Norway, Oslo - Story of my trip to Norway in Oslo
My trip to Oslo
For the first time in Norway, I start visiting the capital Oslo, we leave on June 1st from Milan Malpensa with Sterling (36.50 Euro), stopover in Copenhagen and in the evening continue with Norwegian (270 DKK) and arrive in Oslo at the airport of GARDERMOEN 50 km from the center. The fastest way to get to the city is the FLYTOGET train, 20 minutes, but it's too expensive… and I choose the SAS FLYBUSSEN bus, 40 minutes, ticket on board (220 Nok A / R, no Postepay). The bus makes several stops, I get off at the bussterminalen station, it's 11.30 pm and everything is closed, but luckily I have my Garmin to guide me to the house of FRODE & RAGNAR in Tromsøgata 31, single room at 225 Nok, a good price for Oslo ... the house has two floors and in each there are several rooms with one to four beds, a bathroom on each floor, a well equipped kitchen with two refrigerators, two burners, washing machines, dishwashers and everything needed for cooking, a living room, tourist and transport guides available, TV in the room, garden, possibility to pay by credit card, breakfast not included.
The next morning at 4.00 it is already clear and in the evening the sun sets at 22.00, but as in all Nordic countries everything opens at 10.00 and closes at 18.00.
I reach the station 1.8 km from the house and as soon as the tourist office opens in Jernbanetorget 1 under the TRAFIKANTEN tower, in addition to supplying myself with useful guides, I buy the OSLO PASS, 390 Nok for three days, museums and free transport (including trains and some boats).
After changing a few Euros, I immediately realize the exorbitant prices ... even to have breakfast you have to look carefully for the right places ... I immediately learn to limit myself to a sandwich at midday and buy frozen food at the supermarket to cook at home ...
In front of the station, the Jernbanetorget square guarded by a large bronze tiger and tall glass skyscrapers, huge BYPORTEN, OSLOCITY, GLASMAGASINET department stores, unbridled shopping, but just to look at the prices… surely it's a modern city.
Primary shopping and walking street for Norwegians is the KARL JOHANS GATE, always crowded with people, Oslo's lounge, in its path we find some important buildings: the OSLO CATHEDRAL, the PARLIAMENT, the NATIONAL THEATER and ends in front to the ROYAL PALACE. In the direction of the port we find another area intended for walks, the RADHUSPLASSEN square, the MOLO DI AKER for sunbathing in its open-air bars and restaurants or the AKER BRYGGE a commercial district with countless shops. At the end of the square, the AKERSHUS FORTRESS dating back to 1300, includes several buildings, the defense museum, the resistance museum, the Akershus castle, all of which can be visited and offers an excellent view of the port area
The following day we start with the HISTORICAL MUSEUM, Norwegian culture and history and of the time of the Vikings starting from 9000 years ago, a walk in the park of the Royal Palace, the latter open only for periods, with tram 15 I move to VIGELAND MUSEUM exhibition of the 1600 sculptures, portraits and sketches of Gustav Vigeland, not far from the VIGELAND PARK, 32 hectares, 193 sculptures for a total of 630 human figures, the fountain supported by the six giants, the plain of the monolith with 36 granite groups and the 17.3 m monolith made up of 121 human figures (14 years to sculpt it), of great artistic beauty, the list to become a Unesco heritage.
Also in the FROGNERPARKEN is the BYMUSEUM, a museum of the city and its evolution over time.
In the late afternoon I return by tram 12 to Radhusplassen square, in one of the piers there is the BATSERVICE with which I had booked a two-hour boat tour in the Oslo fjords, 195 Nok (8% discount with Oslo Pass), the trip is pleasant among the islets of the area, even if we cannot speak of the real Norwegian fjords. Throughout the Saturday the parks and squares were invaded by young people for the MUSIK FESTIVAL, here and there, stages with musical groups played until nightfall.
On Sunday we go to the BYGDOY peninsula with the boat that leaves from the excursion pier, a residential area and home to some important museums, starting with the VIKINGSKIPSHUSET museum of the best preserved Viking ships in the world, the Oseberg the most spectacular built in 1800 , the Gokstad unearthed in 1880, the remains of the Tune found in 1867, are also exhibited unique finds of Viking art. Not far from there is the NORSK FOLKEMUSEUM Norwegian folk museum, in the open air it has 170 wooden buildings brought from different places in Norway and restored, young people in typical costumes show the farms and the ancient way of life.
I continue with the KON TIKI MUSEUM tells the journey of four Norwegians and one Swede on two barges, the RA and the KON TIKI, built using papyri and sailed from Peru to French Polynesia. The FRAM MUSEUM, characterized by its triangular shape, houses the Fram ship built in 1892 and defined as the most robust and unique in the world to have arrived further north and south, which can also be visited inside. The MARITIME MUSEUM with many reproductions of ships and a 180 ° cinema room.
Return by boat and evening walk in the center, fun bike rental parks, you insert a card to get one ...
On Monday I decide to turn randomly, moving here and there by public transport, strangely I see how it does not happen in other Nordic cities that there are no ticket checks on the buses (only after 7pm), even in the metro 'accesses are open ... or are they sure that everyone pays or let them travel for free ... just outside the center the recurring landscape are colorful wooden houses surrounded by greenery, the metro 'and the trams run up and down the hills, you begin to see the real Norwegian nature, the one that the city does not offer, surely you have to have a lot of time and move throughout the region to enjoy the best, this was just the first taste.
We leave with Sterling (408 Nok) for my trip every year to Holland ...
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