On Friday, when I got back home from work, Barış said “Let’s go to Oslo!” We packed a small bag, booked a hotel online quickly, then left by car. It all happened very quickly and I realized that we were about to spend a weekend in a city that we had never been to before.
We had some great views during the ride. I love the forest and nature views at this time of the year, especially on this coast of the land. With small coffee breaks on the road, we arrived in Oslo in 3 hours.I always do research about a city before visiting for the first time, but I had no time to do any that day. I read a bit online in the car so as to not miss any important things in Oslo.
When we crossed the border into Norway, nothing was different except for the colors of the road signs. After we left our stuff at the hotel, we took a walk in the city center. Oslo was not a very big city, and very similar to Swedish cities indeed. First impressions were very good! The seaside was used much more efficiently than it is in Gothenburg, and there were many nice restaurants and cafes in the city.
The day time was even longer than in Gothenburg, so it was still light when it was ten o’clock in the evening. We went to a microbrewery called Schouskjelleren where they brew and serve local beers. The beers were very delicious but much more expensive than in Sweden, so the next bar we tried was the last one for the night. I made a good plan for the next day before I went to bed, with help from some brochures in the hotel room.
The first place we went to in the morning was the famous opera building. It was built in 2007, inspired by an iceberg. The architecture of the building was very interesting. We didn’t see the inside but climbed up to the top of the building to see a great view of the city.
We were very lucky to have nice sunny weather. In Nordic countries everything looks more beautiful when it is sunny. I wanted to visit the National Gallery to see the famous painting ‘The Scream‘ by Edvard Munch, but it was closed for renovation. Instead I got to see the ‘Mann og Kvinne’ (man and woman) sculpture by Gustav Vigeland in the garden of the National Gallery.
The next place we wanted to visit was Vigeland Park, which is full of sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland. It was a few kilometers away and we decided to walk there. We passed by some very beautiful streets and parks on the way.
Frogner Park is a huge park and a part of it is called Vigeland Park. In this part there are 212 sculptures, all made by Gustav Vigeland. It is also known as the world’s biggest sculpture-containing park. They all are human figures and look amazing all together. You can check some of them out here.
The last thing we did before we took off for Gothenburg was have a coffee in Bare Jazz, which grabbed our attention the day before. Oslo was great for a weekend trip. Finally we ticked off one of the neighbor cities from our must-visit list.