Oslo is the oldest capital in Scandinavia with many attractions to visit; it is also one of the most expensive in Europe. The best time to visit is from May to September when the weather is warm and daylight lasts until very late.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN OSLO
- In Vigelands Parken a group of sculptures of 121 human figures intertwined is on display. The park is open 24 hours and free to enter.
- Slottet (Royal Palace) was built in 1848 and is located in the heart of the city. It is surrounded by large parks and, being located on a hill, offers a panoramic view of Oslo. The changing of the guard takes place at 1.30pm.
- Munch Museum has on display almost all the works of Edvard Munch, the most important contemporary artist from Norway, whose most famous painting is The Scream. It is open from June to September from 10am to 6pm, from October to May 10am to 4pm. It’s closed Mondays.
- Nasjonal Galleriet contains works by Norwegian artists alongside some of Rembrandt and El Greco. It can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, Thursday until 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free.
- Polar Ship Fram is located on the peninsula of Bygdoy and displays a ship specially designed with a round helmet to navigate between the polar ice. The vessel made several explorations Arctic Ocean. In summer you can visit daily from 9am to 5.45pm, in low season there are limited hours.
EATING OUT IN OSLO
This is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Cafés are cheaper than restaurants and particularly good for lunchtime meals as are the numerous stalls and kiosks scattered throughout the city centre.
GETTING AROUND IN OSLO
The public transportation system includes metro, tram, bus and ferry. All public transport in Oslo, including local trains, operates on a common ticket system allowing free transfer within a period of one hour with a regular ticket. Tickets also transfer to the local and inter-city trains, unless a traveller intends to cross the city border.
You can take trains to Bergen (this route is recommended to do during the day to observe the landscape) and Hamburg. You need to make reservations, especially in summer.
The main airport Oslo Airport Gardermoen is located 45 km north of Oslo and takes less than 20 minutes to the centre by train.
TOP TIP IN OSLO
If you want to save on food costs we recommend that you buy in supermarkets and make use of the hostel’s self catering kitchen.