Norway? Yes Way! My Oslo Odyssey21:43:00
This time last week, we were loving life in Oslo
The trip was my birthday present and I had been counting down the days since December until I jetted off to the capital of Norway. I'm not much of a resort-holiday-kind-of-guy; I'd much rather be pounding the streets of a city than getting sand in places it shouldn't.
I've had a long love affair with the Scandinavian countries, the style, the culture, the design and the stories all speak to me.
Despite being a bit of a hoarder, I secretly wish I had that pared back look that comes to mind when you think of Norwegian style. Functional design with unrivalled craftsmanship.
(I'm also a bit of a mythology geek, I remember one of my favourite books as a kid was a book of Norse mythology)
|draw me like one of your french girls|
We headed to the Vulkan complex for a bite and a nosey, the complex itself is a mix of shops and restaurants in the middle of an industrial estate, centred around a huge indoor food market offering a wide selection of traditional and modern Norwegian fare.
Be advised, food can be quite expensive even for the most modern of meals and alcohol is even pricier. 2 spirits and mixers will set you back just under £20...
Oslo itself is relatively compact, most areas can be walked to in less than 30 minutes but the city boasts a great tram and bus system if you're not feeling that pedestrian. I recommend packing a pair of comfortable trainers and get exploring, I find you always see so much more of a city on foot.
|Ode To Osaka installation in the Oslo Museum of Architecture.|
The internal structure literally breathes, expanding into the room; filtering out external pollutants.
I'd highly recommend picking up an Oslo Pass, this little ticket will allow free entry to many museums and galleries in the city AND it allows free use of public transport. We bought 48hr passes which cost around £50 each. This might seem steep, but most museums have an entry charge between £8-10.
|Caelan is wearing a Farah short-sleeve Oxford shirt courtesy of House of Fraser|
- Must See
Vigeland Museum This sculpture park is a vast garden filled with the works of celebrated Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland.
Oslo Opera House Whether you are a culture vulture or not, the Oslo Opera House is an amazing piece of architecture. It also has an open roof that offers great views of the city and surrounding fjord.
My trip was over all too soon but we are already planning our next Scandinavian trip. Copenhagen anyone?