Travel to Oslo
Oslo - what to see and why to go?
Sunny capital of fairy-tale Norway, located in the South of the country. This dynamically developing city, founded by the Vikings in the 11th century, is considered one of the oldest European capitals. The city has played a major role in the history of the country since the 13th century, as it was the Royal residence in the castle-fortress Akershus (Akershus Slott), built by king Haakon V.
After a fire in the 17th century, Oslo was renamed Christiania by king Christian IV and rebuilt almost anew, losing its status as the capital. In 1925, the city returned its historical name, and Oslo itself became one of the most important capitals in Europe. The population of the capital is 600 thousand people, occupying only a quarter of the territory of Oslo, the rest of the city is covered with forests.
Why go to Oslo?
Oslo is perfect for an active holiday with friends, as well as for a relaxing holiday with the whole family. The stunning nature of these places perfectly harmonizes with the developed urban infrastructure. After a busy walk along the picturesque embankments and streets of the city, visiting unique museums, you can relax in parks or swim in forest lakes, and in winter – go ice skating in the heart of the capital or try out the ski trails on the tops of the mountains surrounding the city.
At present, Oslo is actively developing night life, so entertainment lovers will have something to do in the evenings after a relaxing holiday in SPA centers or busy shopping. The best festivals and concerts in Europe all year round make Oslo the capital of Norwegian cultural life.
When is it better to go to Oslo?
The best time to visit the capital of Norway is from the end of may to September, despite the fact that the winters are quite mild and the temperature rarely falls below-5°C. In summer, tourists can enjoy all the sights under the open sky, summer cafes and picturesque bays with city beaches, where you can bask in the sun surrounded by huge boulders of the Oslo fjord, swim and have a picnic.
In summer, almost every week, there are festivals of rock, jazz and folk music. In autumn, Oslo is usually calm due to rain and short Sunny days – it gets dark by 3 PM. On the eve of Christmas and in January, life in the city comes to life and Oslo turns into a fairy-tale city, decorated with colorful lanterns with colorful shop Windows. In all shopping centers in January, there are large sales that attract thousands of tourists. At the end of winter, sports enthusiasts go to Oslo, and the ski season ends by Easter.
Before the trip:
Time in Oslo differs by 2 hours from Moscow time in summer (from the end of March to the end of October) and by 3 hours in winter. The capital of Norway is considered one of the most expensive in Europe, so you need to plan your budget in advance. The national currency of Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK), equal to approximately 5.56 rubles (1 Euro ~ 7.7 NOK).
Prices in Oslo are very high, so dinner in a decent restaurant will cost 50 euros per person without drinks, and a room for two in a three – star hotel-120-150 euros. Even a big Mac with cappuccino at McDonald's will cost about 10 euros. The price of a one-time public transport ticket purchased in advance is 30 NOK, and the driver's fare is 50 NOK. Money can be exchanged at any Bank or at one of the Forex exchange offices, and it is also convenient to pay with a Bank card almost everywhere. The city has a well-developed tourist infrastructure, almost everyone speaks English, so every traveler will be able to explore Oslo independently without experiencing any inconvenience. There is a unified transport system-the purchased ticket will be valid on the bus, tram, metro, commuter trains and sea trams for an hour with any number of transfers, and you can also buy a travel card for the day or a tourist card Oslo Pass. Information about applying for a visa to Norway.
What to try from food and drinks?
Real Norwegian cuisine is distinguished from others by the emphasis on the nutritional value of products. This is mainly lamb, venison, whale meat, herring, seafood and vegetables, so for vegetarians the menu will not be as diverse as, for example, in Indian cuisine. Among the delicacies you should try local mussels, scallops, salmon marinated in sugar syrup, Lutefisk (Lutefisk) – dried cod soaked in an alkaline solution, goat cheese (Geitost), Norwegian strawberries (Jordbaer) and aquavit (aquavit) – potato vodka infused with herbs.
Walking along the waterfront of Aker Brygge, you should definitely buy a sandwich with fresh fish and sit on the boardwalk right by the water. For dessert, be sure to try dishes with cloudberries – "Arctic raspberries", as it is called by the locals.
What should I bring as a gift from Oslo?
The most popular Souvenirs from Norway are bright knitted sweaters, as well as traditional silver jewelry. From the budget options for gifts, you can advise to buy wooden carvings, caramel goat cheese, Norwegian "potato vodka" aquavit, Troll figures or beautifully designed jars of herring.
Where to eat cheap in Oslo?
If you buy food in stores, you can significantly save on the trip. The cheapest ready-made food is sold at Narvesen and 7 Eleven kiosks, and ready-made meals can be reheated on request. From low-cost eateries, you can visit the popular Bagel&Juice chain, where sandwiches and burgers are made from local organic products, and Pepper's Pizza. In the basement of the Paleet Department store, you can eat in inexpensive Chinese and Japanese restaurants, and along Torggata and Grønlandsleiret, you can eat in Iranian and Indian eateries.
Shopping in Oslo
In the heart of Oslo on the main street of the city - Karl Johans gate (Karl Johans gate) are the main shopping centers-Oslo City, Byporten, Glasmagasinet, Steen & Strøm, Paléet, Eger Karl Johan and Aker Brygge. Luxury clothing and accessories boutiques can be found on Akersgata street. Souvenirs are best purchased in the area of the city Hall. There are antique shops and exclusive boutiques on Frogner street and Bygdøy allé. You can evaluate new products by Norwegian designers in stores on Grünerløkka street. And in the immigrant district of Grønland, you can find the cheapest and freshest fruits and vegetables and a large selection of spices.
Where to relax with children in Oslo?
Traveling in Norway with a child is a pleasure: hotels and museums offer good discounts for children, and they can take place everywhere for free under the age of 4. The most popular place of entertainment for children is considered to be the tusenfryd amusement Park, which is open from may to the first week of October inclusive, and the month of July is seven days a week. On its territory there are more than 30 attractions, including For the youngest and the badefryd water Park. Children will also enjoy riding the Tomas-toget steam train and the Oslo-toget Christian IV train and seeing the sights of the city. With children, you can go To the Museum of children's art (Barnekunstmuseet), which presents more than 100,000 exhibits from 180 countries.
You can visit the film Museum (Filmmuseet) for free and admire the puppets from cartoons. If the child loves animals, then it can be taken to the terrarium (Oslo Reptile Park), which contains more than a hundred animals – snakes, chameleons, lizards, turtles and frogs, which you can pet and hold in your hands.