Rewind 3 months…my lecture gets cancelled, which means you head straight for the pub, yes? 3 bottles of prosecco later and we’ve booked flights to Norway. Standard Tuesday night.
I had mentioned to my best friend that I really wanted to go hiking in Norway, after seeing so many amazing photos on Instagram. So being slightly tipsy, we looked up flights, managing to bag a return from Manchester for £30! Yep! We snatched them up immediately.
I had high hopes for Oslo, and bloody ell it exceeded all of my expectations. It is a beautiful city, full of really friendly people and there is so much to see and do. After looking at the places we wanted to go, we decided to buy the Oslo Pass- costs about £40 for the 2 days, which is a real value for money. With this we got free transport and got into all the museums- which usually cost about a tenner a go.
Over the 2 days we managed to visit the Fram Museum, Viking Ship Museum, National Gallery, Popsenteret, Munch Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum and the Opera House. The Kon-Tiki Museum was definitely my favourite- I’m a history geek at heart and love hearing about old expedition stories.
Before arriving I was so excited to find out that one of my favourite bands Cabbage were playing in Oslo while we were there at By:Larm Festival. I have never actually heard of the festival before, but the line up seemed pretty good so thought we’d give it a go. We managed to see a number of amazing bands, Cabbage, Shame, Alex Cameron and LUT, just to name a few, with incredible venues ranging from an old warehouse to a cathedral!
It’s no secret that Norway can be a little bit pricey, so definitely shop around for the best deals. We found some bars that were charging around £10 for a pint, where others were around £6 or £7, depending on what area of the city you’re in. It’s definitely work checking out some of the really quirky bars though. It’s pretty much the same with food too- some places were significantly more expensive than others. We literally just lived off chicken kebabs for the entire trip. Seriously, THEY’RE OUT OF THIS WORLD.
All in all, Oslo is a pretty amazing place. The only downfall of our trip was being delayed for 5 hours because of a snow storm, but what can you do- it was worth it.