Everything you have read or heard about Scandinavia being expensive, is unfortunately true. But flights can be found for under £100. And we proved that you can have an incredible budget Oslo weekend, if you know when and how to cut some corners. (Still brace yourself to fork out 15+ euro for a sandwich!)
3 THINGS YOU REALLY CANNOT MISS:
GRUNERLOKKA | stayed in a wonderful airbnb in this neighbourhood and it had the perfect arty-hipster-coffee shop vibe. Sunday morning was buzzing in true brunch style. Try Bistro Brocante for a great fish papillote, and gorge-worthy pizza at Villa Paradiso.
OPERA HOUSE | striking architecture both outside and in. The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with Italian marble and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water.
AKER BRYGGE | this is a modern area full of shops and restaurants, but the highlight was lazing away an afternoon napping in the winter sunshine watching the boats in the harbour.
3 THINGS WORTH A SNOOP:
SCREAM GALLERY | you can’t really visit Oslo without popping in to admire Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Madonna at the National Museum and even better it’s FREE on Sundays.
AKERSHUS FORTRESS | a lovely castle surrounded by green space between the Opera House and Aker Brygge, stroll around what was also a former prison and take in views of Oslo.
DRINKS UP HIGH | if you like tall buildings then Radisson Blu offers 34 floor up panoramas with expensive drinks and a stale business-folk atmosphere. The hotel itself is not the best, but nice enough to pop up for one.
3 THINGS TO STEER CLEAR:
OSLO RYGGE | Ryan Air flies in to this airport which is a looooong way out of the city! It’s cheap, but the linking transport is infrequent so try Gardermoen (19 mins).
£££ | yes, the rumours are true. It’s blimmin’ expensive. Keep things cheaper by having some meals and drinks at home (airbnb was a winner) and picnic lunches. We bought booze in duty free on the way over.
ROYAL PALACE | a large slightly underwhelming building, my impression probably not helped by the grey clouds that had rolled in and tired feet! Don’t go out of your way to see this.
1 THING I WISH I’D DONE:
NORWEGIAN NIGHTLIFE | everywhere we went the queues on Saturday night were so big it put us off: not used to such patience, we ended up Park Teatret and a dodgy Mexican bar instead, but check out spaces like Blaa.
AND KNOW THIS: The Scream sold for $119,922,600 at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction on 2 May 2012.
** Unfortunately these pictures are not all mine as I accidentally deleted most of them!