I’ll probably get a lot of people disagreeing with me on this, and maybe I’m totally wrong to say it – but Oslo didn’t leave much of an impression on me.
I can hardly wait to organize a trip to Bergen, Tromsö and the fjords, but Oslo?
Well, this time it was a bit of a lukewarm experience, which is ok, you don’t have to love every place you visit.
There really was nothing wrong about the city, but for some reason it failed to leave much of an impression on me, although there were a few things which really did stick out:
Experience REALLY Expensive For The First Time
You think Denmark is expensive? Go to Oslo! In Oslo you can experience first hand what expensive really feels like.
I never thought I would say “let’s wait to buy that until we get to Sweden”, as prices were pretty much half there.
Yes, Sweden is cheap compared to Norway.
A local bus ride through town would cost you 40 NOK (7 dollars), and a take away pizza 246 NOK, 44 US dollars!
I don’t know how all the homeless people made it through, it would have to be the worst place to be with no money.
Understandably it’s not that easy finding cheap hotels in Oslo, but there are a few cheap hostels around and we made it through by avoiding eating out every night.
Every Second Person Is Swedish
According to the Swedish media (I don’t know myself if this is true), many young Norwegians don’t want these types of jobs, and meanwhile tons of Swedish people move to Norway and take any job available to save some money.
It was crazy to see how many Swedish people lived here, and I can’t quite understand why.
Yes, you earn more money, but you also spend a lot more – so in the end, doesn’t it even out?
The Closeness To Nature
Oslo is surrounded by green pine forest, blue ocean and the typical Scandinavian red houses with white corners, it’s easy to get out of the city and experience more of the landscape that Norway is famous for, which was great.
I will definitely return to Norway, hopefully soon, but next time I want to see what Norway is actually famous for, and see if it lives up to its rumors of being the most beautiful country in the world…
Have you been to Oslo? What were your impressions and experiences?