Oslo, Norway

Photo Tour Through Oslo, Norway

I am surprised how much I enjoyed Oslo; sure, I was expecting to enjoy the city, but not so much that I felt like I could actually live there. The diversity in culture, combination of both modern and historic architecture mixed with easily accessible nature, such as parks, forests and fjords makes Oslo stand out in my mind. If it weren’t for the extremely high cost of living, the city would be a perfect place to lay down roots for a while. I love how you can take a quick train ride to explore the forests and nature just outside of the city, and how you can take a ride along the fjords and out to the islands right off the coast in the harbor. Pair that with the seemingly endless parks scattered throughout Oslo, and you have a large city with tons of easily accessible nature.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

We lucked out and had a couple of warm sunny days to explore the vibrant city, and explore we did. Our first evening in the city, we met up with our new friend and fellow travel blogger, Lew from Planet Lew, for dinner. She took us to a food hall called Mathallen in what used to be the working class area of Oslo. Mathallen has both places where you can purchase food products and dine-in restaurants and cafes. I think I may have started drooling as we walked through the hall deciding on where to eat–everything looked absolutely delicious. We settled on a spot where we enjoyed a tapas style dinner, and it was actually much more affordable than we expected.

Mathallen Oslo, Norway

Mathallen Oslo, Norway

Mathallen Oslo, Norway

Mathallen Oslo, Norway

After dinner, we went on a long walk and Lew showed us fun spots throughout the city. We walked through parks, around the harbor, past the king’s palace and down the popular shopping street, Karl Johan’s Gate. It gave us a nice orientation to the layout of the city and set us on the right foot for our exploration when we returned to Oslo from our side trip to Flåm. She also shared with us a tip that saved our budget–if you are looking for something cheap to eat, stop at the 7-11 and grab a quick hot dog or piece of pizza, and because the stores are continually busy, the food is typically fairly fresh. Normally, convenience store food isn’t my first choice, especially when visiting a new country, but with the high cost of food in Norway it was a welcome break for our budget. For example–we went to a burger place called Illegal Burger, which is considered an affordable “cheap eats” restaurant, and we paid $35 per person for a burger, fries and coke! Compare that to $5 for a pizza and coke at the 7-11 and you might be able to see why the 7-11 ended up being our go to choice.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

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Oslo, Norway

Over the course of our next day in the city, we mainly wandered around and took in the beautiful sights. Our main stops were the Akershus Fortress, Frognerparken and the Oslo Opera House. We also spent some time wandering back at Karl Johan’s Gate even though many stores were closed due to it being Sunday.

 Oslo, Norway
Oslo, Norway
Oslo, Norway

The Akershus Castle was completed in the 1300’s, but its restoration into the Akershus Fortress didn’t start until the 1900’s. The purpose of the fort was to protect the city from potential attacks. In the past, the fort has served as a castle, military base and a prison, and now, even though it is a military area, it is open daily to the public.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

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Oslo, Norway

Each day at 1:30 pm, you can watch the changing of the guards in a courtyard area. There are also guided tours available, but if you would just like to walk around like we did, you can do that as well–the Akershus Castle is also open to visitors in the summer. The views overlooking the fjord and harbor of Oslo are beautiful.

Oslo, Norway

In Frognerparken, or Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park which it is commonly referred to as, you will find large open spaces great for lounging, as well as many stone statues created by Gustav Vigeland. In the summer, the park is popular with locals–it makes for a great place to picnic, walk, play and get some of the summertime sun. We were surprised with how many people we saw sprawled out on the grass throughout the endless park; I liked seeing so many people take advantage of the nature and parks within the city.

Oslo, Norway

The statues are spread throughout the park, but the main attraction is the Monolith, which is a column that was carved from just one stone and rises over 14 meters tall. Within the column there are 121 human figures carved, and it is quite the sight to see. Surrounding the Monolith, there are numerous smaller statues along the steps. The entire park has 212 statues in total, all of which were crafted by Mr. Vigeland himself, making this the largest sculpture park in the world, created by one artist.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Resting on the banks of the Bjørvika district near the center of Oslo, sits the Oslo Opera House. Architecturally, this building is stunning to look at, and also fun to walk around on. The sloping marble roof that rises up directly from the Oslofjord, almost feels like a marble beach; it creates a great place to lounge in the sun. You are able to wander around the entire white roof to explore the great views of the city from various lookout points. There are stairs, but you can explore any area of the roof you choose, so if it’s raining, be careful not to slip! Even though we didn’t make it inside of the Opera house, I loved being up on the roof–it was quite an adventure in and of itself.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Have you been to Oslo? What was your favorite thing to do?

 

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  • Karla
    Posted at 14:51h, 10 September Reply

    I’ve never been to Oslo but from what I can see on your fab photos, it looks very lovely!

    Akershus fortress & castle are very inviting. I’m a bit obsessed with castles and palaces and I’m sure I’d love it there.

