OSLO, NORWAY – INTERESTING WITH ONLY CARDS NO CASH
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My birthday trip this year was to Oslo in Norway. We decided to spend a few days trying to see what I could manage. Unfortunately, we had not got around to ordering any currency. A cancer scare for me, meant everything else got left behind. And we just decided to use our debit card unless we needed to withdraw cash. And we were even questioning whether to actually go to the airport. Ryanair were cancelling flights all over the place, and bad weather in August also delayed and again cancelled peoples flights. Although we were delayed when we left Stansted a hour late, we had arrived in Oslo within two hours. I was very impressed with the new Oslo airport. It smelt nice, it was very modern, it is just what we need at home in the UK. As soon as we left security, we found the trains to the city centre. This again I was very impressed with. I would like our trains at home to be like what I experienced in Oslo. The airport is set forty minutes outside of Oslo. Our train journey took ten minutes and cost us NOK 380 each for an return to the airport within I think 90 days.
Our hotel was again close to the Central train station due to my mobility issues.
I knew that the Opera house was close by. But we first came across the Tiger. Which was so beautiful. And then we found the Opera house, there is a lot of construction work going on.
We saw some lovely sights on a walk from the Central station to the palace. First thing that caught my eye was this astrological clock.
Then came across Oslo Cathedral. As this was a Sunday, we did not feel we could enter.
We continued to walk down Karl Johans gate and came across these sights.
We came to the beautiful park, we were so lucky with the weather on this trip. I was expecting Oslo to be cold but we had sun and warm weather.
We came to the The Royal Palace and then decided to find the National Portrait Gallery as this was a bucket list for me. You can read about it here. We then walked back to the Opera House as I wanted to walk on the roof. We came across this which we called Thor’s Hammer.
When we arrived at the Opera House, my legs started to play up. With my mobility issues, I can only walk for a certain time before I have to rest. So we got to some of the roof but not the very top.
The next day we went on the bus to the Viking Museum where you can read about it here. And then we decided to get the ferry back to the Sentrum area. Again, we had no cash and was glad to find that the ferry would take our card. This was the ferry, it was tiny.
Here we found the Nobel Peace Centre.
And I could smell food. And found these adorable food vans, again I found we could use our card and we brought ourselves some fish and chips and it was delicous.
I did enjoy our trip to Oslo. It is a beautiful but expensive city. We took the hit on the currency charges because of everything that happened before the flights. It is just one of those things that happens. I am planning to return as I would love to see the Norwegian Fjords.