Top 5 Tips for Those Travelling to Oslo
Oslo – the capital of Norway – is one of the most expensive cities in both Europe and the entire world. The city, as well as its suburbs, is full of greenery: hills, cliffs, small forests, islands and countless parks. However, Oslo is not just an oasis of fantastic natural environments. Here, Travel on Spot has drawn up a list of 5 tips which will help you visit the city in an original way, and save money while doing it.
1. Eat at Asian Restaurants and Snack Bars
They’re the cheapest. You can also save some money by buying your food at shopping centres and grocery stores. Even though food is expensive here, you can still find products that cost no more than they do in Central Europe – depending on the product in question, of course. Unfortunately, however, food selection in Norway is not very wide.
2. Visit the Natural History Museum
It’s comprised of several different museums and galleries: zoology, minerology, geology, palaeontology, and even a section dedicated just to dinosaurs. And let’s also not forget the Botanical Garden (which can be visited free of charge). The museum, closed on Mondays, January 1st, May 17th, as well as during Christmas and the New Year’s, will appeal to children and everyone who’s interested in world history and nature presented in a graphic and original way.
3. Visit the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
This museum has a great number of items that bear witness to the achievements of science, technology, industry and medicine. Here you’ll find around 20 expositions dedicated to energy, oil, aircraft, cars, trains and many other topics. The museum also has a play room where you can examine the truths of science and technology for yourself. Also, let’s not forget about the robot centre. The sections dedicated to medicine will answer all of your question related to how our lives changed during the past 150 years when the quality of health care began rising dramatically. Also, – good news for romantics and sky lovers – the museum also has a planetarium.
4. Take a Relaxed Exploratory Walk around the City
There’s plenty to see here, both in the centre and in the suburbs. Why not begin your journey at the Akershus Fortress, located at the city centre, near the Oslofjord. It’s the best place to learn about the city’s history. One of the best free tourist attractions here is the changing guard at the Royal Palace. The guards change every 40 minutes, and they do it every day, regardless of the weather. Last but not least, discover the Karl Johans Gate – Oslo’s own Champs-Élysées. Here you can see parades, public skating rinks during winter, and many shops and restaurants.
5. Spend Your Free Time Actively
Go swimming, jogging, skiing or skating – Oslo is great for all of these activities. Let the time of year dictate what form of entertainment to choose. During summer, go to the Bygdoy Peninsula, which has one of the country’s oldest cultural landscapes with a rich history. Here you’ll find many beautiful parks, forests and some of Oslo’s most popular beaches. April to early October there’s a ferry – number 91 – making rounds to Bygdoy every 30-40 minutes. The trip lasts around 15 minutes. While on deck, make sure you enjoy the sights of the Norwegian Royal Yacht Club.
In winter, choose one of the public open-air skating rinks or visit Holmenkollen – one of the world’s most famous sports arenas. Here you can examine a modern ski jumping hill, the top of which opens up on the best panoramas of the entire city.