Winter is coming, literally! If you live in Europe like me, as this season aproaches it gets harder to escape to a warm place because the prices will skyrocket so there is no way out other than to embrace the cold. But that doesn’t mean you shouldnt travel. For this reason I present you Oslo, a perfect citybreak to visit best in the autumn season, to wander around and watch the leaves changes it’s colors as to learn about the vikings history visiting their great museums not forgetting the fantastics cuisine that evolves around fresh seafood hence, the salmon.
I know Oslo is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. But fear not, it is possible to visit the country without spending so much, what really helps is to buy an Oslo Pass as soon as you arrive as some of the public transport is included together with the most popular museums and attractions.
So now that you know that is possible to visit Oslo in a budget, check out what to do.
The Opera house is an attraction itself – located on the shore of the oslofjord this massive marble white and modern building allows you to walk on its rooftop; being the first and only opera building ever that grant that! Furthermore as the name says: here is where the opera and ballets are presented and on the summer time it becomes a big hit with the locals to sit on the roof to enjoy the sun and I can imagine what a landscape to admire!
Opening hours: Varies by season Fee: 20% discount with the Oslo Pass or 100 NOK
The Viking Ship Museum
For the history lovers (or the fans of the tv show Vikings he he…) this museum is a must see! As the vikings were known for their maritime skills (and violence ofcourse), most of their weapons and survival tools are displayed as their most famous boats – needles to say they are the eyecatchers of the museum.
Opening Hours: May/Sep 9am – 6pm, Oct/April 10am – 4pm Fee: Free with Oslo Pass or 60 NOK
Another museum evolving around a ship, the Fram was a boat used for expedictions to the polar hemisphere. As you will walk around it you will be taking on a journey of all those expeditions registered in photos, films and later on you can actually check the boat itself from its interior. I found this museum very child friendly as there are many little games that keep everyone entertained. Most peculiar museum I’ve ever been to.
Opening Hours: Varies by season Fee: Free with Oslo Pass or 60 NOK
Oh this park, what to say! It was our favorite spot in Oslo. We were there in the beginning of the autumn season so it was so stunning to see the leaves change its colors and having as background all those statues, because this park is known for its exorbitant statues. Famous local artist, Gustav Vigeland created 216 statues that should portrait the daily life of the norwegian people, some are very playful and it can become a very nice selfie. I know some people might think why visit a park in a cold period but I tell you do not miss to take a look at this place no matter the season!
Located next to the city hall and in the hills next to the sea, Akerhus is a big fortres which is now a place often used to hold major events such as concerts, cerimonies and public holiday celebration and people like to wander here because you can get a great view of the city.
Opening Hours: May/Sep 10am – 4pm; Oct/Apr 12pm – 5pm; Fee: Free with Oslo Pass or 70 NOK.
Along with many museum options to visit, the city itself has a lot to offer! Stroll around and you will stumble in pretty historic and colorful architecture always surrounded by beautiful green (or orange) bosques. Take for example the Royal Palace or the building that holds the Noble Peace Prize every single year among many more!
I know, a weekend sounds too short to see all, and it is but you still can enjoy the most of it as we eventually did!