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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.



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 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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  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


    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

    • 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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Making the Most of a Trip to Monaco



Monaco is one of the hottest destinations in travel right now, and there has never been a better time to explore the principality that attracts over 320,000 visitors a year from all around the world. While Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco helped plant Monaco firmly on the movie-goers map, and the winding roads and glorious hill-scapes send our minds back to James Bond-esque car rides, there is another side to Monaco that gives itself as the perfect stopover for the adventure holiday-maker.

Monaco in Brief

Nestled on the French coast on the Mediterranean Riviera, Monaco is the richest nation in the world – not just for the celebrity yachts and sports cars that glint in the Monegasque sun – as according to The World Bank, the people of Monaco earn more per capita than any other nation, which is evidenced in how luxurious a place it is. But, it doesn’t just have to be a destination for those with laden pockets. With a population of around 30,000, Monaco was founded as a colony of Genoa in 1215. The House of Grimaldi presided over Monaco ever since (with a brief period of French rule from 1789 to 1814) – with the Prince of Monaco acting as supreme ruler. That is until 1911, when Monaco became a constitutional government, with the monarchy acting as a figurehead, much like Great Britain’s. But what can be done in Monaco?

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Formula One

Monaco, of course, is well known for the Monaco Grand Prix, a Formula 1 race held annually on the Circuit de Monaco. Begun in 1929, and forming 1/3 of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the race is considered one of the most prestigious in the world. The streets of Monaco are transformed into the circuit, which makes it naturally one of the most dangerous and difficult to manoeuvre through in the world. The track changes, corners, and elevations combine with the luxurious atmosphere to make the winner of the tournament extremely lauded over. While participants clearly can’t rock up to join the race, finding your wheels on the same streets is a sure adrenaline burst, especially for sports fans.

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Thanks in part to Casino Royale, Monaco is on the map for the extensive connection it has to casinos, and more specifically the iconic Casino Monte Carlo, that the nightlife of the city-state revolves around. In the beginning of roulette, the wheel had been modified in order to ensure the player’s odds were high enough to have a chance of winning with the single zero machine, Monaco accepted the game developed by Louis Blanc of Germany. Until 1933, roulette was played exclusively in Monaco, and the game helped place Monaco on the map for being a high stakes, exuberant place. As such, the roulette wheel was at the centre of the night out, that spilled into nearby bars and clubs. Monaco continues this tradition of bustling bars and celebrity-spotting clubs, replete with live music, cabaret events, and special guests, with the Living Room and La Racasse providing as glamorous an evening as James Bond would indulge in.

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Located on the Avenue de Princess Grace, Lavrotto Beach is home to not only beautifully clear water and scorching sand, but a variety of water-sports for the nautical adventurer. From canoeing and kayaking under The Rock, to snorkelling and scuba diving to discover the shoals that live beneath the deluxe city-state and rival those of the Great Barrier Reef. For those who are into faster experiences, jet skis are available to cruise the blue lagoon, and flyboarding can be done in the bay. Motorised water-sports are extremely popular and an easy way to get that heart rate going.

Seeing Monaco from the Sky

France is extremely popular for its hot air balloon rides, and Monaco has adopted this pastime as well. The perfect way to take all 202 hectares in is to soar above it propelling by a canister of liquid propane gas. The hot air balloon ride can be as exciting or as leisurely as you make it, and can form the basis of a picnic high in the sky. Alternatively, you can don your swimsuit and hop onto a parachute behind a speedboat, to see Monaco from above while parasailing. Both methods allow you to feel the wind in your hair and witness the beauty of Monaco.

Monaco is a magnificent place; and a definite spot for anyone wanting an exciting break – just a short trip down from France, and a perfect stop for any time from a day to a week. While the excitement may differ from bouldering and white water rafting, the thrill in the air of being amongst the yachts, the beautiful scenery, and the scent of celebrity is enough to get hearts racing.

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5 Unmissable Northern Ireland Attractions



Northern Ireland is a beautiful part of the world, yet one which often lies off the usual tourist track. However, there are many great places to visit and things to see and do in this region – offering the perfect getaway from packed tourist destinations and a chance to see a largely unspoiled natural landscape.

Despite this, there are still many different attractions within the area that are well worth a visit. From city scenes to geological wonders, the sheer versatility means that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone in the region.

If you are thinking of paying Northern Ireland a visit, here are five of the best attractions that the area has to offer – just waiting for you to arrive!

Giant’s Causeway

Instantly recognisable and famed across the world, the Giant’s Causeway is a definite must-see. Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO world heritage site, the Causeway is a unique example of natural beauty and wonder. Take time out of your schedule to explore, clambering over the rocks and discovering the science, myths and legends behind this ancient monument. A Giant’s Causeway tour also makes the ideal way to learn about the Causeway and get to know the area, as you are shown around by a knowledgeable tour guide.


Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast is a city steeped in years of history. Boasting plenty of varied attractions, there is guaranteed to be something to suit every taste in Belfast. Spend some time wandering the streets and exploring the city’s shops and eateries, or instead, head out and visit one of the dedicated tourist attractions. As the birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic, history buffs are sure to enjoy a visit to Titanic Belfast, the museum which commemorates the ship and the tragedy that followed her maiden launch. Alternatively, a visit to Crumlin Road Gaol is another favourite on Belfast’s tourist trail. Explore the gaol and learn all about its rich history, right through to its eventual closure as a working prison in 1996.

