A Weekend in Oslo

Monday, 24 July 2017
loving the rain!

The day after the general election this year B and I hopped on a plane and flew to (rainy) Oslo for a long weekend, escaping from what we thought would be an inevitable Tory smug-storm.  It was a really fun weekend - Oslo is a cool city with lots to do - so I'd definitely recommend it for a city break.  One thing I would say though is that although flights and accommodation were fairly cheap, it's a pretty bloody expensive city when it comes to food (we rarely found anywhere you could pay under £50 for 2 mains and 2 soft drinks), and especially alcohol.

Where We Stayed...

We booked a room at the Comfort Hotel Xpress at Central Station.  This had a SUPER convenient location as it was part of the train station building, so it was really easy to get there from the airport.  As well as the great location (and pretty cheap rates) we picked this one as we really liked the modern styling.  Our room had a cool New York loft feel to it with graffiti wall art and industrial furniture.  Other plus points for us were the free fast wifi and the yummy buffet breakfast!

Where We Ate...

Our hotel connected to the old station building - Østbanehallen - a modern food court with a lot of cool restaurants and bars, so we ate here quite a few times as it was so convenient. Bella Bambina and Olivia both did great pasta, and I had some fab nachos at the Royal Gastropub which had a kind of upmarket Wetherspoons feel to it.

On our first night we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for cocktails and burgers (and an amazing sharer cheesecake!), and then on our last day we had burritos at Los Tacos (the cheapest meal of the holiday!) which I'd seen in the Norwegian Air in-flight magazine on the plane.

What We Did...

If you like visiting museums and galleries then there's lots to keep you occupied in Oslo.  We managed to pack in quite a lot to our 3 days, whilst not feeling like we were having to rush around too much.  

Over the weekend we visited the Fram museum (which is all about the polar exhibitions - and you can even explore the ship), the Viking Ship Museum (which has a number of preserved viking ships), the Norwegian Folk Museum (a cool open air museum with houses and buildings like churches, a school house, and even a dentists), the Astrup-Fearnley Museum (a modern art museum with loads of cool exhibits, including some of the famous Damien Hirst formaldehyde works), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (which featured some iiiiinteresting exhibits, or to quote Blair "the biggest load of shit I've ever seen").  We also took a river cruise on the Saturday which ended slightly dramatically when we had to dock at a jetty and transfer to a ferry when our boat had a steering failure.  This lead to me being THE ONLY PERSON drenched by a massive wave in front of a ferry full of people...

TIP - We bought a 48hr Oslo Pass via their app which got us free transport, free entry to most of the attractions we visited, plus discounts on bus / boat tours, and a couple of restaurants (including Hard Rock Cafe).   It's definitely worth it if you're planning on visiting a lot of museums etc.

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