A WEEK IN OSLO WITH AIRBNB

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The city, located at the innermost point of the Oslo fjord, is Europe’s quickest growing capital.

Known for its maritime sector and best salmon fish, Oslo is home to many ship companies, being one of the most important points for maritime trade in Europe.

The municipality of Oslo has a population of over 645 000, which keeps increasing at record rates mainly due to international immigration and high birth rates.

Oslo has been placed several times amongst the top most expensive cities in the world, as well as number one in Europe for its quality of life.

Because of its location and latitude, in the Scandinavian area in northern Europe, summer nights never get completely dark with over 18 hours of daylight.

The weather is known as humid continental with strong seasonality, although its temperatures are rather moderated considering how far north the city is located, and it is not particularly rainy.

 

BASIC THINGS TO KNOW

  • Currency: NOK
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Important phone numbers:

Area code: +47

Fire Brigade 110

Police Department: 112

Ambulance Service: 113

Oslo Taxi: 02323

 

WHAT TO DO

Based on my own experience during a trip to the city in the month of March, I wrote this scheduled guide to make the most out of each day while still being able to have some relaxing time and enjoy the city.

If you are interested in learning more about my 5-day Travel Guide on the city of Oslo just keep reading!

DAY 1

– Arrival at Rygge Airport.

Take the bus Riggeexpressen to the city’s Bus Terminal. Click here for information on prices.

Head to the Oslo Visitor Centre, where you can purchase the OSLO PASS for: Free entry to more than 30 museums , free public transport and discounts on sightseeing and special offers at restaurants and shops.

Get to your Airbnb: Renting a place through this website can be more affordable than a stay at a hotel! If you want to stay at a nice apartment somewhere else in the world and still feel like you are at home during your holidays this would be your best choice!

 

– Explore the city centre:

City Hall

Opened in 1950. Splendidly decorated with motifs from Norwegian history, culture and working life. The city’s political and administrative leadership is based here, and it is here that the Nobel Peace Prize is presented on December 10th. The roof of the eastern tower has a 49-bell carillon which plays every hour.

All guided tours must be booked via the City Hall’s website, which also shows when the City Hall is closed to the public.

Daily free guided tours during the summer (1/6-15/8) at 10, 12 and 14 hours.

Guided tour of the clock tower on Sun. at 14:45 in July.

Open: Mon-Sun 9-16

Address: Fridtjof Nansens plass

Website: http://www.rft.oslo.kommune.no

 

The Nobel Peace Center

Presents Alfred Nobel, the peace prize laureates and their work, as well as current issues such as war, peace and conflict resolution. The exhibitions are varied, and include photographs, films, digital installations and interactive solutions. Explore the center by yourself or join a guided tour.  There are also activities for children a museum shop and café Alfred.

Tickets and Opening Hours

Address: Rådhusplassen

Website: http://www.nobelpeacecenter.org

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Nobel Peace Center, Oslo.

 

The Royal Residence

Built in 1824-48 in Christiania. Regular tours in English: Every day 12, 14, 14.20 and 16. Royal birthdays: 14, 14.20 and 16. Tickets sold at Oslo Visitor Centre, Narvesen, 7 Eleven and via http://www.billettservice.no. Remaining tickets sold at entrance. Changing of the guards every day at 13.30. Displays by His Majesty’s Royal Guard on selected days in the summer season.

Prices

Open: Late June to mid-August.

Transport: Bus 30, 31, 81. Tram 13, 19. Metro to Nationalth.

Address: Slottsplassen 1

Website: http://www.kongehuset.no

 

The National Gallery 

Houses Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, graphic art, drawings and sculptures. The permanent exhibition “Livets dans” shows the collection’s highlights of Norwegian and international paintings and sculptures from antiquity until 1950. The gallery features more than 300 masterpieces, including J.C. Dahl and Romanticism, Christian Krohg and Realism, evocative paintings from 1900 and one of the two Edvard Munch’s Scream paintings, Madonna and The Girls on the Bridge. Museum shop and café / The French Salon

Prices

Free admission on Thursdays

Open: Tues, Wed, Fri 10-18, Thurs 10-19, Sat, Sun 11-17

Transport Tram 11, 17, 18 to Tullinløkka and 13, 19 to Nationalth.

