Oslo considered being among the most expensive cities in Europe. Prices might be shocking sometimes, restaurants and pubs are extremely expensive no matter what you will select to drink or eat. So be careful before you go in. Tourists shops, clothing, woollen items, are all extremely rip off and if you will find cheap sweater somewhere, that is double rip off as it will be a fake, so better buy the expensive real one.
Fun Alternatives: Go where the locals go, buy what they buy and do as they do, after all, they found a way to live with this.
The Oslo Card (museum access, transportation, discounts ect) seems to give good value for money - but check that you will have time to visit all those museums! Local transport is relatively cheap NOK 15 for 1 hour travel on bus, tram, boat. Many of the sites are walkable from centre of Oslo anyway. There is far more to do in Oslo than visit its excellent museums!!!
Fun Alternatives: Buy transport card and pay for each museum visit
I'm from the Oslo-area. What me and my friends find funny, is laughing at tourists falling for those stupid bike-carriage things.
The bikers are probarly illegal immigrants, and never know Norwegian - maybe a few words in English.
So, don't let them fool ya!
Unique Suggestions: Tell them to go REALLY far away... like, Holmenkollen.
Fun Alternatives: If you have to do something that has to do with someone biking - BORROW a bike.
Oslo has many bike-venders, where you stick in a card (buy it at tourist offices), and can bike around, by yourself, around Oslo!
To get from the Airport Gadermoen to the city centre by train you can take either an Airport Express train (FlyToget) or a regular train. The Airport Express train is said to be the fastest (20 mins) transport, but it is the most expensive (150 NOK) alternative. In my opinion it is bloody expensive compared with the fare for a regular train.
Fun Alternatives: Instead of taking the Airport Express train, just take a regular train. The ticket is only 74 NOK which is less than half of the ticket for the Airport Express train. Depending on the train the trip takes between 20 and 30 mins. All trains to/from Skien, Kongsberg, Drammen, Hamar and Lillehammer stop at the Airport Gadermoen.
The oslo Pass provides you with free transportation in all the public transportations in the Metropolitan Area. The prices of 24 hours cards is 190 NOK (more than 25 dollars), but it is not valid on the night bus or trams)
Fun Alternatives: Walk and pay only the ticket you need.
One of the artistic highlights of Norway is the Sculpture Park in Oslo. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures, all modeled in full size by Gustav Vigeland without the assistance of pupils or other artists. Vigeland also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds.
The initial point of the park sculptures was the Fountain. A model was presented in 1907 to the city counsel and Gustav Vigeland was commissioned to make a Fountain. But as the time passed and not enough money was raised yet, Vigeland added many more sculptures to the project - granite sculptures that eventually were placed around the later Monolith. In 1924, the City of Oslo decided that the whole project should be fulfilled in the Frogner Park, later called Vigeland Park. In 1931 followed a renewal of the bridge over the Frogner ponds with the addition of numerous sculptures on the parapets and grounds. For the rest of his life, Vigeland continued to model new sculptures for the park until his death in 1943.
Unique Suggestions: The column, 14.12 meters (46 feet) high carved out of a single block of stone, consists of 121 figures. Modeled by Vigeland in the years 1924-25, it took three stone carvers from 1929 to 1943 to complete the Monolith, just shortly before Vigeland died. The column is completely covered by human figures in relief, singly or in groups. At the bottom there are seemingly inert bodies. Above them figures ascent in a spiral, the movement halting midway and then rising at a fast pace towards the summit which is covered by small children. Various interpretations of the Monolith have been suggested: Man's resurrection, the struggle for existence, Man's yearning for for spiritual spheres, the transcendence of everyday life and cyclic repetition.
Surrounding the Monolith are 36 groups in granite depicting the cycle of life. Every sculpture includes at least two figures depicting Man in a variety of typical human situations and relationships. A man and woman sit facing one another with a little child between them. Children play, young men and women dream and embrace. Old age is represented in several groups. The groups show a certain variation in composition and form. Initially, Vigeland wanted to retain the volume of the granite block. The figures from this early period are broad and simple with a minimal of detail. Later, however, he introduced greater differentiation of composition and figure style and more space was allowed between figures. Although a skilled carver himself, Vigeland did not sculpt directly in granite. He modeled the groups in full size and employed professional artisans to do the time-consuming work of transferring the original models into stone.
The Scream painting
This the famous painting by E. Munck but as it has been stolen so many times this is only a copy of the original :-(.
Well, I'm not an expert anyway so I can't really tell whether its real or not...can you?
Aker brygge is a good place to buy terribly expensive beer,the dread home of the 0,4 l glass that spread as a blight through the city displacing the traditional 0,5 l, squeezing costumers, and the place to watch other foreign tourists watch norwegian tourist visiting Oslo and think they are watching the locals.It has good wiew of the fortress, but that is it.
Vikinglandet which re-enacts the the Viking society with houses, market places, arts and crafts, not to mention its voyage with Leiv Eiriksson over raging seas, experiencing the wrath of gods and surviving an attack by marauding Vikings... and if you want ot see me loosing my dignity, go to the travelogue... I nearly forgot, when you enter, they ask you to wear such an outfit unless you are considered and treated like a slave...
Shopping in Norway!
Do not get tempted by the offers, the prices are hardly ever competitive to those of central Europe. Buy as few souvenirs as possible- usually it is chinese handicraft that you pay as if it were golden...
Torgata str. have a small woodantiquariatshoppromenade
Fun Alternatives: old postcards, poststamps, furniture, krockery and more more more...
Oslo is one of the most expensive cities I have ever been! Entrance fees, food and drinks or parking fees are hell to pay.
Be sure to have enough money with you ;-)
Be sure to avoid the temptation to follow the path of these - as they leave 'smellycat's' all the time. Sometimes its just a fart, but occationally they leave concrete substanses too.
Be careful when you walk around the royal castle, the guards are not always around - and the locals are often all around... This is me and Kristin in 1987.
well didn't really find any of these though just be prepared Norway is expensive and even Norwegians think this....