Coming to Oslo from a small town to start college was overwhelming at age 17. So many people, buildings, roads, different smells and noises that was both exciting and challenging. For 10 years I have been living in this wonderful melting pot and it's something I haven't once regretted.
Hemmed by a ‘fjord’ and kilometres of woodland, Oslo is an easy-going city with an eclectic architectural mix of old, new and just plain 1960s that is hard not to like. The perfect size for exploring on foot, the city has great museums, a lively nightlife and plenty of outdoor activities for the energetic.
But many Oslo residents, being avid hikers, skiers and sailors, will fondly tell you that what they love most about their city is how easy it is to leave the city life behind and travel to their little cabins in the mountains during the weekend.
Best Time To Visit
In the late indian summer month august, especially during the Øyafestival - a popular music festival in Oslo.
Places I Like
A restored beach in a picturesque landscape overlooking the city line on the other side.
Visit the parks
Visit Vigelandsparken, the famous sculpture park in Oslo. But don’t forget the newly opened Ekebergpark, a great experience in the heights.
Along the harbour line
Start at the Opera, Akerhus festning and walk towards Tjuvholmen. There you will see new citadels popping up with modern architecture.
Every sunday there are flea-markeds around the city. Tip: Travel to Birkelunden or the little park in Bogstadveien for a great scoop.
Holmenkollen is the hill you see on the north western side of Oslo and is Oslos top attraction “The Ski Jump”. The view from the metro on the way up the hill is actually worth the trip alone.
Just wander around the boroughs. Especially Grunerløkka, Sagene – Torshov, Bislett, Grønland – Tøyen and St hans haugen gives a great variety in the Oslo-vibe.
Wonderful shop with cool clothes, also with 2nd and 3rd-hand! You’ll find it on Bislett.
Places To Eat
A bar/restaurant with great ambiance and creative menu based on traditional norwegian cooking.
Unique coffeeplace/bar. ‘Nuff said.
Habibi is a middle-east gem to the locals. Cheap and very nice!
Get a beer, two beers, three beers etc.
If you’re here during summer: Buy a “one-time-grill”, some sausages, bread, ketchup and mustard at a local market. Find your way up to St.hanshaugen park and start BBQ.
Ways To Travel Around
By foot or by renting a bike are the best and cheapest alternatives. Also remember to buy a VisitOslo-pass. It will give you a discount on several museums etc.
Places To Stay
Comfort Hotel Express
Cheap, young and modern hotel in the city centre.
Oslo isn’t the cheapest city to visit – and there are places that will give you value for money and some won’t.
Ingebjoerg Finnebraaten, Eunika Sopotnicka, Mikhail Markovskiy and Bo Schwartz