If you’re reading a travel blog, I guess you already tried night buses? It’s generally the cheapest way to travel, and of course it deducts a night to pay ! But unless you’re a good sleeper (not my case), you aren’t gonna be in the best mood on the day which follows !
Public transports :
We were staying 3 days but decided to take an Oslo Pass just for the next two days as it’s really expensive. The full price is 78€ for 3 days, while we spent 47€ for 2 days (student price). But I’d advice you to take it anyway because it gives you free entries to lots of museums, and even some discounts in restaurants ! Don’t be as dumb as us and don’t forget to ask when you’re eating somewhere 😉
Morning ⇒ our night bus, who costed us 10€ each to do Malmö/ Oslo, arrived at 7am so we decided to go get some sleep at our airbnb, so we would enjoy our day better afterwards. We left our airbnb at around 1pm with lots of energy and excitement for this sunny day to finally start.
Afternoon ⇒ on this exploring day, our first stop has been the Opera. This building is one of the most impressive so far ! There is a really beautiful view from the roof and I advice you to go when it’s sunny to enjoy it even more.
Then, we strolled next to the port called Cruise Søndre Akerhus. We took the stairs to the Akerhus Fortress and climbed until being at the very top, where there’s a great castle and the most stunning view.
As the sun goes down so early at this period of the year (around 4.30pm), we first had in mind to do the walks and excursions during the day and to keep the museums for when the night comes. The thing we didn’t know, is that a part of the city also revolves around the time of the sun and some museums are closed at 3/4pm.
Evening ⇒ luckily, the National Museum was open and we spent an hour looking at some stunning paintings. The most known of the gallery is “The Scream” by Munch.
This museum is near the center so we walked in the illuminated streets, trying to find a place to eat.
We then went to sleep with our heads full of ideas for the next couple of days.
On this second day, we started using our Olso Pass to go buy ourselves sandwiches for the picnic we had planned on the little island in front of Oslo, called Hovedøya.
In fact, you can take the ferry at Akker Brygge freely thanks to the Oslo Pass to go see the Olso fjord, which has been a great surprise. Even though it’s not the kind of fjord we all have in mind with breathtaking views, it’s still beautiful ! The ferry drove us to Hovedøya in 5 minuts and it comes back every hour. We explored the island and had a picnic there.
We took the ferry back for a little ride on the sea to explore the fjord. Our boat was stopping at every port of the Nakholmen islands and we couldn’t believe our eyes how beautiful it was.
No need to take an extra sightseeing tour when the Oslo Pass « offers » you something similar !
After this, we took the bus 12 in direction to the Viegelandsparken who is known for its Sculptures, which results of the work of Gustav Vigeland. We did a quick stop of the Hartvig Nissens Skole, which happens to be the high school where the known tv show SKAM is based on.
The Scupture Park is definitely something to see, but be eware that it’s really.. original ! Well… it depends on the kind of art you like.
We headed off the the city center and started a walk in the neighborhood Grünerløkka, which is a kind of alternative place with restaurants, thrift shops and art galleries. It leaded us to a little park with a river, and then to a very cool area at Ingens Gate, which seems to be the alternative place of Oslo with cute decorations, interesting buildings and lots of street arts !
My pictures don’t show the real colors because it was starting to get dark, but it’s definitely a place to check out ! Here’s the “SYNG” bar, which happens to be the colorful karaoke bar in SKAM.
After some shopping at WeekDay and some tourist shops to find a magnet for my collection, we were exhausted. As the restaurants are really expensive in Oslo, we once again decided to do a homemade dinner.
For this last day, we decided to start with a stop of the bus 30 : the Viking Ship Museum, who is quite far to the center. It’s an exposition of old vikings ships, some objects they made and their journey in the North Sea as well as all over the « North world ».
You could then stay in this area to visit other museums ; we personally chose to go back to the city center to eat at Peppes Pizza one last time as it only exists in Norway.
The highlight of our three days in Oslo comes after this : Sognsvann, who is a stunning lake surrounded by a forrest named « Marka ». It’s only twenty minuts away from the center but it’ll make you feel in total harmony with the nature. It’s something wonderful when you think you’re actually in a capital. Lots of locals come here to run, enjoy a bbq, a nice walk, or even a swim in the lake during the summer. It’s accessible with the subway from the city, where you have to take the westbound « Number 5 Sognsvann ».
In a few words, you can’t leave Oslo without going there !
It’ll take you around 40min to walk around the lake and it’ll totally free your mind of any worries.
After heading off to the city to find gifts for our families, we went back home to try to pack our bags with all the things we wanted to bring back with us. It has been an intense week of discoveries, incredible views and we learned so much.
As said in the gold book of our airbnb :
Originally published on 06/12/17