on Vettakollen within minutes. It's no wonder that more and more companies and start-ups are setting up in Oslo in this environment. After all, where better to unwind at the weekend after a stressful week than in nature? What's more, Oslo residents are all surprisingly fit and sporty - understandably so. With so many beautiful spots right on the doorstep, there's nothing I'd rather do than go hiking or jogging.

As you can see, Oslo is a city with a high quality of life. That's why Oslo is not only recommended as a destination for a city trip, but also for a stay abroad!

xx Chiara

Overview:


What to see & discover

  1. Vettakollen
  2. “Dilemma” by Elmgreen & Dragset
  3. Aker Brygge
  4. Ekebergparken Sculpture Park
  5. Akershus Fortress
  6. Holmenkollen Ski Jump & Ski Museum
  7. Royal Castle
  8. Opera House
  9. Oslo Business District
  10. Astrup Fearnley Museum & Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park
  11. Mathallen Market
  12. Former industrial area Vulkan
  13. Karl Johans Gate with the Parliament Stortinget and the National Theater
  14. Nobel Peace Center
  15. Munch Museum
  16. Viking Ship Museum
  17. Resistance Museum
  18. Norwegian Open Air Museum
  19. Vigeland Sculpture Park


Where to eat

We didn't eat out that much in Oslo to save money. Nevertheless, I have two good spots for you when it comes to eating out.

There are countless restaurants and food trucks on the Aker Brygge harbor promenade. Admittedly, they are all a little more expensive, but you'll have the best atmosphere and enjoy your meal alongside the people of Oslo.

Another place where everyone will find something to their taste is the Mathallen food court. There are various food stalls there, so you're sure to find something you like. Mathallen is located just outside the city center, but it's easy to get to!


Camping

We pitched our tent at the Ekeberg campsite. This is located on a hill right next to the Ekebergparken sculpture park. We didn't book the campsite in advance, but simply reserved it on site at reception. We paid NOK 450 for a tent with a car. Showers cost extra (NOK 6).

Otherwise, you can also camp for free on Langøyene. You can reach the islands by ferry. You only need a normal public transport ticket.


Budget Tip

Admission to all Norwegian state collections is free on Sundays. You can therefore use Sundays to see Edvard Munch's Scream in the museum of the same name.

Some other sights such as the Ekebergparken or the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the castle park and the Akerhus Fortress are generally free to visit.



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


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Tips from the community

"The opera is great!"

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