One Day in Norway

My goodness it has been way too long since I last posted! I have been busy out on the road having amazing solo travel adventures; however anyone who has been following this blog for a while will know that I tend to post retrospectively, as I find it pretty impossible to sit down for long enough to actually write whilst travelling. I have just returned from an incredible journey through Iceland, Greenland and Scotland and am so excited to dish about the amazing things I have seen and done. So without further ado, regular posting will now recommence!

Flying from South Australia to Iceland is a pretty long journey and requires multiple stops. Usually these stops are so short that I am unable to see anything but the airport, but occasionally a person can luck out and get a stopover long enough to fit in a day of exploring. After spending 25 hours on planes and in airports I arrived in Oslo at around 12.30pm and since my flight to Reykjavik didn’t depart until 9.45pm, I decided to make use of the day!

After clearing customs and leaving my backpack in the airport left luggage, I caught the super efficient Flytoget airport train right into the city centre. I was conscious that I needed to be back at the airport by 7.30pm so I decided to just wander the city and see what I could find.

My first impression of Oslo was that it was an incredibly aesthetically pleasing piece of the world. The city boasts stunning architecture, a vast array of public gardens and literally some of the most beautiful people I have ever seen. This is not an exaggeration. If you are looking for an almost impossibly beautiful subset of humans, Oslo has got you covered. It’s creepy to photograph strangers though, so I will just be sharing pictures of the stunning city and not its stunning inhabitants.

Walking is my absolute favourite way to see a city. Buses, boats, ferries and trains are great, but there is something about exploring on foot that just makes me happy. Plus it’s the cheapest way to get around, and in an infamously expensive city like Oslo, any way to save money is a gift.

My wanderings eventually led me to Frogner Park; a public park famous for being the home of an array of sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland approximately 70 years ago. Not only is the park incredibly green and gorgeous, but the sculptures are truly beautiful.

I ended up spending most of my day in the park. It was lovely and relaxing, and the locals were extremely friendly and chatty. The park is also absolutely chockers with people walking dogs, and if you have heard of the Dogspotting Facebook Group, then you’d understand the massive appeal that a dog mecca holds.

As the sky began to lose light I realised it was time for me to head back to the airport for yet another flight. The walk back to Oslo Central station is a gorgeous walk, and it was the perfect way to spend a free day even when I was completely jetlagged and exhausted.

T H E Β  L O W D O W N

Getting There: The Flytoget Airport Train runs regularly and a single trip to Oslo Central Station will set you back a pricey 180 NOK ($30 AUD)
Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm lens and 52mm HOYA polarising filter
To be discreet when checking out all the Norwegian hotties
$60 AUD for a round trip on the airport train and $8 to leave luggage at Oslo airport

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74 thoughts on “One Day in Norway

  1. Oslo is great, isn’t it? I spent a weekend there over the summer and I hadn’t really known what to expect, but I was really impressed by how pretty it was πŸ™‚

  2. Hey!

    Great to see your smile again, its been a while, great to have you back!
    I love that image of the Park with the trees, just stunning. I wish I was lost in that park right now… just musing away.
    I look forward to all you stories, pics etc from your travels.


  3. I moved to Oslo this summer and this post has warmed up my cold autumn day. Also, I definitely agree that walking is the best way to explore a city, especially Oslo because it’s quite a small city and it is very pedestrian friendly.

      1. I love it! If you had asked me 5 years ago I would never have thought that Norway is where I’d end up, but I’m very glad I’m here and I’m enjoying integrating into the Norwegian lifestyle.

  4. My husband and I visited Oslo in the 80’s. Having moved to NYC from Hawaii a short while before…found me shivering in my boots in this beautiful, but cold, city. My husband’s CEO is from Norway. And our niece is working in Norway. Coincidence that I should read your post…about Norway.

  5. I went to Copenhagen last year but want to return to that side of the world to visit Oslo! Great to know it’s possible to see something with a long layover.

  6. I very much like the sound of the dog-filled park! Can’t wait to hear about Iceland – it’s been top of my list of ‘go-to’ places for ages…

  7. Oslo looks wonderful! I would imagine that it is a good break to take after spending so much time in the air..Is this during winter? 😊

  8. I enjoyed your post. In late July/early August I was in Oslo and found the city lovely. If you’re curious, check my blog in which I comment on Norway.

  9. Have wanted to check out Scandinavia and Iceland for some time however I am looking forward to seeing what you got up to in Scotland. One of my favourite countries.

  10. Oslo looks gorgeous! I love people watching too, so it’s hard for me not to take photos of people haha! Love the photos, can’t wait to get to Oslo at some point soon!

  11. So glad your back posting i cant wait to read more of your posts from this trip and get inspired all over again πŸ™‚ hope you had a brill time. it looks so beautiful there x x x

  12. What a wonderful look at Oslo. Your photos are superb – and definitely an advert for the camera you named. Theyre so clear and vivid. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all your interesting and well expressed information, too! I’m so pleased you’ll be posting regularly about this trip, and can fully understand why you didn’t post while you were there. Getting out and enjoying these wonderful places is what it’s all about. πŸ™‚

  13. I spent a couple weeks in Norway in August and Oslo really is a great city for walking and exploring. It was definitely hard to not stop and stare with an open mouth every time a gorgeous male walked by (which was a lot)! Glad you were able to see a bit of Oslo and get your adventure off to a great start!

  14. Hi Ellen, lovely photos. Karen and I visited Oslo a long time ago! However we remember it as a beautiful relaxed city and easy to walk around. Looking forward to reading about your time in Iceland. It is on Karen’s list.
    PS thanks for visiting my blog too.
    Cheers, Mark

  15. loving your blog, Ellen! <3 and I'll be going to Norway this Feb so I can refer to your post:D
    BTW i'd like to suggest you to travel to Hong Kong / Indonesia (Bali, specifically). These two are also amazing πŸ™‚ x

    1. Thankyou so much πŸ™‚ I have actually been to Bali not too long ago, but I am sucky at writing on the road so always post retrospectively! I hope to visit Hong Kong later this year too πŸ™‚

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