A Perfect Day In Oslo
If someone were to ask me why I went to Norway twice in a year, I’d have to lie to seem less of a fangirl than what I actually am. In fact, my favourite TV show was set in Oslo and one of the reasons I’ve been there was because of it.
But apart from my unconditional love for SKAM, Oslo has been one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited for many other reasons. This is why I’ll try to give you my personal guide on how to visit Oslo during a day in order to make the best out of it.
The mornings in Oslo are amazing. The air is cold but the sun shines so bright that it will warm you up. My favourite place to get coffee was Kaffebrenneriet, a Norwegian-Starbucks-kind-of-café you would bump into 50 times a day while visiting the city. The coffee was great, and the modern but classic style of the cafés, filled with books and cacti all over the place, made it look beautiful and homey.
Usually after that, my friend and I ended up wandering around the city, but mostly in museums. The National Gallery was definitely my favourite just because Munch’s Scream is a must-see if you’re in Norway. But if you’re more of an adventurer and the sun is bright and therefore the view clear, the Holmenkollen Ski Museum is what you should visit. It is a little bit outside of the city centre, but the ski jump that you need to climb to get to it, gives you one of the best views I’ve ever seen in my entire life on Oslo and the fiords.
For eating, we would usually go to the city centre. The restaurants with the best view were on Aker Brygge, the little harbour overlooking the ocean and the fortress of the city. But if you’re looking for a very good restaurant with amazing and fresh cuisine every day, I’d definitely recommend Ett Bord, the homiest restaurant in the heart of Oslo. However, if restaurants are not your thing, and you’re looking for a place to get a really tasty takeaway, I’d personally advise you to go check out Bislett Kebab. When my Norwegian friend told me it was considered one of the best kebabs in Oslo I had no doubt about it. It was seriously one of the most delicious foods I’ve ever tasted and it’s worth a try.
After a good eat, I usually prefer to take a walk in a park. This is why, in my perfect day, the afternoon would be spent in Vigeland Park, the most famous park in Oslo. The statues and the artificial lakes around the endless field of green grass make it so unique, that it’s definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking for something different, I’d advise you to go and find a little bar along the Akerselva river or just take a walk along the river where the park extends. The little lanes around most of the area are beautiful and full of little pubs where you can rest for a bit and have a drink or just take advantage of the sun.
After that, there’s only one place I’d recommend you to go see the sunset in Oslo, and that is Sørenga: the artificial beach, covered in wooden piers and deckchairs right behind the Opera House. The view is beautiful and it’s one of the most peaceful areas in the city. You can hear the sound of waves crushing onto the pier, and it gives you the best view of the Opera House and the city. If you haven’t done that yet, you should then go climb up the roof of the Opera House, where the night-lights of the city give you the best panorama you can get of Oslo.
When I travel, there is nothing I love more than finding secret places that you won’t easily discover thanks to the touristic guides you can get in bookshops and I hope this article will give you a new insight of what Oslo is really about. It was definitely one of my favourite travel experiences and I hope I’ll get to go back very soon.
For now, here’s my memories, my favourite moments, and I hope you’ll get to see it from your eyes one day. It is a cold city, it’s true, but let me tell you that it will surely warm your heart.