    I was in Helsinki a little while ago and if I fell in love with it. I am sure Oslo will win me over as well.

    Thanks for the tour!

    Kay 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:23h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks, Kay–appreciate it! The castle and fortress we pretty neat–I think you would enjoy it there! Would love to go to Helsinki, glad you liked it there!

  • Kimmy
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    Posted at 19:13h, 10 September Reply

    I knew Norway was expensive, but I had no idea it was THAT expensive. $35 per person for a burger, fries, and coke is crazy. I can see why you ate at 7-11. Is it weird that I’m making note to get food from there when we finally make it to Norway? Oh, and, of course, your pictures are great, too!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:25h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks, Kimmy! I know, it really surprised us just how expensive it was. We were expecting expensive, but not that much! I would definitely make note of the 7-11! It does sound so weird though, I’ve never thought of eating there before, and even though we missed out on some local food, we were at least happy to save quite a bit of money, especially at the end of the trip!

  • Seattle Dredge
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    Posted at 23:14h, 10 September Reply

    ah, I’ve always wanted to visit the sculpture park, great shots. And, I didn’t know about that roof before, but I totally want to go up there now.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:31h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks! We really enjoyed the sculpture park–the sculptures we so unique and the park was beautiful! And, yeah, it was neat to walk all over the roof of the opera house–it almost seemed like you shouldn’t be able to do it! I liked that it went right into the water too, even though I felt like I would slip and fall right in!

  • Jeff
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    Posted at 19:05h, 11 September Reply

    I have not been to Oslo yet but it looks like a great place. I especially would like to check out the food market and the cool architecture.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:33h, 16 September Reply

      Hope you can make it there soon! We loved it and thought it was so pretty–the food hall was great because you had so many choices, and it seemed pretty reasonable cost wise!

  • JR Riel
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    Posted at 13:27h, 12 September Reply

    Norway has always felt like something too far away and expensive for me to achieve, but your pics are very intriguing! I love the mix of modern architecture and traditional buildings.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:35h, 16 September Reply

      It is expensive, but we were able to save a lot by using frequent flier miles and hotel reward points, which was definitely a plus! But, we did really enjoy it–I liked the mix of the architecture too–gave everything a fun feel!

  • Vanessa
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    Posted at 21:57h, 12 September Reply

    You did a fantastic job of capturing the light of the city. I was amazed at how much greenery and nature there was mixed in with the city.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:36h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks, Vanessa! We were surprised by how much nature was there too–it made it a great place to wander and relax!

  • Mike
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    Posted at 08:26h, 14 September Reply

    Jenna and Micah! I’m getting caught up! Hello… I like the changing of the guards and the park 🙂 Oh, and that one pic of Jenna (I assume that as her)….excellent shot Micah. Good job buddy 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:49h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks so much! I wish that was me, I love her outfit, haha! 🙂 But, it was just Micah taking photos of random people lounging; I thought it was a fun shot too 🙂 The changing of the guards was cool to see. We randomly happened upon it at the right time–I think they only do it once a day, so we got lucky!

  • Jessica
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    Posted at 10:37h, 15 September Reply

    Norway is where my grandmother is from, so it is definitely on my shortlist of places to visit. Now I want to visit even more. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:37h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks, Jessica! I love visiting places where my relatives were from, and Norway was great. I would love to hear your thoughts when you make it there one of these days!

  • Carrie Larsen
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    Posted at 07:41h, 19 September Reply

    What a great photo tour, guys! Thanks so much for sharing. I love that city. 🙂

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 15:30h, 21 September Reply

      Thanks so much, Carrie! We just loved Oslo too! Such a great city! 🙂

  • Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
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    Posted at 20:30h, 22 September Reply

    Beautiful pictures!! I haven’t been to Scandinavia yet but it looks so gorgeous.
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  • Anna
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    Posted at 21:21h, 24 September Reply

    I was there for about 3 weeks. I really enjoyed taking a book to the parks with some bread, jam&cheese and having a little picnic. Perhaps this was because it’s about all that I could afford to do in Oslo…haha…I also do love being outside. After a hectic couple of months touring Europe it was nice to relax. I love how happy everyone was that it was sunshiney and summer!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 14:24h, 25 September Reply

      Oh, that sounds like fun! I love picnics in the park (especially when you can save money that way!). I agree, I really loved how happy everyone was because of the sun and how many people were out and about enjoying it. The abundance of nature within the city is so nice!
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  • Sally
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    Posted at 21:24h, 04 November Reply

    Oh my Lord, $35 for food?! I want to faint, that’s outrageous. But the pictures are so gorgeous… do you think you’ll be back?
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:27h, 06 November Reply

      We felt the same way when we started seeing the prices everywhere! We knew it would be expensive, but didn’t quite realize how expensive it would be. But that being said, yes, we would love to go back and are planning on it one day. It was beautiful and there was so much to do that we missed out on!

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