I am used to living in a country with only one airport (at least the only one operating on a daily basis) so I believe you are going to understand my problem. While searching for flight tickets I have found a great deal to Oslo. I did not realise that the airport is called Oslo even if it lays 110 kilometres away from it. So I woke up from a fairy tale which was too good to be true and spent additional 55€ for my return bus transfer from the airport to the city centre and back which takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. For your information, the train costs approximately the same and to get to the station, you have to take a free shuttle bus in front of the exit door.
Oslo Torp is very small but although it is a very popular airport, it does not provide lockers for the luggage or the option to store it in the lost and found area as usual. Overnight, the airport closes and if you want to stay there for tomorrow’s flight, you have to wait in the building next door with old chairs and without a heating system. But there is a post box for sending out your postcards and an unlimited free WiFi.
My advice on how to behave at Norwegian airports is do not talk to the people, do not even look at them. Why? Passing the security guards at the airport and greeting them nicely is probably going to end up with a detailed search through your luggage and the entire interrogation about your work, travel plans and previous trips. Wow, I only said “Hi” and I am sure it was not just a random pick because I have already gone past the guards when they called me to come back for the search.
Is Oslo Affordable?
The price for a half litre bottle of water is almost 3€ in the supermarkets and almost 4€ at the airport, bus and train stations. A small slice of pizza is 3€, a sandwich is a bit above 6€, 9€ at the airport. The price for a night in a basic hotel varies from 70€ to 120€, it is higher than 100€ for a hotel near the airport.
The Tiger – Is Oslo a Safe City?
You are probably wondering why would a tiger be the symbol of the city since they obviously do not live there. The explanation can be found in a poem by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson who described Oslo as a dangerous place in 1870. Today, the country and its capital city are among the safest destinations in Europe.
The Opera House
Opened in 2008, the Opera House in Oslo has become the only one in the world that has an accessible roof for pedestrians to catch breathing views of the city and to take some photos at any time of a day. The architect wanted to make it look like it is rising from the sea.
The City of Museums
Viking Ship, Fram, Oslo city, Vigeland, Munch, Ibsen, Kon-Tiki, Armed Forces, Jewish, etc. are just some of the 50 museums that can be found in Oslo. I didn’t visit them all but my favourite one is definitely the Holmenkollen Ski Museum. I will tell you more about it in my next post.
Download the mobile app and buy your tickets for public transportation quickly and easily wherever you need them. One costs 35 NOK and lasts for an hour. You can also buy a 24-hours ticket, a weekly and a yearly one.
Do Not Wait for the Green Light
Crossing the road at the stop light is a common habit. Just be careful and look around before doing it, you know the drill.
Other Things to Do
Visiting the Vigeland Park in winter can be a nice walk out of the busy city centre. I have heard that Ekerberg Park is also worth to take a look at if you want to get inspired. Famous painter Edvard Munch has found his motivation to create The Scream right in that park. The Christmas market in Studenterlunder Park was very beautiful but the Spikersuppa ice rink was out of order.
Legendary, there is a hop-on-hop-off boat that can take you around the islands in Oslo fjord starting from the Aker Brygge but when I came there, nobody knew anything about it. The truth is that there should be only one line operating in the winter time and more of them in other seasons. But I did find a building next to the port in which every year the Nobel Peace Prize is being given to the winner(s).
Locals vs. Tourists
Most of them were kind to me but I did have a few stressful experiences with locals; the security guard at the airport, ticket controller on a metro asked only me to show him my ticket (probably because I had a suitcase with me), a guy at the supermarket was yelling at me in Norwegian for an unknown reason when I was waiting in line to pay for my pizza, a lady spilt the whole glass of wine all over me at the airport and did not even apologise. I was talking to a local about this issue who confirmed that they usually do not like tourists and there is a common belief that they are “better” than us.
Some Basic Information
Norwegians use their own currency NOK and you can get the approximate value in EUR by dividing a price by 10. Although there was not snowing when I visited Oslo, I believe it would be a good decision to visit it in the summer because there are only 6 hours of daylight in winter. If that time ever happens, hopefully, I am going to fly to the real Oslo airport which is only 20 minutes away from the city centre.
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