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Study break: Oh, Oslo!

If you’re an international student in Bergen, chances are you’d like to take some time while you’re in Norway to do some additional exploring. Perhaps you’d even like to take a peek at Norway’s largest city, Oslo. If you’re looking for a bigger city feel, and you’d like to make the journey, Oslo is well worth a trip.

 

imageOslo’s street cats ūüėČ Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

 

Get there!

Air-o-plane

Of course you can fly to Olso -and if that’s your plan keep your eye out for deals on airfare, because sometimes it can be surprisingly high. In my searches, it seemed like ~kr¬†798.05 or below was a great deal that should be purchased immediately. When I look at flights, I tend to search around using Kayak, looking at actual airline websites, and then eventually concluding that I find the best deals using, sigh, of course:

Google flights

The trip takes about 3-4 hours (taking into account Flybussen, “Flytoget” the airport train into Oslo, getting to the airport early enough to go through security, etc). But the flight itself is amazingly short, 55 minutes total – much less in the air!

 

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Olso has art! Damien Hirst’s¬†exhibit at the¬†Astrup Fearnley Museet. Photo: Stand Hiestand¬†

 

 

Train

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Sentrum and you don’t mind a longer journey (more time to do schoolwork, relax, and check out what’s claimed by some sources to be “the most exciting and beautiful train ride in the world“) you might consider taking the train. It can be quite inexpensive¬†if you find minipris tickets (the lowest minipris tickets I see are kr 249 each way), and because you don’t have to take Flybussen¬†(kr¬†130 for a roundtrip student ticket) or¬†Flytoget¬†(kr 180 for a roundtrip student ticket), you may find you save a bit compared to flying.

The journey by train takes more time, about 6.5 to 7.5 hours.

 

imageGr√ľnerl√łkka, a hip Oslo neighborhood, has much to recommend it. And, am I¬†obsessed¬†with¬†street art? It would appear so. Photo: Stand Hiestand

Sleep!

I highly recommend making friends with people in Bergen who later move to Oslo¬†or couples of whom half live in Oslo and half in Bergen, because if you’re lucky, they might want you to come visit! I am this type of lucky, and I did not have to worry about accommodation. If I was not lucky in this way, I would probably try to find an airbnb or youth hostel in Oslo to try to keep accomodation costs down.

 

imageMore of¬†Damien Hirst’s¬†art¬†for you(Astrup Fearnley Museet), we are being cultured in this post!¬†Photo: Stand Hiestand¬†

Do stuff!

Oslo is a city! There is stuff to do in cities! There are plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, historic sties, and parks to explore in Olso, whatever suits your taste. ¬†Here’s a few of the things I’ve checked out in Oslo¬†:

  IMG_2012Vigeland Sculpture Park. Photo: Stand Hiestand

imageThe Viking Ship Museum. Photo: Stand Hiestand

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Munch’s Scream. The National Gallery. Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

Get the places to do the stuff!

An easy way to get all the tickets you need for NSB local trains and Ruter public transit (buses and more) in Oslo is the RuterBillett app.

Get yourself some maps, here:

Ruter route maps

imageDon’t get yourself lost on the streets of Oslo… use a map. Photo: Stand Hiestand

Don’t go broke!

Check out some advice for Oslo on a budget.


Have any of your own tips and suggestions? Have questions? Comment below!

 

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