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Oslo Guide – Review of the Oslo Pass

If you are visiting Oslo, the most expensive city in the world, then you will want to use our Oslo Guide to help you explore the city with an Oslo Pass.

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Oslo Guide Vigeland Park, Crazy Baby Statue Oslo

If you are on a budget, then visiting the most expensive City in the World can be terrifying. But there is no need to skip the city if you stick to our Oslo Guide and use an Oslo Pass.

And if you choose to go in the off-season, like we did in October, then you are likely to save even more money and miss the crowds over summer and winter. Just be warned that it may mean some places will have limited opening hours.

Oslo panorama

Oslo Panorama from Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Oslo Guide

The first thing you will want to lay your hands on is the the Oslo Pass. It is guaranteed to save you money with free entry to over 30 museums, free public transport around Oslo and a few extra savings like discounts on meals.

You can choose between the 24, 48 or 72 hour cards. We had the 72 hour card (495 NOK or US$87) and it was perfect for the autumn season, because we didn’t have to rush around trying to fit everything into 48 hours. Plus it is just too cold to get started too early in the morning or carry on late into the night.

If we didn’t have the Oslo Pass then we would have spent 860 NOK (US$151) on transportation and entry fees. That’s a saving of 365 NOK (US$64). And to be honest, we probably could have squeezed a few more attractions in if we really wanted to.

3 Day Oslo Guide – Recommended Sights

While we were busy in Oslo and saw a lot, we were not run off our feet and exhausted each day. Plus it was the middle of October and the temperature hovered around 6 degrees Celsius. So we didn’t like spending too much time outdoors even though we do love the cold.

We also used our Oslo guide book, that comes free with the Oslo Pass, to plan our days to maximise the time spent in each area.

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen is situated about 20 minutes out of Oslo city on the Metro 1 line and well worth the trip. We spent a few hours checking out the HUGE ski jump overlooking the city of Oslo.

Oslo Holmenkollen Ski Jump

As well as the world’s oldest Ski museum, which tells this history of skiing through the ages from several thousand years ago. A must for any snow adventure lovers like ourselves.

Vigeland Park

We have never been more confused by a park than we were at Vigeland Park.

Oslo Guide Vigeland Park

We have no idea what the statues represent or why they even exist, but surely a man being attacked by four flying babies is a little bit weird in anyone’s book?

What about creepy babies riding on the back of a naked lady with her hair braided between her teeth?

Vigeland Park Oslo Guide

While completely freaky, the Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist (Gustav Vigeland), and is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. We highly recommend that you go and check it out for yourself and have a laugh.

Noble Peace Center

The Noble Peace Center was probably the highlight for both of us. Especially as they currently have an incredible exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi showing. While he is the world’s most famous Peace activist, he has never won the Noble Peace prize.

It was also enlightening learning a little bit more about the Noble Peace prize as we were both surprised at how little we actually knew about some of the worlds greatest Peace activists who have won over the last century.

Bygdøy Museums

You can easily spend a day over at Bygdøy, so catch the ferry across (or Bus 30) in the morning, and spend the whole day exploring the Peninsula. While there are six museums on the Bygdøy Peninsula, we only had time to check out three of them.

The Viking Ship Museum is home to three well preserved Viking Ships that give an insight into the conquerors who ruled the seas several thousand years ago. Still can’t believe they used to sail these ships across the North Sea to pillage the UK.

Viking Ship Museum Oslo Guide

The Polar Ship Fram exhibition provides a detailed insight into the lives of the Norwegian Polar explorers from the beginning of the 20th Century.

You can follow in the footsteps of heroes such as Roald Amundsen, the first man to make it to the South Pole, onboard the Polar Ship Fram and see what their lives were like when they took these crazy adventures.

Oslo Guide Holocaust Center

Memorial at the Holocaust Centre to the Norwegians killed during the Holocaust. 

While extremely moving, the Holocaust Centre is a must for anyone that wants to learn a little more about the Holocaust and how it affected Norway.

We were the only ones wandering around the graphic displays and barely spoke to one another the entire visit. And when we did speak it was barely a whisper. Very sobering, but a must visit for everyone.

Akershus Castle

The Akershus Castle sits prominently above the Oslo harbour protecting the city from invading forces. While the cannons may now be clogged up and pigeons the greatest invaders, the views and scenery are worth the stroll around the grounds.

