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Oslo - Norway


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My friend Dale and I went on a weekend away mission to Oslo in Norway. The flights were a bargain with Ryanair offering them at £1 one way and £10 the other! Awesomeness! We stayed at the Thon Hotel Astoria which was a nice hotel reasonibly priced near the city centre.

The best value thing we found was the daily travel cards, especially if you were using the ferrys which would otherwise be 35Kr each. The card was 65Kr for the day which was good value we thought.

It was not at all like I thought though from a weather perspective. I was expecting to see dark clouds rain and cold from this Scandinavian country but in fact it was very hot! The forecast before we left said it was going to be 26DEG but this was the iPhones terribly unreliable forecast values and not really the true heat which was over 30Deg according to a local we were chatting to on the Tube.

Student discount cards come in very handy in Oslo with most of the museums offer student discount and I have a sneaky suspicion that I could have got a cheaper travel card as well but not speaking Norwegian I didn't want to chance it from the machine and then end up with a 75Kr fine from not having the right ticket!

We went to the Museum island which had the famous viking ship museum and the FRAM museum. These were both well worth the visit with the Fram museum having lots of details about Arctic and Antarctic exploration by the Norwegians. Not to mention housing the highly impressive Fram boat.

My favorite sight in Norway was the Park filled with sculptures. It was really nice and made better by the fantastic weather. There were skatboarders and young men doing Parkou on the statues and railings. We had a laugh doing some poses with the statues which they dont seem to mind you climbing over. There was also a large fountain filled with freezing water. This made a nice refreshing dip during the extreme heat.

Dale and I decided to set a challenge up to see who could hold their feet into the cold water for longest. I managed a solid 10mins (the max time) sadly Dale was not quite as successful and managed a 4 minute record. Dale did however redeem himself when it came to the plunging exercise. Day two and it was even hotter! The sky was totally clear and after finishing off the last of our sightseeing we decided to head back to the park as it was our favourite place. We deicded to challenge ourselves to plunge our bodies into the water up to neck deep. This was REALLY cold and we both succedded in doing the plunge twice once for the camera and once for personal amusement.

The flights were all on time and I managed to get my passport stamped both ends of Norway!

Posted by LizaBrooks 09:47 Archived in Norway Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

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