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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.

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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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46 Comments

  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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Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

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Trekking through the valleys of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with Middle Earth Travel feels more like the set of a Star Wars movie than a historical region once carved out and lived in by humans. Churches, homes and pigeon houses are scattered throughout the valleys, all waiting to be explored. The best part is, Middle Earth Travel know all the hidden secrets.

Standing at the top of Cappadocia

Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

On the 26th of July (which just so happens to be my birthday!) Middle Earth Travel took us on their private and guided Top of Cappadocia day trek. From Pasabag, along the top of Cappadocia and down through the Gulludere Rose Valley to Goreme, we trekked 15kms in one day! (We recommend getting your bearings with this map)

Upon arrival to the Middle Earth Offices, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Atil whom we had met a few days earlier while mountain biking through the Kizilcukur Red Valley. We were then introduced to our guide and given a briefing regarding the day. Normally, the Top of Cappadocia tour would start from Çavuşin, however, since we had already explored Çavuşin Castle, they adapted our tour to compensate ensuring we would explore new terrain!

With charged cameras, plenty of water and our running shoes on, we were driven to our starting point of Pasabag. We wandered through the fairy chimneys, coming across camels and markets – then the true hike began.

Pasabag in Cappadocia

The police station in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

It was a slow and gentle incline. With no trees to provide shade, I quickly realised why our tour guide had chosen to wear fully covered clothing! As the sweat quickly set in (a waterfall in Moss’s case) we snapped away with our cameras and enjoyed the entertaining shapes of Imagine Valley and the amazing view. We also passed a lot of rock piles, which according to our guide mean ‘father’ and are built to help lead the way.

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Middle Earth Travel, Cappadocia

Making our way to the top of Cappadocia

Father leading the way (rock pile)

Father leading the way (rock pile)

The higher we trekked, the more breath taking the views became! As we walked along the summit of Bozdag mountain (the Top of Cappadocia) we could see EVERTHING – Pasabag, Çavuşin Castle, Kizilcukur Red Valley, Gulludere Rose Valley and Goreme. We were on the Father of Valleys! After a quick nod of agreement to the guide, we pushed ourselves the extra distance and made our way to the flag, as this HAD to be the highest point and was definitely worth a photo and a selfie or two!

View from the top of Cappadocia

View from the top of Cappadocia

Flag at top of Cappadocia

From the flag we looked down upon Aktepe Hill which is known as a popular destination for watching the sun set and could spot Kizilvadi Restaurant, our destination for lunch! Kizilvadi Restaurant is an attraction of its own. With its own historic winery and Grape church, plus some Middle Earth Travel treks even stay there for the night! After having a massive feed of soup, salad and pasta plus a surprise birthday cake, we made our way down into Gulludere Rose Valley.

Kizilvadi Restaurant

Kizilvadi Restaurant

The scenery is amazing, with strong colours visible in perfect layers on the chimneys, you would wonder what an artist was thinking, had it been a painting. Also, hidden to the side of the track we walked across a little bridge and not expecting anything to be there we were wowed by the massive church carved. It was absolutely huge and hard to believe that its most recent use has been as a pigeon house!

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Church in Gulludere Rose Valley

Hard to believe this Church is carved inside a fairy chimney!

Middle Earth Travel Review

  • The team at Middle Earth Travel were extremely knowledgeable and certainly know Cappadocia’s hidden secrets. They have friendships with local tea garden owners which is also of benefit as it gained us entry to locked churches and hidden rooms that we would not have otherwise seen.
  • We covered a lot of ground, however we did not feel rushed. The whole day focused on showing us the region, therefore we had as much time as we needed to explore each church and to take ‘just one more photo’.
  • It wasn’t all about trekking. With a whole day and 15kms to cover, there were a few silly poses (especially in Imagine Valley), and we learnt a lot about the myths, legends and way of life in Cappadocia.
  • In conclusion I highly recommend Middle Earth Travel if you wish to go trekking or mountain biking in Cappadocia.
  • Cost: Day treks with Middle Earth Travel range from 50-90 euro, depending on the number of people taking part. This includes lunch, guide, vehicle transfers and entrance fees to historical sites, but excludes alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Middle Earth Travel are outdoor enthusiasts and offer multi-day over night treks, mountain biking, abseiling, or custom made itineraries, in multiple regions throughout Turkey.
  • www.middleearthtravel.com

Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the trek with Middle Earth Travel, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.

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Amsterdam Food Guide

If you think of Amsterdam you don’t think of food. However if you try the food here in our Amsterdam food guide you might get lucky.

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Amsterdam Food Waffles

We are total foodies and our travelling has allowed our passion for food to grow considerably (not to mention our waist lines)!  We love trying new food when we visit foreign countries and always make a huge effort to eat the local cuisine. Check out some of the food we ate below in our cheap and delicious Amsterdam Food Guide.

Amsterdam Food Waffles

We had heard from a number of people that the Amsterdam food was nothing to rave about. To be honest food was not really our main interest in visiting but then again neither was an Amsterdam Peep show and we ended up enjoying that!

However we were pleasantly surprised. I think the people whom we had talked to had it wrong. Sure Holland doesn’t really have a local cuisine but once we got over this fact we realised there is still some damn good food to be had from the various Amsterdam Restaurants.

Amsterdam Food

The best meal we had was actually next door to the Red Light district in Chinatown. Crossing the canal to the east away from the neon lights your nostrils are attacked and your mouth begins salivating from the delicious smells wafting along the narrow cobbled streets.

As we walked into Bird Thai restaurant the enticing aroma hit us instantly leaving us drooling in anticipation. It was definitely up there with some of the best Thai food we have had. We went for the classic Green curry, fried rice and duck combo.

