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Autumn in Oslo, Norway – Photo Essay

While the weather may not be the best in Autumn in Oslo, the changing of the seasons can be a photographers dream. These are our favourite photos.



Vigeland Park Autumn Colours Oslo

Oslo Autumn Colours Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park reflections.

While the weather may not be the best in Autumn in Oslo, the changing of the seasons can be a photographers dream. As we begin to rug up, hiding away from the elements, Mother Nature decides to tease us outdoors with one last hurrah.

Green leaves are speckled yellow, while red and orange fight it out to see who can hang on the longest. Even brown has never looked better than when splashed haphazardly through the trees. Huge expanses of grass are strewn with leaves, ready to be kicked by kids winter boots.

While we were out exploring Oslo with the Oslo Pass, the clouds overhead grey and gloomy, we managed to catch the last few days of Autumn before the branches shook themselves clean and slept the winter away.

Autumn in Oslo

Autumn in Oslo from Holmenkollen Ski Jump

The view of Oslo Fjord from Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

Oslo Fjord Autumn Colours

Sailing past the hundreds of Islands in Oslo Fjord.

Akershaus Castle in Autumn Oslo Norway

A guard marches atop Akershaus Castle battlements.

Autumn in Oslo from Akershus Castle

Oslo Harbour from Akershaus Castle.

Autumn in Oslo Akershus Castle

Strolling through the Akershaus Castle grounds.

Vigeland Park Statue Bridge Oslo Autumn

Baby statues line the Vigeland Park bridge.

Vigeland Park Autumn Colours Oslo

Vigeland Park in Autumn.

Oslo Norway Vigeland Park Autumn

Catching glimpses through the leaves in Vigeland Park.

Vigeland Park Oslo Statues Autumn

Statues in Vigeland Park.

Adela Vigeland Park Oslo Autumn Colours

Adela taking it slow in Vigeland Park.

Expert Travel Information for Autumn in Oslo:

Where to stay in Oslo?

We stayed at the luxurious Radisson Blu Scandinavian Hotel while traveling in Autumn in Oslo. It has an awesome breakfast buffet to save you some money. Find some Hotel deals it here.

What to do in Oslo?

We highly recommend getting hold of one of the Oslo Passes as they are the key to saving money in the worlds most expensive city. You should check out our Oslo Pass review to see our savings.

How to get to Oslo?

While you can fly with Ryanair to Oslo, they actually land 120kms away from the city center  This means it is an extra $120 return by bus. So we do recommend flying with someone else if you can.

Helpful Travel Guides to use in Oslo:


Disclaimer: We were provided with complimentary 72 Hour Oslo passes from the Visit Norway and Visit Oslo Tourism Boards. However, we would have brought them anyway because they are such good value. And as always our thoughts are our own.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Salika Jay

    November 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Beautiful photos, Cole! Love the colors of Autumn leaves.

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:40 AM

      It was wonderful to wander around the streets with all the trees changing colour! Magical time 😉

  2. Sal

    November 6, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Nice captures of how beautiful the autumn in Oslo. Norway’s one of the highest cost of living there. How was it?

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:42 AM

      Oslo wasn’t too bad actually, especially since we managed to use one of the Olso passes to save some cash! Check out our Oslo Pass review if you want.

  3. Laurence

    November 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Love the colours here you guys. Autumn has to be one of my favourite times of the year to take photos – and you’re really grabbing all the colours available to you in these shots 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:45 AM

      Wish it had been a little bit sunnier so we could get the blue sky contrasting a bit more. But we made do 😉

  4. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    November 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    I miss seasons! It’s only wet or dry down here in Central America….

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:45 AM

      At least you get dry. When we are stuck in Edinburgh it is only wet…

  5. Tim @ Marginal Boundaries

    November 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Beautiful 🙂

    Autumns are definitely my favorite season. It’s the one thing I miss here in Cancun, as the leaves don’t really change color! No true season shift here, just year-round tropical climate.

