Exploring Oslo- Top things to do in just a few days!
Updated: Mar 6, 2019
If you thought Denmark was expensive, oh boy are you in for a rude awakening! Norway is the single most expensive place I have ever been visited. $20 a beer, $25 for a cheeseburger, $10 junk food that might have been dog meat. But like any place, it has some things to see and learn. I had an interesting experience in Oslo. If anything I have some stories. . .
I was in Oslo for 4 days. If you go, make sure to take the train to Bergen. I was traveling alone and had a short time, so my priority was to explore Oslo and gauge on the local life. Oslo in just 2 to 3 days is plenty to see all the highlights and relax too!
THE HIGHLIGHT- The Viking Museum
Maybe I was slightly obsessed with the Viking history after watching the series on the History channel, but this museum was exquisite. The above is a real viking ship, the most well preserved. The smells, the carved wood, it was all so exciting. Truth is I find museums boring as hell, but this one is a must. It was just hot! Take the ferry ride Bygdøyfergene - boat to the museums. Forget the boring bus.
While there, definitely check other museums, there are many to pick from. After the Viking Ship Museum, I ventured to the Fram Polar Ship Museum.This one was pretty great too, not boring at all. Lots to learn about the first trip to the North and South Pole.
Now, just when I thought I was done with the museum stuff, I had to check out the Norwegian National Gallery to see Edvard Munch's "The Scream". I studied him in high school, so this was a must see for me. I'm very well aware how dorky I look and I don't care :)
The Gallery has a lot more to see, some truly beautiful art pieces. It was a grey afternoon and the perfect day to just walk around and gaze.
On my last afternoon in Oslo, I spend a couple of hours on the grounds of The Royal Palace . They have a gorgeous extremely artsy garden that goes on and on, and full of exquisite sculptures and such. After a short hike, I just relaxed on the grass where all the locals just hang out.
All in all, Oslo was a good experience. I had some rough patches and the people didn't seem all that friendly. Maybe I'm simply too much smiles all the time, but that was welcomed in Copenhagen. It is definitely worth to stop in, as most people do on their way to the Fjords.