Seeing Oslo on the Cheap
Oslo was clean and beautiful, teeming with tulips and statues, and still bright out at midnight. It was also the most expensive city I’ve ever visited. To get the most from my visit, I saved money where possible and chose my attractions wisely.
The easiest way to save money is on food and lodging. Though nothing is cheap in Oslo, hostels are still cheaper than hotels. And buying food at the supermarket helps a lot—a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter will last for days. When realistic, you can also skip public transportation and walk. This is the best way to get a real sense of a place anyhow.
Free: The Vigeland Sculpture Park inside Frogner Park
This is a nice outdoor park with more than 200 bronze, granite and cast iron sculptures of naked people by sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). Interesting to see—my favorite being a man slinging babies—and a nice place to picnic with your peanut butter sandwiches.
Sort of Free: Viking Ship Museum
If you really want to see 3 Viking burial ships from the 9th century, visit the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy Peninsula. Or, you can enter for a few minutes without paying admission and see the Viking ship in the main lobby. It’s probably an interesting museum, but I was satisfied with my view from the cheap seats.
Splurge-worthy: Norwegian Folk Museum
This large outdoor museum next to the Viking Ship Museum presents life in Norway from 1500 to present and features 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway including the fascinating Stave Church from the year 1200. Norway has tons of museums and attractions, but this one is quintessentially Norwegian.
Next time: The National Gallery!
I stumbled upon The Munch Museum, which was closed for exhibit changes, and I mistakenly assumed Munch’s “The Scream” was there. However, there are actually 4 versions of the painting, one of which is housed at The National Gallery in Oslo which I could have visited. Next time I’m in Oslo, I’ll have to visit one or both of the museums so I can check “The Scream” off my list.
The Vigeland Sculpture Park inside Frogner Park
Sneak Peak at the Viking Ship Museum
Norwegian Folk Museum
“The Scream” Munch Museum
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