My first trip to Oslo was in 2010. I went there with my friend.
We went for a weekend, 29.01-01.02.2010. Arrival on Friday morning, departure on Monday morning.
We went by Wizz!Air (cheap) plane from Warsaw to Oslo Torp airport. Each of us had a carry-on and registered luggage.
The whole trip Warsaw to Oslo was around 4 hours. We arrived at Oslo Torp (about 110 km from Oslo) after 2 hours of flight. Then the next 2 hours we spent on a 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 public transport for free using Oslo Pass.
We bought 72-hour Oslo Pass, which gave us free entrance to museums, free rides with public transport and a ride on a mini cruise on the inner Oslo Fjord. It wasn’t cheap, but we really saved money using this pass.
We were astonished 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 stores opened on Sunday, and it’s good to use that. We were also surprised with the lack of English-language description on food products. It looks like everybody speaks English tho. 😀
Oslo 2010 Trip
Sorry for the quality, I took the photos with my mobile’s camera.
Oslo Torp Station. We came here by shuttle bus from the airport. It’s connected to the train so that you won’t miss it.
I had money precisely 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 a few kilometer radius around the city centre. We found this one bank after 5 hours of walking here and there. I was afraid my card wouldn’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 mould and the fresh paint were giving me a migraine. So we slept by the open window, despite minus temperature outside. If we knew French, we would be able to hold a conversation with our neighbours, as we had heard every word they said. We booked the hotel earlier, it had a 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 the visits 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. Photo made some time before we noticed that I’m losing a heel in my (only pair of) shoes. Looks like walking in 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 still my most expensive pair of boots ever.
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. Downhill skiing isn’t too popular.
The photos above don’t cover the whole trip. I wrote earlier about Folk museum in Oslo (to be specific, about an old church).
I love this city. If I’d have to move somewhere in Europe, it’d be Oslo for sure. I’m 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?