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Norway’s capital, Oslo, is a city with understated appeal. Organised, clean and winter-quiet on first impression, Oslo’s small city centre offers a relaxed atmosphere and a humble blend of historic, retro and ultra modern buildings.
Admittedly, before being invited to my friend’s wedding just outside of the city, I had not considered Oslo as one of my top holiday destinations. I had heard of Norway’s fjords, natural beauty, and of course, the northern lights, but I knew very little about its capital before I flipped open my guide book on the plane over.
I discovered a city that has got itself together. With widespread construction upgrading the inner districts, efficient tram services, a well coordinated tourism authority, mostly bi/multi-lingual locals, lots of cosy cafes and a rich selection of cultural attractions, Oslo was a pleasure to explore.
With about seven days to see Oslo (between side trips), a group of friends and some very helpful local knowledge, I found my time there was spent in equal parts sightseeing and socialising. Although a pretty pricey place, with most museums asking entry fees, coffees costing around AUD$5-8 per cup and basic accommodation ranging between AUD$50-$150 per person per night, I enjoyed Oslo and am glad for the chance to visit.
6 Fun things to do in Oslo during winter
Other tips for Oslo, Norway:
- For a really good source of local info, check out the local tourism site, www.visitoslo.com
- Trams are the easiest way to get from the suburbs and the city, with one ride costing about AU$5 using a trik card bought and topped up at OsloS or at any Narvesen or 7 Eleven store. Keep in mind though that the centre of Oslo is pretty compact and can be walked easily (with a few stops in cafes along the way to keep warm).
- If you’re on a tight budget (and most are when they visit Oslo) avoid eating out and instead, explore the supermarket delights. Local foods to try include: ‘brown cheese’ on toast with jam for breakfast, Smash (corn chip cones covered in chocolate – salty, sweet confusion), and fermented fish, such as salmon, wrapped in potato bread.
- There are also new fancy ski jumps and tobogganing on the mountain near Oslo (you’ll see them lit up at night from the city). I didn’t try it myself but am told by friends that it’s worth a go.