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:52 AM

      Haha are you complaining about that Tim? But I guess it would get a little bit boring if you are just hot all year 😉

  6. Luigi Cappel

    November 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Awesome photos! Tell me they aren’t photoshopped or touched up in some way. Those colours are stunning. I’ll settle for summer in Auckland right now though:)

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:53 AM

      We do use editing but we really did very little for these photos! The colours just popped like that in real life too 🙂

  7. Sophie

    November 7, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Autumn here is very wet and very pretty and you’ve really captured all the colours here. Very nice shots.

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:54 AM

      We were hoping for a bit more sunshine so we could get a contrast between the sky and the autumn colours, but seems like the grey storm clouds work just as well 😉

  8. Travis

    November 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Really enjoyed the post and the fantastic photos. I can’t wait to get up to Scandinavia in the future, it looks absolutely amazing. Love the blog!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:55 AM

      Thanks Travis for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the photos and the blog. We hope to explore more of Scandinavia next summer as well. So many adventures to do around there!

  9. D.J. - The World of Deej

    November 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Beautiful shots…one of the downsides of living in Florida is a total lack of autumn colors.

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 4:55 AM

      Haha so many of you have been complaining that the weather is too nice in parts of America and Central America 😉 I am sure you don’t mind too much!

  10. mridul gogoi

    November 8, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    Amazingly picture perfect! Stunning depiction of a riveting destination. You Guys Rock!!!!

  11. Tom

    November 8, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Beautiful, Cole. A lovely touch of Autumn – a beautiful time of the year!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      We were really lucky to get the colours. Just wish it was sunnier so we could get a bit more contrast. Looking forward to a white winter now!

  12. Therese

    November 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Beautiful photos from my home country. Thank you for showing how stunning this part of the world is. Therese

    • Cole Burmester

      November 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Thanks Therese for stopping by our blog. We loved it there 🙂

  13. Mary @Green Global Travel

    November 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Love the Vigeland Park photo!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Most of the photos are from around Vigeland Park actually Mary 😉

  14. rebecca

    November 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    wow stunning fall pictures enjoyed them, hope to visit Oslo one day

    • Cole Burmester

      November 9, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Just make sure you have saved up some money as it can be expensive 😉

  15. Clay

    November 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Fall colors are absolutely beautiful!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Oslo is definitely one of the best places to enjoy them from 😉

  16. Callie

    November 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Wow – those colors are unreal! Gorgeous!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Beautiful right! Can definitely recommend heading to Oslo in Autumn!

  17. Arti

    November 11, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Gorgeous! The colors and the scenes are just stunning!! Never experience such colors here in India as the winter is not that harsh. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      November 11, 2012 at 6:47 AM

      Europe is lucky that is has lots of changes in the seasons! But I do prefer being nice and warm in summer. Not like in Edinburgh 😉

  18. Turtle

    November 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I feel like your photos just get better and better every time I check out your site. These are some of the best I’ve ever seen on here. Awesome work!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 11, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Cheers Turtle. We discovered Lightroom and also got a few tips from Mr Finding the Universe which has helped a lot!

  19. Candice

    November 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Norway is one of the most stunning countries I have ever visited! It really blew me away. Now I want to go back in Autumn!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      We want to go in summertime so we can enjoy all the adventures! Was a bit chilly in autumn 😉

  20. Matthew Karsten

    November 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Pretty scenery! It’s always nice to be in an area with colorful leaves for the autumn months..

  21. Becky Padmore

    November 14, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Gorgeous photos, it looks so beautiful this time of year.

  22. Molly Yonderblog

    November 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Oslo looks beautiful! Norway is on our wish list of countries to visit!

  23. Nico

    November 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Some really great photos. Love how you’ve caught the changing colours of autumn.

  24. Red Hunt

    November 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Love these photos, finally a post that makes me want to return to Oslo! (I did not like it there, but had a dreary rainy 2 days….) The colours of the trees and liveliness of these pictures helps me see what I missed out on. Hooray!

  25. m. shad ashraf oni

    November 30, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    very very very nice.

  26. Angela

    December 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Lovely autumn shades!

