In January of 2016 I visited a very cold Oslo, Norway. As with every trip that I decide to take I always see the cheapest way to get an amazing experience in that particular city. Oslo in January, just saying that will make some people cringe. Traveling is something that is not supposed to be easy. It is eventful, fun, challenging and worth it.
I started my New Year off right I was relaxing at home surfing the web as usual when I received a notification. Skyscanner, from London Stansted to Oslo round trip for 30 USD! Granted this was during the week, as anyone would be I was a bit skeptical. Why was a flight so cheap round trip? Ryanair being the usual low budget airline I had always expected it to be a little pricier. Then it dawned on me, the weather! Despite that I could not pass up the offer. Thus comprising our first total of 30 USD.
In the week leading up to the trip I really got into looking at places to stay and sights that I must see. This was the most difficult part, being a hostel guy it was the first thing I was ready to find. Hostelworld, for two night in Oslo near the city center a perfect 50-70 USD a night hostel. The Anker Hostel had average amenities, this not being a major concern due to how short notice my booking was.
Our grand total is now at around 141 USD.
Now that you have made it to your destination you have a whopping 158 USD. For two days it really does not seem that much. Keep in mind that you are traveling on a budget! It is very important the way you spend your money. For example, maybe not grabbing that candy bar that you see in the kiosk.
If you are looking to spend more than 158 USD over the course of two days I say do it. You only get to experience places one to two times in your life. This where it becomes important to make your own experiences.
With all that in mind I arrived at Oslo Rygee Airport (closed in 2016) in the morning and was a bit confused. With the airport being closed the rest of the information will still apply to the other airports located in Oslo, Norway. The specific transportation might differ but the cost will be around the same if not less. The airport was nowhere near the city center which made me a little nervous. I am in a country that I had never been before and just landed 50 minutes away from my desired location. Now in my head I am thinking, breathe this has to be normal, look at everyone else on this plane with you. After I got through passport control I found myself speaking to a very nice Norwegian lady. She spoke to me about how to get from Oslo and back, flight times and what I had to do and when. After we decided on the right bus for me to take it was go time I was finally on my way to Oslo city center. The ticket round trip being 30 USD, this was a very cheap mode of transportation taking into consideration the distance.
New grand total 171 USD
Now I was finally in Oslo and looking at my bank account seeing how much money that I had spent this far. PAUSE, one quick recommendation that I would make if you are driving to the airport use the parking provided by the airline it will always be cheaper.
Walking to the hostel it was definitely colder then I had originally expected. I highly recommend bringing your jacket and long sleeves if you are planning to go in the winter. Now in the city I dropped my bags off and set off exploring, day light was limited but I was still able to see as much as possible. There is a ferry you can take to visit the Viking museum or a night walk through the snow covered park. All of these things are dependent on what you would like to do. My personal favorite was walking along the water watching the sunset. It is not every day you get to see a beautiful sunset in a Scandinavian country.
Despite the cold there are a ton of amazing attractions for all ages. These range from Akerhus Fortress (former prison), Norwegian Cultural museum and the famous ski jump. I will leave a link below with the top 10 things to do while in Oslo this will give you a good guide and place to start.
REMINDER: it is not bad if not all are achieved on this list, see the attractions that interest you.
With all that being said Norway can be a very expensive country if you are not careful. I am by no way telling you how to plan your complete trip. I do however want you to understand the cost of this amazing country and how detrimental it can be on the wallet you have in your pocket.
If you have any question on other items regarding Oslo, shoot me an email and I will be free to answer anything.
Hope you enjoyed!