WEEKEND GETAWAY IN OSLO, NORWAY

The week leading up to my Oslo getaway I had a friend stay with me and I was playing tour guide all week long. We did so much the entire week that by the time Thursday came around I didn’t feel like playing tourist myself. I’ve been toying with the idea of just foregoing my trip overall but knowing myself I was going to end up going.

I really had no expectations about Oslo and the things to do there. I knew it was a green city, an expensive city, and a city people just pass through to go to other cities in Norway but I was actually pleasantly surprised to find out I enjoyed the city as much as I did. So what do in Oslo to get the most out of your weekend getaway?

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Sunset Fjord

Say Whaaat?

I arrive in “Oslo” around 1 pm on Friday, thinking this would give me an entire day to explore the city. Little did I know I booked a flight to the budget airport that is two hours away from Oslo. Who has an airport two hours away and still names it that main city airport?? Only in Norway! By the time I reached the city center and got to my Couchsurfing hosts house it was way into the afternoon and time for some lunch. I decided to get food at the closest open restaurant around and stumbled into a place called Kampen Bistro. Unfortunately, they didn’t serve food until 5 pm, but instead of walking around for 45 minutes I relaxed, had a beer and enjoyed the ambiance and any warm weather I can get in Norway. The restaurant was very quiet and casual with a beautiful wooden patio; you can tell that the evenings get dim and romantic from the interior. The restaurant has a three-course menu that changes daily, so you’re always in for a surprise. My favorite way to eat! The servers were exceptionally helpful and translated the entire menu for me. I ended up having the mushroom risotto that night that was the perfect mix of creamy and flavorful.

Oslo Viking Biking Tour

An unexpected evening

My Couchsurfing host had three other surfers staying with him that evening and a couple friends coming over. Exchanging stories of where we’re from/where we live and what we’ve done in Oslo so far we all got along really well. The evening flew by quicker than we knew and it was time for dinner. After dinner, someone suggested that we go to the Sexhibition that was in town. At this point, you probably know that I’m all about experiences that push you to your limits, so I was not opposed to the Sexhibition. The event is an annual erotic festival with a variety of entertainment and high-quality sex toys. We spent a few hours here, browsing around the different rooms, shows, bars, dance floors, and shops to see if we can bring any souvenirs home. A perfect introduction to Oslo and its nightlife.

Coffee Shop

Exploring Oslo

Did you know that Oslo is the greenest city in all of Europe? By the year of 2020, Oslo will have no vehicles on the roads (they do however have underground tunnels). This was especially interesting to me considering all of their cars are already electrical. So what better way to explore Europe’s greenest city than by biking? Viking Biking Tours is an amazing tour company that provides facts just like this one and more. I did the Rivers and Waterfalls tour and I am very happy with my choice. The tour goes into an alternative side of Oslo that you would never think about seeing otherwise. There were nine different stops on the tour that catered to everyone’s liking. Cafes, waterfalls, coffee, graffiti, and urban beaches were all included. The tour was a perfect combination of hip Oslo and its developments as well as an insiders perspective on how locals do Oslo.

Rivers and Waterfalls

Biking tour

Dinner on the Fjord

You have to take a boat tour around the beautiful fjord when in Oslo. Sightseeing the Fjord offers an incredible 3 hour evening tour with an all you can eat prawn buffet (on certain days they even have live bands on the ship). The tour starts off going into the narrow bays of the fjord and continues to the different islands. Here you can see all the different beautiful summer houses as well as some remote houses of the water. Grab a glass of wine and get mesmerized by the beauty of the fjord. About an hour into the tour the buffet comes out. Located on the bottom level of the ship there you will find the all you can eat prawn buffet. Shortly after I was done eating the sun started to set. I grabbed another glass of wine, some blankets and enjoyed the views. What a beautiful way to see the capital of Norway from the many different angles.

Helena Boat Tour

Sunset on the Fjord

Other things to do

The Vigeland Park is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. Attracting more than one million visitors a year this unique sculpture park represents the life work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland. It is the world’s biggest sculpture park made by a single artist. Definitely worth spending a few hours here checking out the beautiful park and artwork that goes along with it.

If you’re into modern/fine art you need to check out the Galleri Fineart. It is Norway’s largest gallery selling everything from graphics, sculptures, photographs, books, and paintings. The gallery is free to enter and you can use it as an exhibit/museum. The exhibits themselves were beautiful with a lot of pop art. If you like fine art you might even go home with a souvenir.

Fine Art Gallery

The Holmenkollen Ski Jump hosted competitions annually from 1892 to 2008, and was even the site of the Olympics in 1982. The ski jump is located just outside the city and provides the most beautiful panoramic views of Oslo and you can zip line down the hill.

Local budget tip: Don’t go to the ski tower for your views!! When taking tram 1 to get to Holmenkollen, ride all the way to the end (Frognerseteren) and hike down. The height is about the same, you still get beautiful panoramic views (for free), and you get a hike in Norway checked off your bucket list.

Ski Jump

Where to eat:

Scandinavia as a whole has been food heaven for me. I’m a huge fish eater so any country that the main course is fish, I’m all over. Fiskeriet is a local fish and chips restaurant. I was a little worried about ordering the salmon and herring combo because I hated herring as a child (probably because my parents always ate herring from a jar) and this was my first experience with it as an adult. But I did, when in Rome… Or Norway? Right? I was pleasantly surprised with how fresh and delicious everything was. Truly my food heaven.

No trip to Scandinavia would be complete without some coffee. They sure do love their coffee up there, probably because it’s so dark and cold all the time they need to keep themselves warm and awake. Tim Wendelboe is an award-winning coffee shop right in the heart of Oslo. They offer a variety of different coffee types and flavors from all over the world that you can enjoy there or take away. They even ship worldwide if you want to try some for yourself.

