So I have been instaspamming everyone with numerous photos from my weekend in Oslo, but now I’ve finally written about it after returning to reality and attempting to do some revision (good luck Jess).
The trip to Norway was for my birthday and it was an amazing weekend.
I’m still so surprised we went made it as we missed our train to the airport. We ended up getting a taxi there, before rushing through security in 30 mins and getting on the flight. Breathe. If we hand’t this would be a real short blog post about a birthday weekend in Oslo that almost happened.
But we made it after we combined our skills and made one functioning adult, and as we descended into Oslo it was covered in snow. It looked like we were going into a snow globe and I was beyond excited.
One thing you notice straight away about Oslo is how efficient and clean everything is, I mean you need public transport? They have it all. Trains from the airport, tram, metro, bus, ferry, all of it. And all of it is high tech, clean, efficient, like a super functioning Ikea futuristic land. And yes it’s as awesome as I just made it sound.
When we arrived we got a train then a tram to our apartment in Bogstadvien and the apartment was lush. I’d never used Air BnB before but it was so worth it.
Then we set out exploring in the torrential rain. After an hour of wandering, we caved and used google maps to find somewhere to have dinner and stop walking round the block. The lesson learnt here is that you CAN always rely on maps from a global satellite! Who knew?
It was a very lovely evening though so I can’t complain too much.
We explored lots of the city, and would both agree that the best way to see Oslo is 100% by foot, despite the amazing transport services, just walk. It’s pretty compact and you’ll find yourself walking round the same block several times (we did loads but maybe that was just us) but it helps you get a really good grip of where you are in the city. After only a day we realised actually how small and close everything was together.
Also get the Oslo pass as it gives you free entry to tons of museums, galleries, on most transport. Super helpful. And you get to go on the Museum ferry aka a ferry that takes you to museum.
By boat you can get to the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, both of which were fantastic. To see three Viking Ships actually made my Anglo-Saxon module seem relevant, which is something that I never thought would happen.
I could write a whole blog post on the Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History) and might at some point, it’s got a whole eighteenth century replica of a Norwegian village including the Stave Church that is all over Instagram.
I also majorly geeked out about the Henrik Ibsen Museum, we only realised it even existed the night before we left, but we managed to squeeze the museum in.
Another must do for a weekend in Oslo is visiting the harbour. We walked around as the sun was setting and wandered past the restaurants, swanky apartments, bars and business buildings. It was stunning, and a truly magical evening.
It’s one of those evenings that a camera will never do justice, but I have a warm lil feeling every time I remember how relaxing and beautiful it was.
It’s an amazing city and perfect for a weekend away.
Have you spent a weekend in Oslo before?