Oslo - Not so expensive
Last year Oslo was handed the dubious honor of the world’s most expensive city. So what do you get for your money? The city is compact, clean, modern and has a population of only 550,000 inhabitants. But it’s biggest draw is it’s enviable location, positioned on the edge of the great outdoors.
Situated at the northern end of the Oslo fjord with its island beaches you’ll also find miles of forested wilderness. Oslo is easy to navigate on foot but if you buy an Oslo pass you can travel on public transport for free and you’ll gain free entry into numerous galleries and museums including The National Gallery, The Monk Museum, and the Vikings Ship Museum. This Museum houses three 9th century Vikings ships that were discovered in Clay burial mounds of Viking Chieftains and they’re amazingly well preserved as a result.
Some of the treasures that were buried with the ships are also on display. Henric Ipson, the world’s second most famous playwright lived and worked in Oslo for over 20 years. His apartment is painstakingly being renovated and incorporates the museum of his life and work. Ipson’s favorite spot for the beer and a sandwich was at the grand café.
The café is at Carl Johan’s Garter, the city’s main street running from the Royal palace to the Parliament building lined with shops and cafés. The Grand café is part of the Grand Hotel built in 1874; it’s one of Norway’s most popular. Every year from the balcony of the Nobel suite, the new winner of the Nobel peace Prize greets the public.
Tourist favorite Aka Bruga is the gleaning waterfront redevelopment of the former shipyard and a hub of dozens of restaurants.
The other major tourist draw is the home and Kullen ski jump an emblem of Olympic skiing world wide. The view from the top is the terrifying glimpse of what the jumper has to face.
Alongside the jump is the Ski Museum where you can learn about the history of the ski Jump - and it’s 18 incarnations – and the development of the modern skiing.
Perhaps Oslo’s most recognizable attraction is Vieglan’s sculpture park. It lies within the green and leafy expanse of Frogner park and is the outcome of 19 years of work from renowned sculptor Gustav Bieglan. The 182 sculptures are the manifestation of the cycle of life and the human condition as Vieglan saw it. At the center is the impressive monolith, a single block of stone reaching nearly 15 meters and formed of 121 figures- A spiral of humanity.
So a small beer here may cost six Euros, but you will be drinking it in the capital city like no other.