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      We don’t get the beautiful autumn colours in NZ so these were perfect!

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5 European Cities to Visit in the Dead of Winter



As one of the most polarizing seasons, winter could be termed as both a blessing and a curse by those who like making the most out of nature.

After all, while it brings about the opportunity to build snowmen and to ski on magnificent ice slopes, it also brings a chill to the bone and a desire to never get away from the fireplace.

Don’t forget about the hot chocolate either.

That is why, when it comes to vacationing in winter, it gets quite difficult to choose from a location – especially when the destination is as diverse in climate as Europe. Do you select a place that’s sunny and warm? Or somewhere that lets you enjoy the ice and cold in the best ways possible?

To make that decision easier for you, here are 5 European cities that you could visit in the dead of winter, with the assurance that you would come out of the vacation phase with a smile on your face.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city that is synonymous with sunshine, warmth, and some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture.

The temperature rarely drops below 45 degrees even in the coldest months of the year. While the sunshine remains present amidst the rainy days. This means that you can enjoy the best effects of winter without having to endure the worst of them.

If you happen to be a fan of football, then these effects can be increased by several times. This beautiful city is home to one of the greatest football clubs of all time and with Barcelona FC in contention for a championship virtually every year, odds are you’ll be walking out with a smile on your face after watching a win. Not a bad way to take a break from the beach!

Athens, Greece

While you wouldn’t be able to go to Mount Olympus’ mythical version in this day and age, you can still experience Greece’s magnificence through the beautiful city of Athens.

Like Barcelona, Athens also sees rare drops in temperature while being consistent around 45 degrees throughout the heaviest months in winter. With the architecture that you can experience under the sun, this weather can actually be ideal for an exploratory walk.

And if you are a fan of Greek food, then checking out local restaurants for authentic dishes would only add to the overall experience of your trip.

Venice, Italy

Since Italy is full of some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, it would be quite debatable to say that Venice is the crown jewel of the country in terms of structural beauty.

But it is.

From the way that the city has been designed to the manner that the buildings have been developed, Venice remains a breathtaking sight for anyone who visits it.

That remains true even in the months of winter, where the does drop to around 30 degrees, but still provides the tourists and inhabitants with a way to enjoy the magnificent sights under the sun.

Zugspitze, Germany

Germany is considered to be one of the coldest countries in Europe, but it is a good thing for those who enjoy a bit of snow during their travels.

And for those who do, there are perhaps not many places that are as marvelous as Zugspitze in terms of a memorable winter experience.

With snow covered mountains and a temperature that dances around -14 degrees in winter, you can enjoy an array of winter sports such as skiing, sledding, and snowboarding to your heart’s desire. If you are one to enjoy snow and everything good there is about the season of winter, then Zugspitze is the place to go.

Marseilles, France

While Paris gets quite cold in winter without the weather enhancing any effects of life within the city, Marseille seems to be quite the opposite. The city is as lively in the winter as it is during its busiest days in summer, with plenty to do in adjacent areas.

You may visit the many architectural sites and tourist attractions in Marseilles itself, but you can add to that experience when you choose to visit the Christmas markets in Aix en Provence or Avignon.

With that, the many warm and steamy French soups and bouillon based dishes that you can enjoy in Marseilles only add to the trip. This means that by the time you are done with your visit to Marseilles, you are bound to be fed well, have some goods in your shopping bags, and some memorable pictures in your phone to boot.

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Even the Most Expensive Cities Have Cheaper Alternatives: Paris



According to the results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Oslo are the most expensive places to live – and visit – this year. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them, though – actually if your budget allows it, you should cross them off your bucket list as soon as you can. But this doesn’t mean you have to break all your piggy banks and sell your soul only to spend a weekend in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Unless you’re adamant that it’s “Paris or bust”, there are alternatives to this crowded and top-dollar destination you might want to consider – and start saving for your dream trip nonetheless.


Lyon has a history of almost two millennia, and it shows: the remains of the Roman settlement Lugdunum, built at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône, are showing to this day. Lyon might not be a capital city – it doesn’t have the size or the population – but its role in the everyday life of France was always important, both as a trade and a cultural hub.

