When I booked my tickets to Oslo I heard almost from everyone that the city is one of the most expensive cities in the world. I have been before in Stockholm where indeed the prices were on the high side so to be on the safe side in Norway I took a few credit cards.
Let’s the weekend begin
Just a few minutes after arrival first thing which you will discover is the clear, fresh air. If you come like me from Brussels/ Antwerp being big cities with not the best quality of air you will for sure see the difference. Oslo is like being in a whole other world with a mix of old and new. Viking influence remains strong, while a rapidly growing vibe attracts visitors eager to experience some of the world’s best restaurants, nightlife, cafes and music. Unlike most cities, Oslo also offers many adventurers and sports: kayaking, cycling, skiing, ice-skating, sailing and hiking opportunities which are all available within the city limits.
If you are looking for an authentic, trendy bar serving you unique cocktails in natural scenery Torggata Botaniske (Torggata 17 B, Oslo) is definitely for you. I couldn’t find their website but they are active on FB. This botanic cocktail bar is surrounded by climbing plants, has its own greenhouse and drinks with fresh ingredients and botanic elements.
The Villa Club (www.thevilla.no ) was my next destination. This place is for people liking alternative music, house. Famous Norwegians DJ’s are playing there until early mornings (bit shorter than in Western Europe and alcohol is forbidden after certain hour). You are also obliged to pay an entry fee and drinks are pricy but it was worth it.
Highlights of Oslo
Built around 1299 as a residence for the royal family, Akershus Fortress is Norway’s most important medieval monument. Not only that, Norwegians believe the fortress is full of ghosts. “When a Swedish soldier got a little too drunk, he thought he could attack Akershus Fortress on his horse,” Christiann, our Oslo guide, told us. “That horse is buried in the entrance tower to the fortress and if you listen closely, you can hear him galloping!” Pointing Christiann tells us, ““That was Queen Margaret’s chamber and the ghost chambermaid Mantelgeisten has said to been seen by many of the guards. She emerges in full length robes from the darkness without a face!” I won’t give away all of Akerhus Fortress’ secrets; you’ll just have to visit yourself to hear them all!
Oslo Opera House
Appearing to rise out of the waters of Oslofjord like a glacier, the white Italian carrara marble and granite of Oslo Opera House sparkle. It is the world’s first – and only – opera house on which you can walk up onto the roof! Views from the roof stretch as far as the eye can see over Oslofjord and the surrounding islands.
Designed by Gustav Vigeland, Vigeland Park features 212 bronze and granite sculptures set amongst three sections: the central bridge, the fountain, and the Monolith Plateau. With tiny snowflakes falling and snowy scapes, Vigeland Park was a fantastic way to spend a few hours strolling around the sculptures and acting like kids while making snow angels and surprise sneak snowball attacks.
You ca visit there the Viking Ship Museum and the Fram Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula. To get there take a boat.
A historic landmark in the Norwegian consciousness, Holmenkollen embodies more than a century of skiing competitions. Inside the ski jump is the Holmenkollen Ski Museum, the oldest of its kind in the world. The museum presents over 4,000 years of skiing history, Norwegian polar exploration artifacts and an exhibition on snowboarding and modern skiing. The observation deck on top of the jump tower offers panoramic views of Oslo.