"Of course, compared to Bergen, Oslo isn’t really such a memorable experience. Still, not a bad place. Clean, colorful, and lots of green space. Architecturally, the modern and the old are in the right proportions. The modern buildings are the most spectacular in the seafront promenade area. I really liked the outside of the Opera House and the City Council building from the inside. Stretching from the railway station to the Royal Palace, Karl Johans Gate (the main street) is very cozy in the late afternoon, with a lot of calm yet busy Norwegians. We ended up in two of the many museums: the Viking Ship Museum and the open-air Museum of Folk Art. You should also definitely go to Vigeland Park. It’s ace! In fact, it is also a museum, but a very unique one, featuring the many outdoor sculptures created by sculptor Gustav Vigeland. You don’t even need a ticket, as this is a public park.
Our hotel, called the Vulkan Hotel, was located in a laid-back part of the city. We were happy to walk the 20 minutes into the center. The air in Oslo is also good.
The locals seem friendly and satisfied. The city easily deserves two full days. The downside is that eating out is horrendously expensive.” (2017)
“The first things that caught my eye were the prices: think of the most extortionate price for a particular product you've ever seen at home and multiply it by two 😀 Yes. That’s how much things cost.
Oslo is architecturally outstanding if you love contemporary buildings.
One of the activities I recommend is the fjord cruise (about 2 hours), which is obviously not as spectacular as in the countryside, but you can still see beautiful landscapes. Still, if you’re someone who has a bit more money/time, Norway in a nutshell tour is probably more exciting.
Of the museums, the Fram was my favorite. It can be good with a child because it is interactive, and it's quite spectacular (has anyone else experienced the icy-zombie cabin?), And the Viking ships are also cool.
Public transport is pretty good, but many times it takes the same amount of time to get to the city center by bus as on foot, so if you can keep up the pace it's not worth buying a day ticket.
Overall, I loved this city! The locals are laid-back and polite, they speak good English. There are some weird things (e.g. everyone is happy to walk across the road on a red light, no one cares if a car is coming, even though there are two red lights under each zebra crossing – if anyone can explain, please write!), but overall it was positive, and I got the urge to explore other landscapes of this beautiful country💕 (s.m., 2019)
“I was expecting a lot of boat traffic in the Oslo Fjord, but unfortunately I only saw ferries. I stop at a lookout point where amateur ornithologists peek at the sex lives of the birds that inhabit this shallow estuary. I sit down among these voyeurs as I plan my Oslo program. I fall asleep among the birdwatchers. For safety, I take an umbrella and a raincoat with me as I head for the bus and Oslo. I go to the new opera house first, since today is an open day. Then I just roam for pleasure, and the sun is already shining when I reach Akerhus Fortress, next to which a ship of the same size sits at anchor. Then I mingle with the port traffic on the Aker Brigge and the crowds of pedestrians in Oslo. Finally, I walk down the main street, all the way from the royal palace to the station."