Norway is the beautiful but kind of strange country, where you can find the strangest of foods, parks crowded with naked statues and the most beautiful views.
It is also one of the most expensive cities we’ve been to… You think Denmark is expensive? Then go to Oslo Norway and you will laugh at the mere thought of it, in Oslo you can experience first hand what expensive really means. 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.
Oslo Norway Travel VIDEO
On our way to Oslo, we stopped over for two days in my hometown Gothenburg Sweden.
Having the luxury of home-cooked meals, catching up with friends and a foot-bath was well needed.
I hadn’t realized just how badly my feet had been treated until my mother made that ”worried” remark about my blistered feet.
Those are things you really don’t have time to think about when you’re traveling, and getting those small every-day luxuries made me long for some time in one place.
Oslo was next on the agenda. It was pretty, small and had beautiful nature – which pretty much seems to sum up the whole of Norway.
I’ve never seen any other part of Norway, and I’m dying to see the fjords and northern parts of Norway. I will make sure I get to see it within a year.
For some reason we saw more homeless people and druggies than in other parts of Scandinavia.
A bad place to be if you have no money, it’s pretty much double the prices of Sweden – and that in itself says something about the costs!
Oslo Norway – Expensive And Lots Of Swedish People!
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.
It was small, cute and nice, but I have a very strong feeling that the country side of Norway, places like Bergen and Stavanger – are completely different and amazing.
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
Every second person you’ll meet working in a supermarket, shop, restaurant or hotel – 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.
Here are 4 quirky things About Norway we learned
During our month in the woods of Norway we learned a lot about the beautiful country and its proud people – some things were exactly as we had expected (such as the overload of Swedish workers), while other things surprised us.
Norwegians are happy – even when they’re not.
Norwegians sound like they are constantly in a good mood – they even sound (and look) happy when they are mad, although that doesn’t seem to happen very often, as they tend to ‘look on the bright side of life’. A common saying in Norway is that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing (det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!) – which proves just how optimistic and outdoorsy they are.
Cash is overrated.
In Norway, we never saw anyone paying with cash – anywhere…And pretty soon we stopped too – it’s the closest we’ve experinced to a country with a cashless society – you can pay with your credit card everywhere, even in the public toilets..!
Simple things get complicated.
A friend of Nathan’s told us about the two years he spent living in northern Norway, and how people there seemed to get very stressed despite having so little to do. This is something we found equally true where we lived.
As soon as something is slightly out of routine, they don’t know how to deal with it – so they simply choose not to deal with it at all, hoping that everything somehow, sometime, will work out by itself.
They have an interesting attitude to life, which can be described as “if we don’t do it today, we’ll do it tomorrow”. I also have the feeling that they suffer from the same habit like us Swedes of the need to have “meetings” all the time – only to never quite come to a decision anyway.
The sun sets all day.
What struck us the most in Norway was how the sun looked like it was about to set the entire day – always low, and always orange. This had a strange effect on the landscape, which by the way was already pretty odd in itself – the nature with its endless rolling hills and winding river was beautiful, but had an eery vibe over it. Skiing from the top of the mountain kind of gave you the impression that you were skiing on a different planet.