Why you shouldn’t go to Oslo?

written by womenofpoland 7 August 2017
1 day in Oslo

When I hear Norway I imagine: amazing landscapes and a bag of money. 😉 The exception here is Oslo, which according to many people it’s a denial of the beauty of Norway. I’ve heard many negative opinions about Norwegian capital: nothing interesting, boring, ugly town hall etc… Generally, I don’t know why I decided at the end of Erasmus in Sweden on a trip to Oslo. When I was almost broken, I decided to go to Oslo. Despite the lack of money, I bought round way ticket, spent 2 nights at the bus, took a big lunch with me and I was having so much fun in the norwegian capital! Now, I want to share with you my thoughts. If you want to know what, how and why then just stay till the end! 🙂

How did I get to Oslo?

I started from Lund, where I spent 6 months in 2014 as an Erasmus student. As mentioned above, this was the end of the program, which means that I didn’t have lots of money. 😀 I really wanted to see Oslo, so that I could see all the Scandinavian capitals (not including Iceland, which is a bit further) 😛 – Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oslo. As a result, I bought round way ticket to Oslo. Impressions? Two nights on the bus is a BIG challenge and I recommend it to young people: D. Also if you are interested in this type of trip, then look at the Swebus page. For those who are looking for more comfortable and cooler journey, I can give a tip that my friend was taking a ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo. Much more comfortable way with a lot of cool views. 🙂

Hey, ho – Let’s go! 5;30 time to start…

I like to start early traveling, but after long night in the bus and the horrible arrival time, it wasn’t the perfect way to start. But who said it’s gonna be easy? 😛 It was late May, and due to Oslo’s high position, it was already bright. Unfortunately, to my unpleasant surprise, the toilets at the Station were closed… So my virgin and lonely walk began with looking for a toilet. I managed to find an open MC Donnald and I wanted to buy a coffee (just to show them that I didn’t come here only because of toilet). 😀 Unluckily, it turned out that their cash decks are still closed  xD xD But they let me use toilet!! 😀

At 9:00 I met my colleague, who was also in Oslo at the time. By this time I decided to go to Opera, the city center, and then wait in the port. Here are some pics from the city:

Oslo

Oslo

Oslo

Cathedral

Traditionally, I went also to check the Cathedral. Interestingly, I’m not a believer, but I like to visit all kinds of sacred places. Unfortunately, the Cathedral at this time was still closed, so I had to enjoy only the outside view. I have seen many cathedrals so I can safely say that this one is not very interesting. Even the appearance doesn’t resemble the Cathedral – it is so usual and small. It was built in the 17th century and is the place where royal crowns are held.

Cathedral

Opera

The Oslo Opera is definitely one of the coolest buildings in the Norwegian capital. The building opened in 2008, and it cost 4 billion Norwegian crowns! It was worthwhile to invest this money in such a thrilling cultural object. What is most enjoyable, you can walk on the opera roof and admire the bay or modern architecture. Just look at photos from this modern district! Thanks to this place, Oslo definitely deserves more likes! 🙂

Opera

Modern buildings in front of the opera

hmm? I’m not sure what is that but looks nice ;D

Town hall

I’ve heard about town hall even before my arrival to Oslo. 😀 It’s called the ugliest town hall in the world 😀 I don’t know why this building has such a negative opinion. For sure it’s not an artistic building, but it’s not that bad. 😀 😀 Neither Scandinavian nor American style, hence I have to say that it’s quite original. 😀 However, when we look at it more closely, I am sure that we will find nice decorations. It is not so bad, but I admit that as for the town hall of such a rich state it might look a little better. 😉

Town Hall

Town Hall

Museum of Modern Art

Before breakfast break I went to the Museum of Modern Art. Of course, it was still closed (too early), but I wanted to see only the building. It is quite interesting, so if you have some time then it is nice to have look on it!

Museum of Modern Art

I’m also passing the Nobel Peace Center

Oslo pass

It was one hour to my friend meeting, so I decided to rest on the bench in harbor. I pulled out the food and enjoyed a warm May day. Until the time when the seagulls shat on me… and it wasn’t a small poof…  I have this shit everywhere…  I poured half a water on myself to get over this shit…

At 9 PM my friend Maria joined me. From now on we will walk together. We started with the purchase of Oslo Pass, which entitles us to free public transport and access to museums. Actually mainly because of the museums I decided to come to Oslo. What’s so unusual about them? 🙂

Viking Boat Museum

To diversify our stay in Oslo, we went to the “museum island” by a water tram. It runs from the City Hall. The Oslo Pass card also entitles us to this type of attraction, so it’s a shame not to use it!

