Oslo: Highlights, Flaws and Hidden Gems

Last week I presented you my Scandinavian Road Trip Itinerary and as you know, I started my journey in Oslo. But before I write some "touristy" posts on the city, I thought I'd recap my time there by presenting you the highlights, flaws and hidden gems of Oslo today!

Highlights of Oslo

oslo airbnb

1. My Airbnb room in Grünerlokka!

This was my second Airbnb stay and an absolute success! Although I'm not really into hipster neighbourhoods, Grünerlokka was central, safe and most importantly, my host was super nice and the room had a gorgeous view!

norsk folkemuseum oslo

2. Norsk Folkemuseum

Oslo's open air museum which displays buildings of several parts of Norway and where you can get to know Norwegian culture, old and new.

akershus fortress oslo

3. Akershus Castle

An amazing view of Oslo's yacht harbour Aker Brygge and (surprise surprise) the entrance is free!

opera house oslo

4. Opera House

Yes, you can actually climb the roof and have a picnic there. Gorgeous view on the fjord, especially at sunset or sunrise.

royal castle oslo

5. The park surrounding the Royal Castle

It was a very hot day when I visited and so many people, including me, took a break in the park and sun-bathed!

vigelandsparken oslo

6. Vigelandsparken

The statue park is quite impressive, although I haven't found an adequate interpretation of the figures yet...


Flaws of Oslo

  • Oslo is the most expensive city in Europe and sadly, you can certainly notice that in certain areas. Aker Brygge, for instance, is notoriously overpriced and should be avoided if you're on a budget and looking for a place to eat. I mean, 6€ for 2 scoops of ice-cream? Just because you can, doesn't mean it's okay!
  • The Munch Museum. I know how incredible this may sound but I was in and out in under 20 minutes and not because I'm not interested in arts but because there wasn't all that much to see. 


Hidden Gems of Oslo

1. Hukodden Beach on the peninsula Bygdøy

hukodden strand bygdøy oslo
hukodden strand bygdøy oslo

2. The troll and the elk in the woods near the Holmenkollen Ski Jump

holmenkollen oslo
holmenkollen oslo

3. The little river in Grünerlokka with the surrounding park (and there even was a waterfall):

grünerlokka oslo
grünerlokka oslo

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