I’ve always fancied a trip to Norway despite all the warnings of things costing too much or how cold it gets. So when some cheap flights came up with Norwegian Air for a weekend trip to Oslo in March 2018, I booked up straight away. The country would take me ever closer to the 30 countries under the age of 30 with this being my 29th country.
Do you know how cold it gets in Oslo in March? I didn’t when I booked the trip… Now I’m Scottish so I’m used to 11 months of being cold. This was next level cold though. -15 in Spring! Even at 10am it was still around -10! On the weekend I travelled it reached a high of 0. A high of 0. High. 0.
Norwegian Air Experience
I thought I’d start off by going in to what I thought of the airline because I know they’re growing fairly significantly and you might’ve seen some of their unbelievable deals to various locations in the United States and even Argentina. I was a bit sceptical about them and how they can offer flights so cheaply. As a budget airline, they boast of their many awards within their magazine and it’s easy to see why they got them. Compared to Ryanair, it was so much better. The leg room on the flight was fairly limited and I don’t think I could sit in that plane for long haul. However, the whole experience was extremely good.
You pay for your seat and anything else you’ll have to pay extra for
If you’re aware of that beforehand then you know what to expect. I’d definitely recommend them and I’ll be checking out some of their other deals.
Getting to Oslo City Centre from Oslo Gardermoen Airport
There are a few different options to consider here: NSB regional trains, Flytoget Airport Express train, bus or a taxi. The NSB regional trains take around 25 minutes from the airport and a single costs a total of NOK 101 (£9 / €11 / $13). This is the route I went down and it was easy enough. The Flytoget Express train takes around 20 minutes and a single costs NOK 190 (£17 / €20 / $25). A taxi takes 40 minutes and costs around NOK 610 (£56 / €64 / $79) before 5 pm and NOK 720 (£66 / €75 / $93) after. My recommendation would be the NSB regional trains, there are a few trains you can get so you can quickly get a train to the Oslo S train station.
Getting Around the City
We stayed on Kongens gate within Oslo and had no issues at all with transportation. The city itself is fairly confined and you can get around on foot quite easily. We didn’t have to get any other form of public transport at all on our weekend break. Some tourist landmarks are quite far out of the city but we made use of the Hop On Hop Off bus. There are many other forms of public transport if you don’t want to walk the distance to places like the Viking Museum.
Fjord Sightseeing Boat Tour
My favourite aspect of my trip was the two hour Fjord Boat Tour. I would be mindful of the temperature if you’re going on this. We were prepared and I had multiple layers, gloves and a hat. I was still a little cold! The boat tour is fantastic though. They operate different timetables based on the time of the year with three running daily in winter and six running in summer. The cost for the tour is NOK 315 (£29 / €33 / $40).
The boat passes a number of different islands around Oslo, various inlets and also the Oslo Opera House. You can get some really cool pictures from the boat.
Oslo has sooo many museums. One that you can’t miss is the Viking Museum. The Museum is based 3 miles from the city centre. The cost is NOK 100 (£9 / €10 / $13). The good thing about this ticket is it also includes access to the Historic Museum. The visit to the Historic Museum must be used within the next 48 hours. The ticket would normally cost NOK 100 (£9 / €10 / $13) on its own.
The Viking Museum boasts three of the best preserved Viking ships in the world – the most famous being the Oseberg Ship. The ships were discovered in the 20th century and date back to c1000 AD. They were burial ships with the museum giving lots of information alongside other items contained within the ships. This is a must visit!
You’ve probably heard that Oslo, and Scandinavia in general, is very expensive. Well, you hear correctly! We went to a fairly average restaurant and had two courses each with a drink each and it cost just over NOK 600 (£54 / €62 / $77). An alcoholic drink is around NOK 100 (£9 / €10 / $13) each so make sure you bring your credit cards!