Unfortunately we didn’t realise that the Castle was closed during the week in winter so missed out seeing inside. But it is free to wander through the gardens and snap the autumn colours.

Oslo Guide Akershus Castle

Oslo Guide to Getting around

While the city is easily walk-able  with most of the main attractions within a 20 minute walk of one another, there are a few that you will need to catch public transport for. And if you have brought the Oslo Pass, then you are sorted.

Just jump on any of the trams, buses or metro line to get around Oslo. Also highly recommended if you are visiting in late Autumn or during Winter when it gets pretty cold!

Oslo Guide Opera House

Oslo Opera House from the Batservice Hop-on Hop-off Ferry

If you have the 72 hour Oslo pass then you also have the chance to use the Båtservice Hop-on, Hop-off ferry to explore the Oslo Fjord for free. The ferry runs year round and stops at the city center, the Opera House and across the harbour to Bygdøy Peninsular for a few popular museums.

Extra Travel Information

Get your Oslo Pass from any of the visitor centers or you can buy it online.

We stayed at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia with their awesome buffet breakfast.

We don’t recommend flying into Oslo with Ryanair because you actually land 120 kms from Oslo City center and it costs US$130 return on the bus! We found out after we booked.

Visit Oslo during the shoulder-season, such as October, to avoid the crowds and higher prices.

Disclaimer: We were provided with an Oslo Pass from the Visit Oslo Tourism Board but all our recommendations are always our own and we would definitely have brought one anyway! 

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37 Comments

  1. Sophie

    October 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Glad you’ve enjoyed it here. Love your photos of Holmenkollen Ski Jump, especially 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Such a beautiful city Sophie! Totally didn’t expect to love it as much as we did. Just wish it was a little cheaper…

  2. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    October 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Cool opera house! Thanks for the tip about making this pricey destination a bit more budget friendly.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      The shape of the Opera house is meant to represent an Ice Berg… Can kind of see it.

  3. bronwen burmester

    October 23, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Didnt expect there to be so much to see either in Oslo, would have liked the sculpyure park – very intriging.
    Thanks for the blog.

  4. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    October 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    That park looks very confusing! 🙂 I’ve been to Oslo once, but missed most of the sights that time (except Holmenkollen), oh well, something for next time. Looks nice!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Not sure if we can afford to go back Jarmo 😉 But definitely need to explore the rest of the adventure activities around Norway next summer!

  5. Laurence

    October 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Gorgeous photos. Seriously awesome to see your skills growing 🙂 Love the statue in Vigeland park composition especially (I’m a sucker for clouds..)

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      I think you made me realise the potential in clouds. My shots used to be two thirds land and 1 third sky. Now it is the opposite haha.

  6. Laurie

    October 25, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    Great place but expensive. Actually so much history in Oslo.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      Still lots of cheaper places that are around if you can find them for food etc. Plus the Oslo Pass makes a huge difference and saved us heaps of money!

  7. Turtle

    October 25, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Awesome tips. But I can’t get over how weird that park is. I don’t think you’d even be allowed to have statues like that in a lot of parks in the United States!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      I don’t know that you would be allowed sculptures like that anywhere else in the world. I wonder if the artist just didn’t let anyone see the park until he was finished. Then the officials were screwed.

  8. D.J. - The World of Deej

    October 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    These city passes are really a great thing to have. Save so much time and money…beautiful shots of Oslo!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      We probably would have hid in our hotel room if we didn’t have the passes! Even transport to get around is so much easier when you can just flash your Oslo Pass.

  9. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    October 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Beautiful photos of the city. Thanks for the Oslo Pass travel tips.

  10. Shamis @ Gawaya Travel Blog

    October 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    That is a one weird park for sure. Man with four babies looks like he’s pushing them away and trying to escape. Love the photos, especially the Oslo Opera House and Akershus Castle. Thanks for the tips to get around in Oslo!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      I think they are secret flying babies and they are attacking him.

  11. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    October 29, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Thanks,Cole. This is useful to know how to travel Oslo cheaper, since I’ve always been turned off to it because i hear it is SO expensive. I definitely want to visit Norway, but mostly for adventure activities. Perhaps I’ll make a stop in Oslo sometime as well.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      We were just dipping our toes in Norway on this trip. Will have to go back for the adventures in summer next year!

  12. Linda McCormick

    October 30, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Really beautiful photos guys! Apparently now Finland and Switzerland are more expensive to live in than Australia, so maybe I need to write some tips on how to save money here!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      I think I will get a shock when I fly back to NZ for a few weeks in November with the price increases. But probably won’t be as bad as the Scandinavian prices!

