Your Viking Fix on a Shoestring: Experience Oslo for Less Than £200
We all know Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. So, can Oslo be done on a budget? Absolutely! This is the perfect winter weekend getaway, but before you hit the runway here’s a few things that you may want to take into consideration if you are on a budget. So, grab your pen and paper.
Although Norway is known for its ridiculously high prices, there is so much to do that won’t break your bank account or throw you into traveller’s debt. To keep it real, I kept my trip under a total of £200 for the entire trip including flights, train tickets, meals, museums, accommodation and a cheeky cocktail.
Hold up, how did he do this?
If you’re thinking of travelling to Norway and looking for the cheapest option, my suggestion is follow your budget airlines. I booked flights two months in advance through Ryanair’s Friday Frenzy, which came to a total of £16 for return flights. Now I have my flights, let’s get to Oslo and find Thor.
Flying out Friday night and landing in Oslo, you have two train options when you land. The first being the airport express which leaves every 10 minutes and takes a total of 20 minutes travel time to get to Oslo central station. Cost: £39. The second being the standard line, which leaves every 15 minutes and takes 30 minutes travel time to get to Oslo central station. Cost £9. Well, I know my pick.
Once arriving at central station head left down the stairs and turn right into a large food hall. At the end of this hall, you will find Oslo’s tourism centre. Here you will get Charlie’s golden ticket, it’s called the Oslo Pass. Unlike Fyre Festival, this pass WILL deliver the Oslo trip of a lifetime. The Oslo pass gives you access to discounted meals at restaurants, entry to museums, art galleries and free public transport including the ferry’s around the Fjords. How much does the Oslo Pass cost? £58 pounds for 48 hours! That’s right boys and girls. I have only spent £83 pounds so far. Transport & Activities covered.#Norway budget travel trip: Grab your Golden Ticket to #Oslo at the tourism center! Unlike Fyre Festival, the Oslo Pass WILL deliver the trip of a lifetime. Click To Tweet
Accommodation I went a bit above the average hostel budget, however there is a reason behind my added expense madness. Saga Hotel has breakfast and bed linen included, which not many other hostels do. A lot of travellers get caught with these added-on costs, and they don’t allow you to use your own sleeping bag or linen either. Saga Hotel not only had incredible service, but it also had an amazing buffet style breakfast fit for Oden. Total cost for two nights £68.
After concluding a cold December of binge watching Vikings, I was prepped and ready to explore Oslo with my pass in hand. Saturday, I hit the streets early morning catching the tram up to Ekebergparken for a panoramic view of Oslo and exploring the intriguing artwork that was on display. Heading down through the city, I stopped by sites such as the Opera House, Town Hall, The Nobel Peace Prize Museum, The National Theatre, Government Office and The Royal Palace.
But before heading up to the Ski museum in Holmenkollen to see the oldest ski jump and ski museum in the world I had to visit FrognerPark. Gustav Vigeland has fashioned over 200 sculptures that are on display all throughout the park, making it one of the world’s largest sculpture parks. To finish the day, I needed to entice all of my senses. Where else to start than a breath of fresh high-altitude air with one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen at the observation deck above Holmenkollen ski museum.
Following this breath-taking view, I quickly dashed to The Munch Museum to catch a glimpse of Edvard Munch’s screaming man. Little tip… this has now been moved to The Museum of Edvard Munch’s Life and Works. Speaking of munchies, I decided to finish on a delicious note by attending the world’s No. 20 best cocktail bar Himkok. This venue is definitely worth the 20-minute queue! Total cost of a cocktail: £14
Starting your Sunday right is definitely taking the ferry around the Fjords and discovering the islands of Oslo. I for one did not have time to hop off and explore, as I was on a mission to get my Viking fix. The Bygdøy peninsula boasts one of the world largest open-air museums, with over 150 traditional houses from all across Norway including a stave church.
If that doesn’t peak your interest on the peninsula, there’s also the largest collection of Viking ships in the world at The Viking Ship Museum, Oscar- winning Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Museum, and the strongest ship ever built at The Fram Museum. Walking down Akerselva later that afternoon I had to get my caffeine hit before heading to the airport. A local tip pointed me to the art filled hipster suburb of Grünerløkka to Tim Wendelboe. And it did not disappoint. Total cost £4.
The final cost was food. Over the course of my 48 hours in Oslo, I ate on the go every day. A basic 6-inch sub at Subway would cost £5. The total cost of my snacking rounded up came to £20, as I never went for meals anywhere. Once arriving back in London, I checked my bank balance to see the damage, with the total trip coming to £189. Could I do it cheaper next time? You bet! Pre-pack your snacks and book your accommodation in advance (not 3 days before like I did).
Would love to hear if anyone has done it cheaper. What were your tricks?