Five years have passed since I went to Oslo, Norway. I went there with my friend.
We went for a weekend, 29.01-01.02.2010. Arrival at Friday morning, departure on Monday morning.
We went by Wizz!Air (cheap) plane from Warsaw to Oslo Torp airport. We had carry-on and registered luggage. The whole trip Warsaw to Oslo was around 4 hours. We arrived to Oslo Torp (around 110 km from Oslo) after 2 hours of flight, then the next 2 hours we went by train to Oslo city centre. If you want to know more about the transport from Oslo Torp to Oslo, please read the post Airport Trains. On the way back to Poland we used a bus to go back to Oslo Torp airport.
In Oslo we were riding for free using Oslo Pass.
We bought 72-hours Oslo Pass, which gave us free entrance to museums, free rides with public transport and a ride on minicruise on the inner Oslo Fjord. It wasn’t cheap, but we really saved money using this pass.
We were really surprised to see shops closed on Sunday. Even grocery stores. Even stores close to the central station. A guidebook we took in the tourist information had info on shops opened on Sunday, it’s good to use that. We were also surprised with the lack of English-language description on food products. Looks like everybody speak English tho. :D
Sorry for the quality, the photos were taken with my mobile’s camera.
Oslo Torp Station. We came here by shuttle bus from the airport. The bus is linked with the train, so you won’t miss it. I wrote earlier about the train connection from Oslo Torp to Oslo.
I had money exactly for the ticket, hotel and Oslo Pass (in cash). No extra money for eating, etc. My Alior Bank ATM card didn’t work in 99,9% ATMs in kms we made around the city centre while looking for ATM. We found this one bank after 5 hours of walking here and there. I was afraid my card won’t be usable in stores, so whenever I run out of money we had a compulsory walk there. It was very inconvenient.
Oslo Budget Hotel on Prinsensgate 6, near the city centre. The room was renewed, but both the mold and the fresh paint were giving me (literal) migraine so we slept by the open window, despite minus temperature outside. If we would knew French, we would be able to hold conversation with our neighbours, as we had heard every word they said. We booked the hotel earlier, it had good opinion, but the reality was disappointing.
A reconstruction of Kon-Tiki boat in the Kon-Tiki museum. Norwegians and Pacific exploration. If you can’t go there, I recommend reading a book or watching a film about this expedition.
As we missed a bus from Bydgoynes (after visit in museums) we went for a walk, a bit. along the bus route.
Viking ship in a museum. That was a grand view!
Folk museum. I wrote already about it. Photo made some time before we noticed that I’m loosing a heel in my (only pair of) shoes. Looks like walking in a deep snow hurt them. We had to go quickly for a shopping. My new boots were for 700 NOK on sale (from 1200) and it’s (was) still my most expensive pair of boots.
A cruise on the Oslo Fjord.
We went for a sledge ride to Frognerseteren (by metro/train from Oslo city centre). The usual train was going only to Besserud, where we had to change into a shuttle bus . The stations were being under renovation before FIS World Ski Championship in 2011.
Frognerseteren is a popular place for cross-country skiing also. Most people with skis in train had the cross-country skis. Looks like downhill skiing isn’t too popular.
This is not the whole trip. Not all places we visited. I wrote earlier about Folk museum in Oslo (to be specific, about an old church). The readers of my Polish book blog could see photos from the museum too, showing the culture of Sami people.
I love this city. If I’d have to move somewhere in Europe, I’d definitely move there. I’m definitely going to Oslo next time I have a chance.
Did you go to Oslo? What do you think of it? What kind of adventures you had there?