The three most important and funniest museums are located on Bygdoy Island, which is reached by a water tram. You can also come by bus, but the tram is definitely faster. We start from the Viking Boat Museum. This is where the best reconstructed boat of Vikings is located. The whole museum is devoted to this one object. The boat is beautiful and will impress every Viking fan. The museum also has a sled sleigh from that period, but they are not as spectacular as our boat! 🙂

Viking Boat Museum

Kon-Tiki Museum

This is an incredible story that every traveler should know and this museum is sacryfied to only this person. I hope thath you already know that I’m talking about the Thor Heyerdahl. Just read this amazing story if you are still not familiar with his life:

Inspiration for the Heyerdahl journey was a legend told to him by one of the natives on Fatu Hiva. It said that Polynesian people once lived far from the ocean. The Kon-Tiki or Illa-Tiki leader was the leader of the great water, which meant free Sun-Tiki or Fire-Tiki. He was the leader of the Inca who inhabited the shores of Lake Titicaca and identified with the sun god Wirakocza. According to legend, there was a fight between Kon-Tiki and Cari’s leader, as a result of which the Kon-Tiki people were forced to flee as far as the ocean coast, from where they headed west in wooden boats.

Heyerdahl inspired by this legend began to look for arguments that Polynesians came from South America. One of them was the surprising resemblance between monuments cut by Peruvian natives and those from Easter Island and other Oceania islands. The second argument was the dialect spoken by the Polynesians, who clearly resembled the language of the peoples who once inhabited South America. These and other premises collected by Thor Heyerdahl were written and presented in New York to anthropologists. Nobody, wanted to believe in his theory. The turning point was the statement by one of the anthropologists: “Perfect, please try to take a trip from Peru to the Pacific Islands on a wooden boat!”

Imagine what happened next, but if you want more information I recommend to read a book or just watch a film with the same title! You can also visit the Museum and see the wooden boat.

Kon-Tiki Museum

Kon-Tiki Museum

Fram Museum

Our last museum on Bygdoyes island was Fram Museum.  It honours Norwegian polar exploration in general. The Fram Museum is centered principally on the original exploration vessel Fram. Unlike the Vaasa Museum, you can walk on the ship! Amazing attraction, and the interior of the ship is fantastically prepared for tourists. I highly recommend for younger and older. Unforgettable experiences guaranteed!

Fram Muzeum

Fram Muzeum

Fram Muzeum

Fram Muzeum

Akershus Fortress

We also looked into the Akershus Fortress, which was supposed to protect the Oslo inhabitants from enemy invasions. Work on the fortress began in the 13th century. Today the Fortress proudly presents itself at the Bay of Oslo. It is worth to climb it for beautiful views. The Fortress interiors can be visited for additional fee or within the Oslo Pass.

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

Norwegian Resistance Museum

Wwe also decided to have look at Norwegian Resistance Museum for a moment. This is a story about the struggle of Norwegian society with the German occupier. Pretty ok, but I think this museum is more for fans of the History of Norway.

We were passing such a nice building 🙂

Norwegian Resistance Museum

Parliament (Stortinget)

Although as I mentioned above we mainly focused on museum, but we couldn’t just skip the most important places in the city. We passed by the Norwegian parliament building – Stortinget. In such an elegant building, surrounded by green plants, work must be a pleasure! 🙂 The Norwegian Parliament has been functioning since the nineteenth century.

Stortinget

National Theatre

We continued our walk around the city. On the way to the National Thetre, we passed by weird devil sculpture with penis… such a thing you can find only in Scandinavia I guess 😀

National Theatre

hahaha!

Holmenkollen

Being in Oslo, you can’t miss the famous Holmenkollen ski jumping. It is almost a hundred year old ski jumping which was built again in 2011. You will see it from some parts of the city and it looks like it is coming straight from the sky! To this beautiful sports facility you will reach from Oslo city center by metro. Get ready for a long journey, which is really worth the time. The ski jumping is located in a wooden area. The entrance to the ski jump is paid, but you can also enter with the Oslo Pass.

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Vigeland Park

Our last stop was Vigeland Park. This is another fantastic place in Oslo. A huge park, with lots of marvelous sculptures, should attract even the most picky travelers. The park is a work of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland and his staff. It consists of 212 sculptures made of stone and bronze, representing a total of almost 600 characters. Unfortunately, at this pointmy camera died 😀 (almost like me) and some pictures were taken by iPad. I was also able to see only a part of the Park. Furious baby is definitely my favorite sculpture, although other sculptures are just as weird as interesting. 😀

Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park

Royal Palace

At the very very end, we visited the norwegian royal palace. But I didn’t enjoy this view. Almost like the cathedral – nothing special and quite small!

Royal Palace

That’s all from Oslo! As you can see this city is not very interesting! 😛 You never think about going there! 😀 I’m sure you will not enjoy it like me and after 2 hors, you will be totally bored. 😛

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