Address: Universitetsgata 13

Website: http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no

 

Parliament

Saturday tours from 9/1 to 18/6 (except 19/3, 26/3, 14/5) and from 27/8 to 10/12 (except 1/10). Tours in English at 10 and 11.30. Summer tours Mon-Fri from 27/6 to 12/8. Tours in English at 10 and 13. Meet up 15 minutes beforehand by the entrance on Akersgt. Tours last 1 hour. Maximum 30 people per tour. Booking is not available. Subject to changes, visit our website for updated information.

Price: Free admission

Address: Karl Johans gate 22

Website: http://www.stortinget.no

 

Cathedral

Oslo Cathedral was sanctified in 1697, and is the principal church for the City of Oslo, Oslo bishopric and the nation. Cruciform design – the pulpit, altar and organ with its acanthus carvings are all original. Extensive ceiling paintings by Hugo Louis Mohr from 1936-50. Stained-glass paintings by Emanuel Vigeland. “Grisaille” stained-glass paintings by Borgar Hauglid. Bronze doors by Dagfinn Werenskiold. The arcade structure around the cathedral was built in 1841-1858.

Price: Free admission

Opening Hours

Transport: Metro (all lines). Bus 70. Tram 11, 12, 17, 18

Address: Stortorvet

Website:  www.oslodomkirke.no

 

The Munch Museum

Contains the world’s largest collection of Edvard Munch’s art. Get an insight into the artist as one of the pioneers of expressionism. In 2016 Edvard Munch will be presented in three unique instances together with prominent artists. The year starts with Mapplethorpe+Munch, then Johns+Munch and ends with Jorn+Munch. Each exhibition focuses on different facets of Munch’s art in conjunction with these artists.

Prices and Opening Hours

Transport: All metros to Tøyen and bus 20 to Munchmuseet.

Address: Tøyengata 53

Website: http://www.munchmuseet.no

 

Finish the day by the Port where you can enjoy a nice dinner with a sea view!

 

DAY 2

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

“The blue and the green and the city in between”. From the top of Holmenkollbakken ski jump you can experience a 360 degree panoramic view of the city, fjord and hinterland. In addition, you will find the world’s oldest ski museum, 2 exciting shops, a ski simulator and café.

Prices

Open all year round.

Transport: Metro 1 to Holmenkollen

Address: Kongeveien 5

Website: http://www.holmenkollen.com

 

Vigeland Park

One of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions with more than one million visitors a year. This unique sculpture park represents the life work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869- 1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and forged iron. Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park. Nice spot for a picnic lunch!

Price: Free admission

Open: The park is open 24 hrs/day all year

Transport: Tram 12 to Vigelandsparken. Metro to Majorstua. Bus 20 to Vigelandsparken

Address: Entrance Kirkeveien

Website: http://www.vigeland.museum.no

 

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Lake at Vigeland Park, Oslo.

 

DAY 3

– Take the Ferry from Aker Brygge to Bygdoy, (operates between April and October!) where you can visit several museums:

Viking Ship Museum

The world-famous Viking ships and unique burial artifacts from boat graves around the Oslo fjord: Oseberg, Gokstad, Tune and Borre. The ships had been used for sea voyages before being hauled ashore for a royal ship burial more than 1100 years ago. The ships were used as burial chambers, richly adorned and with ample supplies of food and drink, dogs and domestic animals, and other artifacts for use in the after-life. The shop has a large selection of souvenirs and books.

Prices and Opening Hours

Address: Huk Aveny 35

Transport alternative: Bus 30. Ferry from Rådhusbrygge 3 (April-Oct)

Website: http://www.khm.uio.no

 

Frammuseet

Fram and Gjøa are the world’s most famous polar exploration ships! Come on board Fram and journey to the world’s coldest and most dangerous places – the North and South Pole! Information is in 10 different languages. Watch a short film about the history of polar exploration in the museum’s new screening auditorium. Spectacular models, activity centre, fear instilling polar simulator and a simulated North Lights display every 20 minutes. Café and large museum shop.

Prices and Opening Hours

Transport alternative: Bus 30. Ferry from Rådhusbrygge 3 (April-Oct)

Address: Bygdøynesvn. 36 Tel: 23 28 29 50

Website: http://www.frammuseum.no

 

Kon-Tiki Museet

Thor Heyerdahl rose to fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean with the Kon-Tiki in 1947. Further adventures followed with voyages on the Ra and Tigris seed boats. Experience the original rafts and up to date exhibitions on Heyerdahl’s expeditions, including Kon-Tiki, Ra, Tigris, Easter island, Fatuhiva, Tùcume, Galapagos, spelunking, the underwater exhibition and more. Daily viewings of the original “Kon-Tiki” movie.