  13. EurotripTips

    October 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I looooved Oslo. SO many museums – the perfect reason for getting the Oslo pass!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      It was non-stop Museums! Was hard to plan our days because since it was winter lots had limited hours. Just something to keep in mind 😉

  14. Abby

    November 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Oslo looks so cool! I spent a few weeks in Sweden after college and have always wanted to go back to Scandanavia.

    • Cole Burmester

      November 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      We really want to go see the rest of Norway now. So many adventure activities to have!

  15. Ali

    November 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Definitely sounds like a great deal. Those statues are a bit odd! There’s a statue of a giant eating children in Bern, Switzerland, maybe this guy being attacked by the babies should hook up with the giant for some help? 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      November 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Hahaha now we have to go to Bern and check out that one! Sounds just as crazy.

  16. Alexandra

    December 27, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Flying Babies are vicious! You never know when they might attack 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      You have to totally watch out for them in Oslo! They just come out of nowhere.

  17. Linda Bibb

    February 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    The flying babies statue is truly creepy. It looks like that man is kicking the one.

    Thanks for the tip about RyanAir. I’ll have to remember that. It seems obvious that they are not at all concerned about their passengers’ comfort.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Everyone (including us) continues to fly with RyanAir though because their prices are just so much cheaper. Then we all complain! We don’t really have a reason to when we choose to fly with them in the first place 😉

      • Linda Bibb

        February 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        I totally understand that it’s cheaper. I was just thinking about our flights on other cheap European airlines and that not all of them arrive at airports in another time zone. 🙂

  18. Mary Ann

    December 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    your blog made me really laugh hard because of the park that is kind of weird and can even get over until now, LOL, Thank you for the tips and looking forward to going there even though i feel a little jittery especially that tourist kept mentioning how expensive it is there. Im planning to fly with norwegian air from Bangkok and maybe you have idea with the cheapest ride from airport to city center

  19. Diane

    May 26, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Hi,

    I wonder if you can help? we are getting the Oslo pass direct to our mobile and the question was with the metro system is there something else we must do rather than just get on it! Do you need to swap it for anything or validate it at a machine etc. Little concerned going to encounter a metro barrier and no ticket to exit.

    many thanks
    Di

    • Cole Burmester

      June 10, 2016 at 7:59 AM

      That’s a great question but one I can’t help with sorry! We just had the tickets. I’m sure there will be something there for you to scan 🙂 Enjoy your trip!

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Overlooked and Underrated Euro Vacations

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Here’s a quick list of places to possibly include in your next European itinerary. 2018 is the year of the underrated vacation spot in our humble opinions, and we want to honor it.

Basque Country:

This place is in this author’s humble opinion easily and hands-down the most underrated little corner of Europe.

And honestly, between the two, the Spanish side of Basque country is going to cost you probably around 50% what the French side will, and most people in the know will agree that the Spanish side is at least 100% more fun!

 

Canary Islands:

There are two ways to do the Canaries: simply fly in and enjoy them, or treat yourself and a loved one to a romantic Canary Island cruise.

Best time to visit is definitely either spring or fall, as it does get quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer. If you are a beach bum, on the other hand, summer is best (but there will be a lot more tourists in the summer).

 

Siena, Italy:

This city is often overshadowed by Rome, Florence, and Venice, but it actually is arguably the best-preserved city in Italy and has the best historic city center. The cuisine here is absolutely to die for, and you won’t have to pay inflated tourist prices like you will in the aforementioned places either!

If you can, try to make it for the famous Palio, a horse race that has been going on literally for centuries.

 

Brussels:

Just as Siena is overshadowed by other bigger Italian cities, Brussels tends to stand forgotten next to London and Paris. But Brussels has key elements of the two metropolises, as well as its own unique and delicious cuisine, its own beer (considered by more than a few experts to be the worlds best), and easily the worlds best chocolate, both in solid and drinkable form. Belgian chocolate will seriously change your life forever.

 

Istria, Croatia:

This is one of the world’s best summer beach destinations. It’s incredibly beautiful, and by Western European standards, almost outrageously cheap.

Hipster tourists are starting to come in and drive prices up, but it still remains a great bargain by any standards, and most importantly, it’s a bargain without really having to give up any of our beloved amenities.

