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Oslo, Norway Travel Guide

December 8, 2016

Oslo is full of colourful old and new architecture and quirky sculptures. The main thing I loved about Oslo is how everything is Koselig (cosy). Local bars and restaurants supply outdoor heaters and wool blankets you put over your lap whilst enjoying a drink. Inside is filled with candles or warm fires and many bathrooms have heated floors to warm up chilly feet. Being one of the most expensive cities in the world Oslo is not cheap so I’ve included some free things to do.

What to do

Royal Palace

It’s free to walk around the gardens and you can purchase a tour around the Palace but it is only open from end of June to Mid August. The changing of the guards take place every day at 1.30. The Palace looked so pretty in the snow I felt like I was in Narnia!

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Go Shopping
Scandinavia is famous for its elegant and minimalist clothing and home ware. Walk along Karl Johans gate for some great shops.

Akershus Fortress

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Museums

If visiting on a Sunday some museums are free so check online before visiting.

Nobel Peace Centre

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National Gallery

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Edward Munch’s most famous piece – The Scream

Free

Go inside the City Hall

From the outside it doesn’t look that impressive but inside is full of beautiful art about Norwegian culture and history.

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Visit the Opera House

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The Vigeland Park (Sculpture Park)

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Trying out the sculpture poses obviously nailed it haha

Walk along the waterfront

Wander along the waterfront admiring the views and then get cosy in one of the bars.

Accommodation

Oslo Central Hostel

  • Free breakfast – this is the best hostel breakfast I’ve ever had. They have a wide variety of fruits, yoghurt, egg, bacon and the best herby mushrooms.
  • Lockers and towels provided
  • Good location close to the fortress and shopping streets
  • Atmosphere more of a hotel rather than a hostel

Where to Eat & Drink

Mathallen Market

This food market is outside the centre there are bus’s or trams that you can get here. We walked and its around a 20-30 minute walk. The food here is expensive but then so is everywhere in Norway. It is also closed on a Monday.

Justisen Bar

This place is a lot of fun there’s an outdoor bar with heaters and upstairs lots of different rooms. The rooms look like they have been decorated by someone’s Grandma with loads of floral wallpaper and cosy lights.

Mona Lisa – Italian

Very fancy looking restaurant you can also eat outside on the balcony.

Homan Bistro & Bar

I had the best bangers and mash here!

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Information

  • If visiting in Autumn/Winter it will be freezing pack thermals, scarves and hats
  • Oslo is super expensive so budget accordingly. Dinner or lunch will cost £20-£30 for one course and that is in the cheaper restaurants. If you visit during summer you could go to a supermarket and buy some foods for a picnic. You should also pack some snacks with you. We ended up paying £5 for a packet of crisps and chocolate bars are about £3 so its worth bringing stuff in your suitcase.
  • I would recommend getting an Oslo pass they have 24hr, 48 and 72 hour passes which will provide you with free entry to museums the fortress and public transport. 24 hr is 335NOK 48 hr is 490NOK and 72 is 620NOK you can also get student discount. The museums are quite expensive to get into so it does make the pass worth it.

*Note: Special thanks to Visit Oslo for providing me with a 72hr Oslo Pass

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Ireland Travel Weekend Away

What to do in Dublin, Ireland

November 24, 2016

Dublin is an amazing city to explore! With plenty of things to do and see from walking by the river, enjoying a Guinness in a cosy pub with live music or exploring Dublin’s historic buildings. Its super easy to get to the city centre from the airport just get the Airlink bus 747 to the city centre it takes about 30 minutes. You can buy the ticket at the airport and there is free wifi on the bus. Below is a list of things to do in Dublin.

Temple bar area

Very touristy and expensive but you should visit here at least once. Around the city there are plenty of pub crawls or beer or whisky tasting tours that you can join.

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Trinity College

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Kilmainham Gaol

Book a time slot in advance as it can sell out, it is €7.00 for adults or €3.00 for students with a booking fee of €1.00. The guided tour lasts 90 minutes and will explain the history of the jail and talk about the prisoners. I found this really interesting its definitely worth a visit!

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Guinness Storehouse

This is very touristy but a lot of fun and you can easily spend a few hours here. There are lots of different floors featuring Guinness advertisements a tasting room and a rooftop bar. You are shown how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness and then get to take home a certificate. You can enjoy your drink at the rooftop bar with a view over Dublin. Prices are around  €14- €20 and you can get a small discount by booking online.

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The Brazen Head Pub (oldest in Ireland)

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Christ church cathedral

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Dublin Castle

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St Patrick’s Cathedral

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The Little Museum of Dublin

Here you can learn about the history of Dublin in 30 minutes a tour guide will show you around the rooms. It costs €8 or €6 for students.

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Free things to do

Free walking tour

The walking tour I did meets at the Generator hostel and takes you around Temple bar area, Trinity College and St Patrick’s Cathedral.

St Stephens Green

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River Liffey

Free music gig

Ireland is famous for its live music and you are likely to wander past some pubs with live singers or bands. Generator hostel also has live music nights check out what’s on here.

Accommodation

Generator Hostel

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  • Daily events such as comedy evenings and live music
  • Bar downstairs – even if you don’t stay here you can come here for drinks and live music
  • Luggage storage
  • Lockers
  • 24hr reception

Places to eat

Jo’Burger

This place is right around the corner from the Generator hostel and offers a wide range of burgers and toppings.

Fade St Social

One of the best places I’ve had tapas! It is fairly expensive but worth it. I would recommend the truffle pasta with charred asparagus and parmesan & a tuna and tomato dish. You should try getting a few tapas to share. They also have

Queen of Tarts

This little cafe has a selection of cakes and also has breakfast and lunch dishes. I had a hot chocolate and raspberry scone. The scones are lovely and they have a variety of flavours!

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Make sure you have a Guinness it tastes so much better in Ireland. Also Guinness chocolate tastes really good too!

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