Prices and Opening Hours

Transport alternative: Bus 30. Ferry from Rådhusbrygge 3 (April-Oct)

Address: Bygdøynesveien 36

Website: http://www.kon-tiki.no

 

The HL Centre

Research and information centre established at Villa Grande. The centre focuses on themes relating to the Holocaust, genocide in general and living conditions for minorities. The centre has an exhibition on the Holocaust, with focus on the fate of Norwegian Jews during the Second World War. The exhibition also covers other genocides, and aims to expose how historical events are relevant to today’s society.

Prices and Opening Hours

Transport alternative: Bus 30. Ferry from Rådhusbrygge 3 (April-Oct)

Address: Huk aveny 56

Website: http://www.hlsenteret.no

 

Norks Folkemuseum

Open-air museum: Gol stave church from 1200 and other buildings and environments show the culture and history of Norway’s many regions and cities, both then and now. In summer: Daily activities, costume-clad guides, folk dancing, music and domestic animals. Building interiors viewable all year. Activities at weekends and Christmas market. Exhibitions: Wood-carving, traditional rose painting, folk dress, Samí artifacts and interiors from town and country.

Prices and Opening Hours

Transport alternative: Bus 30. Ferry from Rådhusbrygge 3 (April – Oct)

Address: Museumsveien 10

Website: http://www.norskfolkemuseum.no

 

– Take the ferry to Aker Brygge back to the city centre

Fort Akershus

Medieval castle from around 1300 AD. Remodeled to a renaissance castle in the first half of the 17th century. Today, the castle’s splendid halls are used by the government for State events. The castle chapel and the Royal Mausoleum are also open to the public. Groups may reserve guided tours all year round.

Prices and Opening Hours

Address: Bygning 2 Akershus festning

Website:  www.akershusfestning.no

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Port of Oslo (View from the Fort Akershus)

 

DAY 4

– Start the day off early heading to the Opera house to breathe in the ocean breeze and enjoy the amazing view of the city!

Oslo Opera House

Home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Norway’s largest music and performing arts institution. When attending the opera, ballet and other performances you may care to stroll around the unique building’s roof, explore the magnificent foyer, visit the shop, take a coffee, dine at one of the restaurants, or take a guided tour (daily) and acquire an insight into what goes on backstage before the curtain rises.

Ticket Information and Opening Hours

Address: Kirsten Flagstads plass 1

Website: http://www.operaen.no

 

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Opera House, Oslo.

 

– Let’s go shopping!:

Whether you rather walk around the touristic street of Karl Johans Gate or check out one of the shopping centers in the city, you will be able to find a variety of stores to fill any of your desires, from fashion and shoes to souvenir shops. One thing to keep in mind is the opening hours – Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm (approx.)

**One of my biggest discoveries was Cubus, which seems to be one of the largest clothing chains around the Scandinavian countries with very affordable prices and quality clothes for men, women, children and babies! You will most probably run across one of the few stores they have in the city.**

Bogstadveien: Popular shopping street amongst locals. Here you can find  everything from high-street stores to unique boutiques and well-known chain stores such as H&M or Helly Hansen.

Grünerløkka: Most visited by the younger crowd, in this area you can find outdoor markets, small shops and vintage clothing stores as well as cafes and bars.

Aker Brygge Shopping Centre

Oslo City Shopping Centre

 

– Get ready to head down to town and enjoy the Norwegian nightlife!

Karl Johan – City Centre: The most touristic area of the city, with the main street Karl Johan in the middle, have a wide variety of different pubs, bars and nightclubs that attract all kinds of people.

Grünerlokka District: The atmosphere is more relaxed and low-maintained. The bars, cafes and pubs in the Grünerlokka and Grönland district are smaller and more intimate, and have a more laid-back, homier feel.

 

DAY 5

– Once you have packed and before you are ready to leave the country, you must try a seafood restaurant and enjoy a typical Norwegian salmon dish! Bear in mind that it might be a pricey lunch but it will most probably be a once in a lifetime opportunity. These are the top most recommended restaurants you can check out:

Solsiden Restaurant

Lofoten Fiskerestaurant

 

– It is time to go! Check out of your Airbnb accommodation, grab your belongings and head to the Bus Terminal, where you can get the Riggeexpressen bus that will take you back to the  Rygge Airport!

 

To learn more about Oslo go to: http://www.visitoslo.com/

 

 

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