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Welcome to Oslo: Main Tips

Welcome to Oslo: Main Tips
27.12.2019

Welcome to Oslo: Main Tips

Oslo is a modern and diverse city, and each district has its own personality. The city is packed with museums and cultural highlights. Above you will find some info that every tourist of this amazing place should know.

Pricing in Oslo

Norway is one of the richest countries in the world and many things are accordingly expensive (particularly personal service, such as restaurants and taxis, as well as some food items). Note that service and taxes (VAT) is always included in the price offered, nothing is added to the bill. Air transport is relatively cheap if the traveller are flexible with regard to time and date. However, the most important things are free of charge: everyone has right of access to wilderness (including beaches) even if privatly owned.

Advice: Adjust type of transport and accommodation as well as activities to prices. For instance, always consider public transport rather than taxi.

Eating reasonably

Norway's restaurants are expensive particularly for foreign visitors. Supermarkets offer good products for more reasonable prices. Budget supermarkets such as Kiwi, Rema and Prix can be found most places. Many places also have bakeries that offer freshly baked breads, cakes, salty pastries, and sandwiches usually more value for money that at restaurants. Pizzerias are very common, although of varying quality these are often the least expensive place "to fill up" (often 120-150 NOK for a pizza). In comparison to a restaurant where a main course is anywhere between 160 - 290 NOK.
Advice: Bakeries are a great alternative to restaurants

Tap water and safety precautions

Tap water is not only drinkable but usually of very high quality (better than bottled). During summer, there is virtually 24-hour daylight everywhere, which adds to safety. Keep a safe distance to glaciers, waterfalls and ocean waves (this is where accidents happen).
Advice: Don't worry, but respect forces of nature.

Climate and weather

Norway is very far North, but it does not have an arctic climate. July is the hottest month in Oslo with an average temperature of 18°C (64°F) and the coldest is January at -3°C(27°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 8 in June. The wettest month is August with an average of 90mm of rain.
Advice: Get specific climate and weather information about the planned dates of your trip

Main Must See

Fjords are the perhaps Norway's most famous attraction and found all over the country (fjords is the predominant feature of the landscape in most of Norway)
The land of the Vikings is filled with majestic glacier-formed mountains and deep fjords. Hundreds of giant waterfalls cascade down the steep mountains into the fjords. The rain makes Norway lush and green, and picturesque Norwegian villages with white farmhouses and red barns will make you want to take a picture of everything you see.

Advice: Before your boat trip dress warmly. The wind can be strong in the narrow fjords, but I didn’t want to miss a minute of the beautiful views by going inside the ship.
Arrive early. You need to be there 15 minutes before departure of your boat.

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