A Trip to Norway - Preparations
Started this post as a place to keep my notes before the Oslo trip. Part 2 will have the actual experiences. I wonder how much of this prep work will prove to be useful! I think I’ll find out soon.
I use GiffGaff in the UK and found in a thread in their forum that I can use it exactly the same way in Norway. As having an Internet connection at all times in a city that I’ve never been before is crucial I hope that really works. Otherwise I’ll have to buy a SIM card first thing in the first morning.
Norway still uses their own currenty (Norwegian Krones). 1 Streling Pound is about 11 Krones. I bought enough Krones in cash from Post Office in case my card doesn’t work in Oslo.
I decided to get a affoardable (a.k.a. cheap) hotel as I don’t plan to spend too much time in the hotel anyway.
Looks like it’s in a central place and it has good reviews so hope it will be fine:
For airport transfers I found a site called FlyToGet. They also have an iOS app. The idea is to buy a ticket from within the app. Based on the map above it looks very close to my hotel so should be a much better alternative for taxi. I hope I can catch one.
Assuming I made it to Oslo, I had to plan what to do in the city as well. Oslo Pass looks like a great option especially if you haven’t planned out every minute if your trip.
It comes in 24, 48 and 72 hour plans. 72 hour works great for me as that’s the exact duration of my stay.
It comes with an app. Buying the pass and activating it can be all done within the app. It seems it also covers public transportation so one of the first things I’ll do is enable it.
Places to visit
I think once I start exploring the city, finding places to visit shouldn’t be too hard. As a loose guide I found these places to visit:
- Viking Ship museum
- National museum
- Vigeland Sculpture Park
- Akershus Fortress
- Munch Museum
- Royal Palace
- The Museum of Cultural History
- Fram Museum
- Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum
- Oslo Cathedral
- City Hall (Rådhuset)
- Aker Brygge
- Natural History Museum & Botanical Gardens
- Oslo Opera House and Annual Music Festivals
In addition to these I’ll also look into some comdey clubs (must be in English though), rock bars and some metal concerts. It would be a shame leaving Norway without seeing a death metal show!
- Hard Rock Cafe Oslo
- Revolver rock bar