Murlough National Nature Reserve

For those who prefer a taste of the great outdoors, head out to the stunning landscape of Murlough National Nature Reserve and spend some time getting back to grips with nature. Ideal for a fun-filled family day out or a relaxing day spent exploring, the reserve offers the perfect example of an unspoiled wilderness situated in the picturesque Irish countryside. There are plenty of walking routes and trails dotted across the reserve, so pick your favourite and head off to explore more of the beautiful scenery!

Dunluce Castle

Brooding and full of a unique atmosphere, Dunluce Castle is a perfect example of cultural history and architecture. Located on the coast, this impressive ruin offers stunning views across the water and is also an understandable favourite among budding photographers. A must-see landmark along the Antrim coast, the castle offers a real mix of Irish history and different time periods.


Perfectly combining tradition and history with a quirky, contemporary twist, Derry is Northern Ireland’s second-largest city – a city with something to suit everyone. From its vast array of quaint cafes and eateries to the traditional architecture, history buffs are sure to want to pay Derry a visit. If you do decide to head down to Derry, make sure not to miss the historic city walls. Striking and memorable yet also enlightening, a walk around the walls is sure to help you step back in time and discover Derry’s past and rich history.

Are you feeling inspired? These are just a few of the many exciting places to visit on offer within the region. Northern Ireland truly is a hidden gem – why not discover the beauty of this area for yourself on your next trip?

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Worlds’ Best Surfing Breaks: Lanzarote’s El Quemao



Lanzarote plays host to some serious, world-class level surfing. The volcanic island rises straight up through the water, and because it lacks a continental shelf the waves it gets from the Atlantic are completely unobstructed. With low precipitation, balmy winds and endless sunshine, this laid-back island is every surfer dude’s dream.

In the northwest, El Quemao is a commanding left and right-hand reef break. You can experience colossal swells of up to five metres high, rivalling those in Hawaii. This area is meant for the expert. The waves continuously form quick tubes with vertical descents, perfect to enter, descend and ride the tube.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Seven of the Best Restaurants on Lanzarote

Table Arrcife Known for their burgers, tapas and their large selection of beer.

Casa de la Playa, Arrieta Go for authentic Canarian seafood cuisine overlooking the beach.

El Mirador, Playa Blanca Enjoy seafood by the ocean!

Cofradia de Pescadores, Playa Blanca Specialising in seafood; ask for the fresh fish of the day.

Restaurante del Diablo, Timanfaya This lunch-only restaurant utilises volcanic heat to cook their various meat dishes.

El Tenique, Tiagua They offer delicious meat fare. Their popular Cabra is served on Sundays.

El Chupadero, La Geria Situated in wine country, enjoy a glass of vino, tapas and live music.

Hippy Holidays – Low Impact Lanzarote

Pack a lunch and explore former Hippy Heaven, Papagayo, by bike. There is a family-friendly beach with calmer waters to paddle in and swim. There are also out-of-the-way places for older children to explore.

Visit Timanfaya National Park. It is 50 km² of expansive plains, volcanic ash, fossilised lava, geysers and boulders. Amp up the exotic by joining a Camel Train to explore this region.

Consider getting around by bicycle to get exploring areas off the beaten path, as well as beaches, finding smaller towns and farmers’ markets.

Fancy a Holiday in Malta? Now You Can Fly from Southend

As of October 29, 2017, EasyJet is scheduled to fly twice weekly from London Southend Airport to Malta year-round. London Southend has its own train station that runs up to six trains per hour to and from central London. This will carry passengers from Essex to the South End.

Malta, south of Sicily, has grown in popularity. The weather is great year-round (19 to 30 degrees). It is also the home of three World Heritage Sites.

Inland from Alicante: Seven Out-of-the-Way Places

Alcoy Here you will find Barchell Castle, the convent of St. Augusti and church of Santa Maria. The Moors and Christians festival is a must see.

Le Romana See cave houses; there are some cave properties currently in use.

Aspe Grapes grown in this region are tied to a custom of eating 12 grapes at New Years.

Cocentaina While at the village of La Villa, visit the Comtat Palace.

Ontinyent Archaeological finds around the area date back to the Bronze Age and Iberian period.

Bocairent Cobbled streets and architecture allow you to see what life was like many centuries ago.

Guadalest Go see the castle of San Jose. Access to this fortress is via a natural tunnel through the rocks.

Benidorm by Drone

Viewing Benidorm by a drone shows the magnificence of this area. The ocean is a stunning blue-green; the eye never tires of it. Numerous apartments and hotels hug the beaches of Playa Poniente and Playa Levante. In between these seafronts lies the Canfali vantage point with the majestic Mal Pas cove at its foot. You can also see the energetic lights of theme parks. Benidorm has five of them. The Las Vegas-style Benidorm Palace can also be seen. The beautiful Villaitana golf course looks smaller than its actual two 18-hole golf courses. These landmarks invite you to come and play.

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