Oslo the Tiger City!
Oslo! Capital City of Norway, where the nobel peace prize is awarded, it’s also known as the Tiger City! It was founded in 1000AD and has been the capital since 1814.
Even though it’s in the South of Norway, it shares the same latitude as Alaska, and it used ti be called Christiana after Christian IV of Denmark. Edvard Munchs famous painting ‘The Scream’ is found here and is based on a view you can find in Oslo.
My trip to Oslo was mainly because I wanted to head up to the Arctic Circle and see the Northern Lights but was interested to see what the City had for me and I wasn’t disappointed.
I flew in with Ryanair, but it was only after I had booked my flights that I realised how far Oslo Torp is from the city. Luckily you can take a straight through train that takes about 1 hour 45 minutes.
I started my adventure at the Operahuset, a modern building completed in 2007 that’s built right onto the water. You can climb up the steps to the top of the building and check out the views.
Head over to the Revierkaia for a cool, hipster vibe area to grab a beer, sit back and relax. Spot the tiny little floating sauna as you walk there.
Wandering the streets of Oslo, I came across so many fun statues everywhere it was the perfect photoshoot opportunity. This led to the ultimate statue park Vigeland! On the way I checked out the unassuming Royal Palace where the King and Queen still stay, it’s a modest building and not what I was expecting.
Anyway, Vigeland can be found in Frogner park and has over 200 sculptures all by Gustav Vigeland with The Angry Boy, The Monolith and The Wheel Of Life being some of the more famous ones. It’s also completely free. You approach along a bridge lined with the sculptures then follow them up to The Monolith.
I was staying in the Aker Brygge area, and headed back there for dinner and a drink, Oslo is an expensive city and to budget I definitely reduced the amount I would usually drink on holiday! It’s a nice area with lots of restaurants/bars and a cute walk out along the fjord with some cool sculptures here too.
The next day I leisurely got up and had breakfast at the hotel, if you can find somewhere with breakfast included in expensive countries it’s always a winner.
I was off to explore Oslo’s castle just across the water from my hotel, dating from 1299 Akershus fortress has served as a prison, an army base and currently serves the prime minister’s offices. There’s lots to see and do here, I enjoyed walking around the grounds, stopping off to marvel at the architecture and history.
There were even some old fashioned UN vehicles in the grounds. I spent a couple.of hours just walking along the coast back past the opera house and along to Sorenga. They had a great outdoor pool here to try and a few nice bars and restaurants.
After that it was time for a Viking lesson at the Viking ship museum. I took the ferry from Aker Brygge City hall pier 3 to the Bygdoy peninsula. It cost 75NOK return. You can also get a bus from the central station.
The Viking ship museum is 120NOK to enter and houses the best preserved Viking ship in the world!
While I was there I also visited the maritime museum, which had really interesting displays and interactive features It had loads of information on arctic exploration which was cool.
It was time to head back home after an amazing experience in Norway. Yes it’s expensive but there are a lot of free activities too. I picked up my stuff and headed for the train station, ready to face the hour and 45 minute train journey to the airport.