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A QUICK GUIDE TO OSLO

September 9, 2016 by @VanessaRivers

Oslo, the capital of Norway, is located on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. This beautiful port city is known for its green spaces, great waterfront restaurants and unique museums. Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities (population 700,000), with eye-catching architecture popping up everywhere. Last weekend, my husband and I took his mom and aunt to Norway to visit their homeland, and we fell in love with Oslo in the two short days we were there. Here are some of the highlights from our trip.

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WHERE TO STAY
There are tons of great hotels in Oslo but we chose Radisson Blu Plaza for its convenience to the city center. We arrived late on a Friday night to the pleasant surprise of being upgraded to the Polar Suite, which features a large living room with harbor views, two bathrooms, and a dinning room with a real polar bear on the wall! Our suite was clean and quiet, the bed was incredibly comfortable, and Radisson Blu Plaza is in a great location, walking distance to the train station and bus stops. Breakfast was included in our stay and I loved that we could have it delivered to our room at no extra charge.

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WHERE TO EAT
Norway, and Oslo in particular, is known for its amazing seafood. There are tons of great restaurants in Oslo but we loved Louise Restaurant & Bar for traditional Norwegian seafood right on the waterfront. For a little more upscale dinning, try The Edge, just a few minutes walk down the waterfront from Louise Restaurant. The seafood at both places was excellent!

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WHAT TO DO
There is so much to do and see in Oslo! If you have the time, I suggest spending at least 3 days in Oslo. We only had one full day there so we bought the Oslo Pass (which I recommend) and took the ferry across the Oslofjord to explore some of the museums. I am not a huge fan of museums but these did not disappoint! As a travel girl, my favorite was the Kon-Tiki Museum, which houses the balsawood raft, “Kon-Tiki,” that Thor Heyerdahl used to cross the Pacific Ocean in 1947! I also loved the Folk Museum, one of Europe’s largest open-air museums with 155 traditional houses, from all parts of Norway, and a stave church from 1200! The Fram Museum, highlighting the stories of Norwegian polar expeditions, is also really cool. However, no trip to Oslo would be complete without a visit to the Viking Ship Museum.

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If you are visiting Norway for the first time, I highly recommend continuing your trip on to Bergen. We did a “Norway In A Nutshell” tour, taking 3 trains, a bus and a ferry from Oslo to Bergen, but it was well worth the full day of travel to see the incredible landscape and the breathtaking Sognefjord along the way. Read Norway In A Nutshell to see the photos and watch the video of our incredible trek across one of the most beautiful countries on the planet!

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Have you been to Oslo? Please share your experience in the comments section below!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Danée September 9, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I preferred Bergen, but will definitely have to go back to Oslo after reading your post! Great guide. Thanks!!

    • Reply Vanessa Rivers September 18, 2016 at 3:06 am

      I loooooooved Bergen too!

  • Reply Brittany from Boston September 17, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Omg that polar bear wall is insane! I loved visiting Oslo as well, even though mine was a quick visit. There’s so much to see in Norway!

    • Reply Vanessa Rivers September 18, 2016 at 3:05 am

      Hi Brittany! Glad you liked Oslo too! There is SO much to see/do in Norway! I was only there for four days. Next time I plan to stay longer. Did you visit Bergen too?

  • Reply Curtis Rojak September 27, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Hi Vanessa,

    If you are ever back in Oslo, check out a bike tour with Viking Biking. We offer a variety of tours, and next year we will launch Viking Hiking, offering guided hikes on Oslo’s islands and in the forest high above the city center. Just get in touch with me in advance and we can work out a rebate for you as a travel blogger.

    • Reply Vanessa Rivers September 27, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Hi Crojak! Thanks for reaching out! Your bike tour sounds fun. Next time I am in Oslo I will for sure get in touch with you guys!

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