 

Budapest:

Budapest could be called the poor man’s Prague, but in reality that name isn’t very fair. For one thing, Hungarian culture and Czech culture are actually extremely different (for one thing, the Hungarian language isn’t in the same family as the rest of Europe, it’s its own thing completely, like the Basque language).

Prague is gorgeous, but it’s getting almost as expensive as the rest of Europe too, and honestly Budapest’s history and culture is much more interesting, especially for the seasoned traveller.

 

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Top Things to Do When Visiting Frankfurt

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Frankfurt is the financial heart of Germany, located in the state of Hesse, and on the banks of the river Main. The city is known as a gateway to Europe, with the large Frankfurt International Airport being a popular hub for both commercial and private jets. However, the city itself offers plenty for visitors and makes a great place for a vacation.

 

Main Tower 

Frankfurt is known for its modern skyline and the best place to take in the view is from Main Tower. Named for the river that runs through the city, you can take an elevator up to the 650-foot high viewing platform to see some amazing views across the city.

There is also a bar and restaurant there offering an international menu.

 

Goethe House

One of the most famous people from Frankfurt is the writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who is one of Germany’s most important authors. His original home was destroyed during World War II but has been carefully restored including original furniture, paintings, and family books. It is now a museum where you can even see the desk where he wrote ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’.

 

 

 Romerberg

The Romerberg or ‘Roman Mountain’ is the original heart of the city, where the first trade fairs were held back in the 13th century. It has been restored to look as it did when it was first built so there are many stunning buildings there. Most notable is the Rathaus, or City Hall, which dates from 1405 and is surrounded by half-timbered houses.

 

St Paul’s Church 

St Paul’s Church, or Paulskirche, was built in the early 1800s but is notable not for its history as a church but as the cradle of German democracy. It was here that the first freely elected German parliament met in 1848 and held political meetings. It is now used for exhibitions and special events.

 

 

Museum Embankment

Museumsufer, or Museum Embankment, is the location for many of the best museums in Frankfurt including the German Film Museum and the Städel Museum which is home to many works of art from the old masters. The largest flea market in Frankfurt is also held here and takes place every Saturday.

 

 

Zeil 

Zeil is a pedestrianized zone in the center of Frankfurt and a popular shopping destination,  known as the Fifth Avenue of Germany. Zeil features modern shops, a 10-storey shopping center, and plenty of small, independent stores where you can find something unique.

Want to explore Frankfurt and visit its most famous sights? Then charter a private jet so you can travel to the city in luxury. Contact Air Charter Service to get a quote for your private jet charter today and kick off your vacation to Frankfurt in style.

 

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Gambling Around The World

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Gambling in 2017 has many different facets, some of them new, some of them going back literally thousands of years.

Some of us like to just stay home and play online, look for the best casino bonuses and have a great time from the comfort of our home sweet homes. And there is certainly nothing wrong with that.

But maybe you are travelling and you would like to check out the local casinos. We are going to include a quick list of the world’s hot spots for gambling in case you come near one of these places, or just get the brick and mortar casino bug and want to check them out.

 

Monte Carlo:

This is perfect for people who want to combine the classic gaming experience with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Definitely you have a history and a tradition here not to be felt anywhere else. This place is not cheap, but it’s worth every penny.

 

Aruba:

This one may surprise you, as people don’t think of it as a gambling destination, but it’s one of the world’s best, with 24 world-class facilities, and of course, everything else to cater to tourists to a T.

It’s also worth mentioning that most of these destinations are also beach destinations, but out of all of them, Aruba’s beaches are hands-down the best.

 

Macau:

Once owned by the Portuguese, in today’s world, Macau is part of China, but considered a special administrative district, in the same fashion as Hong Kong. Since a long time ago, it has been a famous destination for gamblers, and gambling and tourism make up a whopping 50% of its economy.

 

Las Vegas:

Las Vegas is all about big! It has the biggest concentration of casinos (over 75 next to each other on the strip), some of the world’s biggest casinos, and biggest hotels. There is no doubt that this still remains the premier destination for people who are serious gamblers, no matter where in the world they may come from. No self-respecting high roller lives his or her life without at least one stop in Vegas.

 

Atlantic City:

This is the smallest of the destinations in this list, but not to be easily discounted. Many people prefer the relaxed vibe of Atlantic City compared to other destinations, and if you live anywhere between New York and DC, the proximity is a huge draw. And of course, the famous boardwalk is still there, and still as nice as ever in season.

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