I’ve spent the last couple of days exploring my neighboring capital, Oslo.
I’ve only been to Norway once before but never in Oslo so it was a brand new city for me to explore! I went to Oslo on the 9th of may with my boyfriend and my parents and we rented an apartment in the central parts of the city and decided to be climate-friendly and take the train there – which turned out to be a horrible decision. Our train was super-delayed and we did not manage to get in touch with our contact person at the apartment who was supposed to give us the keys so we arrived in Oslo in the middle of the night with nowhere to sleep. I would not recommend anyone doing that since it was a bit stressful, haha! Efter a while we somehow ended up finding another apartment hotel with an apartment available for us so everything went well in the end.
The next morning we realized that pretty much everything was closed due to a public holiday, but after some research, we found the restaurant Egon where we had a huge breakfast at their buffet. Loved the interior there!
After the breakfast buffet, we headed down Karl Johans Gate which is the main street in Oslo running all the way from the Central Station to the Royal Palace.
Our visit to the Royal Palace was brief and we left it quite quick and walked through an area filled with a lot of beautiful embassy building to the sculpture park Vigeland Park. It’s the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist and there are more than 200 sculptures located in the park!
By this point our feet were pretty much killing us, so we headed for Aker Brygge to get some lunch and passed a lot of beautiful buildings on the way #thearchitectlover
At Aker Brygge we sat down at a restaurant called Lekter’n which was located at a pier by the water. Such a perfect spot to eat some sweet potato fries and rest our feet, haha! Bonus points to the restaurant since it also offered sunscreen to all of their guests which my Swedish winter skin totally needed.
Filled with energy from the lunch we walked over to Akershus Festning, a 700-year-old fortress. If you have followed my travels for a while you know that I’m a huge fan of ruins and old buildings so I just adored this place and will write another post about it since I have a lot of more pictures to share!
The last spot on the “bucket list” for the day was Oslo Opera House. It was built in 2008 and is located in a part of a town I would like to refer to as “under construction” since they where building ultra-modern houses everywhere in the area. I must say that I like the look of the Opera House, but all of the building cranes everywhere totally ruined the feeling! It will probably be a really cool “futuristic” area in a couple of years when everything is done.
After all this, we headed back to our apartment and ate dinner at a Turkish restaurant just around the corner. We sat outside and ate when it out of nowhere started to rain like crazy and everyone had to run inside, carrying all of our belongings and plates at the same time which must have looked really funny, haha! After dinner, we headed home to the apartment and had Eurovision-night since it was the second semi-final that evening.