The Green curry was so flavoursome with the richness of the coconut milk blending perfectly with the traditional spices.  The duck was cooked to perfection and for the first few minutes of the meal all you could hear was the crunching of the crispy outside layer as we devoured the duck in minutes. Needless to say the fried rice was a taste explosion too!

Cheap and delicious Amsterdam food is easy to come by. With hangovers and munchies affecting your hunger it is no surprise that there are an abundance of Fast Food chains and takeaways in Amsterdam. In fact it was actually more the way that the fast food was served that surprised us as you could buy it out of massive vending machines at Febo!

Amsterdam Food Febo

Hidden workers stand behind the vending machines churning out burgers, fries and sausage rolls so all you has to do is insert a Euro and “hey presto” you have a hot meal in your hungry hands.

Then there were the frites stores which seemed to be on every corner. The first thing you noticed about these was the tantalising smell. There is nothing like the smell of chips straight out of the fryer and covered in salt to get you tummy rumbling. Served in a triangle cardboard carton and covered in mayo which meant that that you couldn’t reach the chips at the bottom without covering your greedy fingers in sauce. Just a tad annoying!

But there is nothing like hot chips to warm you up on a cold day.

Finally, while hot chocolates are not typically food I feel they still deserve a mention especially because the usually come paired with waffles! Ahhhh the perfect breakfast.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate

We loved nipping into a cafe or bar like Cafe Bar Eddy in Amsterdam to warm ourselves up with a hot chocolate. It literally tasted like they had melted chocolate down and added cream. Heaven in a cup. And the choice of waffles was daunting as you could have whatever you wanted. Fruit, chocolate, syrups, cream or all of the above!

If you are heading here then don’t expect to find an array of traditional Amsterdam food. Instead treat yourself to a hot chocolate and waffle for breakfast, grab a quick bite from a vending machine and sample some of the different cuisines found near the Red Light District.

If you stick to this Amsterdam food guide then your taste buds will have a great holiday too!

If you have visited before then what did you think of Amsterdam food?

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Check out our guide for the first timer in Amsterdam visiting a coffeeshop.

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Before getting started I just want to clarify that we are not drug users. We don’t condone using illegal drugs. And we are not telling you to go and smoke weed in Amsterdam. BUT, our goal of this travel blog is to help advise, educate and provide travel tips for ALL situations. So if you are headed to Amsterdam then we hope our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam will help you out.

And check out this smoker friendly accommodation for your next trip.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam Coffeeshop

When you tell people that you are visiting Amsterdam then they immediately think of one thing and one thing only. Weed. Dope. Herb. Buds. Spliff. Whacky Tobbacky. Pot. Marijuana. Cannabis. 

Call it what you will but just know that the biggest name for it is “ILLEGAL”.

Yes it is actually illegal to smoke weed in Amsterdam. But for now the Netherlands government do tolerate smoking in designated “coffeeshops”. This is slowly changing as the Government tries to moderate the tourism drug trade and in 2013 there will be new laws which we won’t go in to now as they are continuously changing.

In the meantime if you obey the rules, are not a moron and use our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam then you are going to be fine.

Smoke weed in Amsterdam

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t smoke weed in Amsterdam in public such as on the streets. There are over 300 designated coffee shops where you are tolerated to smoke weed. These places are regulated and everything is done in the open.

Don’t get confused and try to smoke in a koffiehuis (coffee house) which sells coffee and light meals or a café that is a casual restaurant and/or bar.

The coffeeshops are super easy to spot with marijuana leaves in the windows and Bob Marley paintings on the doors. Not to mention the smell wafting through the cold breeze. There will also be the usual tourists that have stupidly over-indulged and are glassy eyed.

We visited one of the five Bulldog coffeeshops when we were in Amsterdam and had no complaints. We even enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate while we were there!

Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Buying weed in Amsterdam

As long as you are over 18 then you will be allowed to buy up to 5 grams of weed in the regulated coffeeshops. Plus you have the added security knowing that your marijuana is not going to be laced with anything else if you are attempting to buy it off someone on the street. And who knows, they might be setting you up to get busted.

We were (and are) total amateurs and had no idea what to do once we actually stepped foot in the coffeeshop. But quickly sussed it out. There will generally be a “dealer bar” with full menu’s and everything for you to choose. So if you are an expert you will probably know what to order! Prices will of course vary by quantity (grams, bags, individual joints) and quality.

For a beginner ask lots of questions. Don’t be shy like we were. Ask the staff what they recommend and what effects each type has. They will know then that you are a newbie and will guide you. Just know that they are very accustomed to tourists who don’t know exactly how to go about the whole process.

What we found out is that it is actually perfectly fine for you to visit other coffeeshops and smoke weed that you have already purchased somewhere else. However, it is considered rude not to at least buy a hot chocolate or coffee if you do this. Coffeeshops do also have some of the best coffee in Amsterdam.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t be an idiot

Number 1 rule: Don’t smoke too much weed in Amsterdam! Even if you are a pot loving hippie from a commune you are probably going to find the marijuana really strong in Amsterdam. Just take it slow.

If you are enjoying a drink as well then again take it easy with the booze. All the coffeshops won’t sell you beer as well as cannabis.

EAT! Don’t go drinking and smoking on an empty stomach as cannabis lowers your blood sugar level and this can turn a fun day into a disaster if you haven’t eaten recently. Check out our Amsterdam Food Guide for some quick eating tips here.

A final word of warning, please watch out for the spacecake! Eating cannabis will knock you on your ass and is much stronger than when smoked.

Finally, enjoy yourselves and for goodness sake obey the rules, laws and customs while you are smoking weed in Amsterdam.

If you have an addiction to drugs then reach out and seek some help.

Check out these Weed Products for your next travel adventure.

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