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On Friday morning I was up before dawn and headed in the direction of Stanstead airport for an anniversary trip to Oslo! After an extra hour’s sleep on the plane and a little bit on the train between Rygge and Oslo, I was ready to start of the weekend with an afternoon of exploring what this Norwegian country has to offer – and it seems we timed it perfectly with the beautiful autumn colours and clear blue skies.
Oslo’s opera house is found right outside the main station and is definitely a must see. The building stands out and seems to sum up everything that is cool about Scandinavian design. You can walk along the sloping roof and get a great view of the water. I can imagine in winter that the roof either becomes a toboggan track, or is closed off as it was quite slippery even in dry weather
Whilst we didn’t go inside the opera house itself you could see the interior through the panes of glass on the outside.
Oslo’s tram system (which might take a bit of getting used to, the maps weren’t clear at all!) and architecture reminded me of small French towns. Even the most ordinary looking streets had at least one building that stood out.
Oslo is renowned for being expensive and it really was. I would strongly recommend the Oslo Pass to help lessen the blow for your bank account. The Oslo Pass will last you between 24 hours and 72 and gives you free transport, free entrance to museums and galleries and many more discounts. It is well worth buying!
After visiting the tourism office for maps and the Oslo Pass we checked into our hotel. Smarthotel in Oslo (which had some great savings through booking.com) was right in the centre of Oslo and had everything you needed for a short break. If you’re on a bit of a budget you should definitely take a look.
The sun begins to set at about 4.30pm in November allowing us to get snaps of the Palace which almost looks down on central Oslo from the top of a small hill.
After a great introduction to Oslo we made plans for the next day and got an early(ish) night before heading to Holmenkollen where Oslo’s ski jump sits