2017 saw another adventure take place during the month of July as my friends and I interrailed through Scandinavia! Our first stop was Oslo, we had two days of touring around the city and today's post is going to be all about it.
Vikings, Forts & Lots of Boats
Oslo itself is a relatively small city compared to others I have been to. There was surprisingly more to do than I initially thought. Alot of the main museums are on a little island about 20 minutes off the mainland, however there are some pretty impressive buildings in the city itself.
We did a tour of the Norwegian Parliament which was extremely interesting. For those of you who don't know, Norway has a King, Prime Minister and Parliament, unlike other monarchy the Parliament can decide at any time to 'get rid of' the King. I thought it was both interesting and confusing!
City Hall was also an interesting place, the main foyer was huge with murals and marble everywhere. It's free to visit - always a bonus!
Fram, Viking & Kon-Tiki Museums
A short ferry ride from the harbour takes you to Bygdøy where there are several museums for you to see. The first is the Viking museum, a MUST DO! It is about a 10 minute walk from the dock so make sure and bring comfy shoes! Follow that by a 15/20 walk to the trio of museums - The Kon Tiki Museum, seeing the adventures of a group of men across the Atlantic on a raft. The Maritime Museum - more boats to look at but really nice views of the city skyline and the Fram Museum - Norway's most visited spot which houses a giant polar ship - very cool!
All these are included in the OSLO CITY PASS. It cost us €60 and it included most of the sites along with public transport, ferries and discounts to restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe.
Oslo, like most Scandinavian countries is expensive so the pass makes it more affordable. Food and Alcohol are very expensive so being smart, going to supermarkets, getting water for the day, snacks and then a good meal in the evening is advisable.
Things to do...
In my opinion two days is more than enough to see all Oslo has to offer. The Olso Pass is a must to make it a bit easier on the pockets. Check out my blog to see the Oslo - Bergen railway here (the most scenic rail journey in the world).
Hope you enjoyed reading this post. Also a thank you for helping me get to the Finals of the V by Very Blog Awards for the travel category! You have no idea how much it means to me and here's to bigger and better things to come!
Until next time,