The city has many gorgeous sights to see, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Tour Métallique (a tall TV tower that replicates the top of the Eiffel Tower), among others, covering every age from the birth of the city to its modern times. Plus, it has museums, parks, gardens, and a street art group that has been designated the cultural ambassador for the city. Not to mention its cuisine, the unique and popular Lyonnaise cuisine that has become a worldwide sensation.


A relatively small city in the north of France, Lille is another charming alternative to a crowded and overpriced Paris. It features many distinct architectural styles, most of them with a clear Flemish influence. Among its landmarks, you find its Cathedral (Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille), its Citadel, its palaces, and gardens. Lille is also the place with the biggest flea market in Europe – Braderie de Lille takes place on the first Sunday of September, with millions of attendees and over 10,000 sellers gathering in the streets of the city. It’s a charming, agreeable, and colorful city that will offer its visitors a beautiful experience.


Last but not least, let us mention a city with a double significance – on one hand, it’s the official seat of the European Parliament, on the other, it’s a wonderful place to visit and a great alternative to an overcrowded Paris.

Strasbourg is a place where French and German architecture mingle in a unique way, with an Old Town filled with timber-framed houses surrounding typical French landmarks and churches. It also has many notable parks, some with historic significance, and almost too many museums for its small size. Plus, it’s a distinctively multicultural city where visitors will find it easy to fit in.

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Let’s Do A Road Trip In Europe Fin



Its that time of year again. It is the holidays and vacation, mirth and much merriment is upon us. Those of us who are lucky are able to take a few days to a few weeks off for vacation and can enjoy it abroad or do a staycation. A trip abroad is probably preferred, there’s so much to see and do, it would a pity to while the days away in your own hometown.

Get a move on, grab your bags, get a ticket and jump on a plane to Europe. When you get there, rest for a bit and begin your road trip. Nothing beats traveling on the road and taking all the sights that nature has to offer while stopping by at different locations.

Remember, a road trip can be very feasible and pleasant if it is done right. Make sure to have your car inspected, checked and ready to go for a long distance road trip.

You’ll want to make sure that you have your oil checked and your tires as well. Proper tires from suppliers such as Kwik Fit will get you squared away and ready to hit the road.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go


One of the top places that you’ll want to go is in Austria. There’s this little spot called Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, this spot is one that is talked about by road trip aficionados of all kinds.

The Grossglockner is the opposite of what it sounds like, it’s not gross at all, it’s quite pleasant actually.  The path will take you through different sights ranging from mountain tops to rivers, to rock formations and more. What’s fun about this place is that you will also be able to have different changes in the road itself, it is not just one straight path but one that is filled with turns and changes to keep you from getting bored.

Italy and the Amalfi Coast

Italy is a place that won’t disappoint, it has food, culture, and history to keep you company. Italy also has beautiful sights all over too. One of the best places to drive through would be the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast has everything you could possibly want, beaches, cliffs, and beautiful fishing villages. The place is not only beautiful in nature but in culture as well. One can check out the Cathedrals, Villa Rufolo, engage in some boat tours for a quick respite from their road trip and also view the Sirenuse from afar.

Portugal – The Estoril Coast

Drive from Italy, pass by countries such as France, Spain and reach the destination of Portugal. You will find the climate and the overall setting over here to be appealing.  On your way to this beautiful place, make sure to check out popular spots such as Lisbon and other prominent locations such as Sintra. The Estoril Coast was home to the nobility of ages past and even to those that we see as nobility today, celebrities, wealthy people and tourists with a couple of euros or dollars to their name stop by this place and immerse themselves in the manmade and natural attractions that this place has to offer.

Don’t Hesitate, Time Stands Still For No One

Time is slipping, check out budget and look into which part of Europe you want to stick to. Make the decision and take the trip, it will be a great refreshment and you will be glad you were able to have the experience. Take a few snapshots and indulge in the experience of #RoadtripsofEurope

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