Welcome to the first (and last) stop on our trip to Norway, the happiest country on earth (literally voted as such by the 2017 World Happiness Report.) I am so excited to share my trip tips and hopefully inspire you to one day experience Norway for yourself.
First things first, lets talk about how inexpensive it was to travel to Norway. Our tickets, which were round trip, non-stop tickets out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, only cost us $450.00 each! We visited Norway at the end of May, which provided us with excellent weather and the ability to witness all the great sights Norway has to offer without sharing the experience with a bunch of other tourists. Head over to my favorite flight finder website, Skyscanner, in order to find the best deals for your future trip to Norway!
Okay let's talk about Oslo...
Even though Oslo was our first stop (which means we were feeling pretty jet lagged) I feel we were able to experience so many awesome aspects making Oslo one of my favorite cities in all of Europe. We spent about two days total (two half days at the beginning of our trip and two half days at the end of our trip) which gave us, in my opinion, a well-rounded experience on all Oslo has to offer. Here are some of my favorite experiences from our time in Oslo...
The Vigeland Park: beautiful spot to have a picnic, immerse yourself in nature, and a great place to check out some cool sculptures.
Oslo Opera House: Great place to see beautiful architecture, take cool pictures, and witness a romantic view of the sunset.
Norwegian Folk Museum: An Open-Air Museum which shows how people lived in Norway from the 1500's to present. Also showcases the Gol Stave Church which dates back to the 1200's. Nearby is the Viking Ship museum which came as a recommendation when researching our trip to Norway.
Speaking of highly recommended sights in Oslo, make sure to check out the Emanuel Vigeland Museum, which is absolutely stunning. You aren't allowed to take pictures while visiting, but you can check out their website to get a feel of what the mausoleum looks like, even though in my opinion the pictures do not do this place justice. Do yourself a favor and put this on your list when visiting Oslo.
Grünerløkka: Hippest district in Oslo. Great place to experience trendy restaurants, cafes, and bars. Be sure to check out Tim Wendelboe for a tasty cup of coffee and Aku Aku Tiki Bar for some of the best cocktails in all of Norway. Also pictured below is the view from our hotel room which was very comfortable and super convenient for traveling in and out of Oslo: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station Oslo.
Following our time in Oslo we took what is rated as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world from Oslo to Bergen. I highly recommend this as part of your journey as the scenery did not disappoint. Below are some sights from our journey to Bergen.
Up next, Bergen.