Between the new friends I made, the awesome tours that I took, to the incredible fish that I ate, Oslo really is the perfect weekend getaway. It’s a city I would come back to next time I’m in Norway to explore some more. Have you been to the worlds greenest city yet? Look for flights here.

Xoxo Ania Travels 💜


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  • Dada KS

    Ohh Oslo! I have been there as a kid but that was over 25 years ago! I cant remember anything about that city and by looking at you pic I was what is that Oslo?!
    Yes one need to try atleast herrings if in scandinavia! I am glad you did! I am really intressted both of the tours, the bike and sail tour. Seems fun!

  • I had no idea that Oslo was the greenest city in the world! How neat that there will be no cars by 2020 and what are in the tunnels? The bike tours and dinner on the Fjord sounds like something I would love to do.

  • Oslo looks and sounds absolutely incredible! I can’t believe by 2020 they predict no vehicles to be on the road! That’s so interesting.

  • What amazing photos! I’ve always wanted to visit Norway–I know it’s just beautiful there. I’d love to do that boat tour.

  • What amazing photos! I’ve always wanted to visit Norway–I know it’s just beautiful there. I’d love to do that boat tour.

  • Great story! I look forward to visiting one day. Fabulous photos!

  • Wow, I never knew Oslo was so beautiful! I’ve pinned this, I’d love to visit someday! Thanks for sharing.

  • Steph

    Wow! Great roundup of different things to do for different types of travellers! I have yet to set forth on a trip outside the country so will definitely keep this in mind! Especially loving the river and waterfall place you have pictured on here.

  • I have heard so much ;lovely things about Oslo, unfortunately I have never been, but hopefull next year I will be able to say I have visited.

  • Hi Ania,

    That fjord dinner looks inspired.

    As for the 2 hours outside of town airport bit, that seems like quite the journey. My personal record was the airport in Hanoi, over 1 hour outside of town, but KL and also Istanbul were both located well outside of the city too.

    Oslo has so much to offer. I have only flown over the city but plan to spend time down at the ground level in the future.

    Betcha that Sexhibition was interesting too. Good for you, moving well outside of your comfort zone.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Ryan

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Oslo is high on my list of places to visit. I want to go in winter when it is nice and snowy.

  • Kallia Manika

    I love modern art, so I would be right in my element there! I love your photos, I didn’t know Oslo had such beauty!

  • The city looks very modern! I think this is a great weekend option. I would like to live in Europe in order to go to another country for the weekend! Would you return to Oslo. #feetdotravel

  • Louise Smith

    Oh, wow! Why have I never expected Oslo to look this beautiful before?! I think I may have just added a new destination to my ever growing travel bucket list …

    Louise x

  • Shona Grant

    I loved my time in Oslo. So much to do, so much history and so much fantastic food! The Helena shouldn’t be missed, I did that on my first day and seeing Oslo from the fjord is stunning. I missed the prawn buffet though! 😉

  • Marissa Zurfluh

    Your pictures are breathtaking. I cant get enough of that building with what appears to be broken glass for windows.

  • I always wanted to visit Norway because it is near the poles. I have heard lot about it and really loved your photos. Boat tour is so beautiful and i love that blue door opened in a house. Dinner at Fjord would be exciting.

  • Sam H Travels

    Norway is on my travel bucket list and you have provided some great idea on places to visit when I arrive in Oslo. The pictures are amazing! I have pinned for future use 🙂

  • Elena Stevkovska

    I have bought tickets to Oslo last year but I had to skip the trip because it is a bit pricey. I will go soon I hope.

  • Shawna Morrison

    Oh wow your photos are absolutely wonderful!! Tbe modern look there is fabulous! I may just have to check Oslo out one day!

  • 1AdventureTraveler

    Love your photos and I didn’t know either the Oslo was the greenest city in the world. Dinner on the Fjord sounds amazing. How cool to be couchsurfing with other travelers! #feetdotravel

  • Oslo is a beautiful place! Loved seeing it through your pictures. Bike tours sounds amazing. I love theg greenery in the city a lot.

  • Tracy McConnachie Collins

    We have visited Norway a few times but never made it to Oslo yet! Definitely have to visit next time we are in Scandinavia!

  • Kathi Kamleitner

    Awesome guide! I went to Oslo in 2007 – ages ago – so this takes me back to that lovely trip! I need to go back and do that cruise though; I only took the regular ferries across the bay, but would love a sunset cruise with a glass of wine!

  • Mary Welby

    It looks like you had such a wonderful time! I’ve never thought of going to Oslo before, but I’ll definitely need to add it to my list.

  • Looks beautiful! Norway is definitely on our list!

  • Pack Your Baguios

    Norway has such great appeal to nature lovers like us! Good for Oslo for it’s future with no cars. That’s hard to believe! We love seafood, so that would be a big plus for us.

  • Ha-ha, yes, that with the airport I didn’t know either. OK, Heathrow is also quite far out of town, but not that far!

  • Travelbugfreak

    Great post about Oslo Ania. A couple of things to highlight. I don`t think anyone names that budget airport as the main airport, maybe some airlines that flies there to sell more tickets. The main one is just 20 min away from the central station, it`s called Gardermoen.
    About the cars. In Norway around 4 % of the cars are electric, but increasing a lot. Oslo has a higher penetration with around 20-30 % eletric cars. They are aiming to sell no fossil-fueled cars by 2025, hope the goal will be reached.
    Keep on traveling and blogging. Take care!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Thanks for the new information, it’s still so amazing to me how green the city actually is and even by 2025 aiming to sell no fuel cars is AMAZING! And the airport I meant that it was still called “Oslo airport” and not the city it was actually in, guess I should do more research when booking flights lol.