Adoration 4 Adventure’s 1-day budget itinerary for Oslo, Norway.
Oslo is considered to be on of the most expensive cities in the world to visit. But that shouldn’t put you off. It is well worth the trip and was one of my favorite stops in Scandinavia.
It is possible to travel here economically, and I am going to show you how, so you don’t have to miss out on seeing the Norwegian capital.
Following is my recommendations for 24 hours in Oslo on a budget. If you have more time, consider using your 24-hour public transport pass to go island hopping.
Damstredet and Telthusbakken
The story goes that once there was a big fire in Oslo and after that, new buildings were forbidden from being built in the city center with wood. So now there are only two roads on the outskirts of the center with these cute wooden houses dating back to the 1700s.
See street art in Ingens Gate
The alternative area of Ingens Gate has some incredible street art and nice bars along the side of the river. It is so much fun to walk around and spot all the different types of murals and sculptures.
There is also the colorful building, Hausmania, referred to as a former “squat house” and is a self-governed cultural center run by artists.
Eat like a local
For my one day in Oslo, I ate at a Taco truck for lunch. Before you laugh, I said “eat like a local”, not “eat local food”. And according to my Couchsurfing host, Øyvind, Taco Fridays are basically an institution in Oslo. In fact, according to research, tacos are the most popular choice of meal for Norwegians on Friday nights. So we decided to hit a local food truck and try the Norweigenien version of Mexican food.
Food trucks can be a great option if you are looking for a cheaper meal. In terms of inexpensive traditional food, my host recommended Restaurant Schröder. Here you can eat reindeer patties, meatballs, and smoked meat sausage.
Keep in mind, that no matter where you choose to eat, you will probably have a hard time finding anything for less than 100 NOK, which is around €10, unless you go to a supermarket and make it yourself.
Den Norske Opera and Ballet
The Olso Opera House is a striking white building with amazing views of the city center and the islands in the inner Oslo Fjord. The structure has small steps, which blend in due to the white color, so be careful when walking around as it is easy to trip.
The Viking Ship Museum
There are a few museums to choose from in Oslo, including the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Viking Ship, Kon-Tiki, and Fram Museum. The last two are specifically about sea exploration, and all are in the same area which is easily reached by bus.
I chose the Viking Ship Museum because it was recommended by other people who had visited before. Inside the museum are about 4-5 remains of Viking ships, 2 of which have their full hull intact. In addition to this are artifacts and a beautiful light show.
The museum is small, especially considering the entrance price (100 NOK), however, if you are interested in Viking history, it is worth checking out.
Budget breakdown: Oslo
All costs are quoted for one person and in the local currency (NOK). See below for the average daily spend per person including currency conversion to USD and AUD. I always try to find and negotiate the best prices to share with my readers. If you know of a better deal, tell me about it in the comments below.
Accommodation: For the one night that I spent in Oslo, I was accepted by a Couchsurfing host. Read how to Couchsurf like a champion: Host, surf, make new friends and save money.
Food: For breakfast, I had toast and coffee in the apartment of my Couchsurfing host. Bottle of water (26 NOK). Lunch of 2 burritos and a coke to share with my Couchsurfing host (235 NOK). Dinner and snacks of bread, chocolate spread and biscuits purchased from the supermarket (25 NOK).
Activities: Entrance to the Viking Ship Museum (100 NOK).
Transport: Airport train from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to the center (93 NOK), one-way tram ticket (32 NOK), 24-hour public transport pass (90 NOK).
Average daily spend: 601 NOK ($71.75 USD and $94.30 AUD as of 8 July 2017) does not include fees for using public toilets which can cost up to 40 NOK and sometimes can only be paid by card.
*This daily amount could be reduced by skipping the museums and buying the 24-hour public transport ticket. These can be purchased from Narvesen kiosks, 7-11, Deli Deluca, and the public transport information center next to the central station. I made the mistake of purchasing a single ticket first, not realizing that I would be using the tram repeatedly.
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