Oslo, as most of you know it, is the city with the title of Norway's capital. I went on a trip to this amazing city with my family and didn't regret it quite a bit. I will now take you on my journey to a part of Scandinavia.
We arrived at 6:30 in Gardermoen airport and took a taxi to our hostel, which wasn't far from the prestigious Opera House of Oslo. We booked a room for $26/night ( 231 norwegian crowns ). We ate breakfast and walked to the Opera House. A superb and modern building on the coast of The Northern Sea. The entry hall is immense and the side wall is made out of glass. The interior theatre is shaped like a horseshoe for maximum viewing capability. There is a restaurant, a bar and a terrace with a gorgeous look of the coast. The building itself is considered to be one of the most iconic modern buildings of Scandinavia. The entry fee is $11 ( or 100 norwegian crowns ), but there are discounts for students and children.
We spent most of the day there, until evening. We went back to our hostel and ate traditional norwegian food ( such as "rakfisk", "raspeballer","lutefisk" ). My mother, father and I each drank a pint of beer and then we went back to our room to get a good sleep.
Today was the 17th day of May, the national day of Norway. We heard from locals that a parade will be taking place near the Royal Palace of Oslo, the building we were keen on visiting. My family and I took a taxi to the Royal Palace and when we got there the parade had already ended. Our sadness quickly ended when we saw one of the country's most important buildings, a concrete symbol of the course of norwegian history since 1814. The entrance is free. From inside the building, the view of the whole city of Oslo is astonishing. We decided there was time for another visit to one of Norway's most notorious attraction points, the "Norwegian Museum of Cultural History". You need half a day or even a day to see the whole museum and traditions. A good, open air museum with lots of details about Norwegian history and culture. The rooms are arranged in a very interesting way and there are original,very old churches in this open air museums, gems of Scandinavia. The fee is $18 ( or 160 norwegian crowns ) for adults and $4.5 ( or 40 norwegian crowns ) for children. Before we knew it, the day was over and we went back to our hostel to get ready for the final day in Oslo.
Today was our last day in Oslo. We ate breakfast at the hostel then took a bus to see the well-known "Viking Ship Museum". The bus ticket was 36 norwegian crowns ( $4 ). Simple, stark, engaging. A lovely museum that's small, accessible and gives the viking long ship pride of place. You get a 360-degree view of the ship, along with contextual information. It's enough without being too much and is a visual as well as mental treat. The fee is aprox. 240kr ( aprox. $27 ), but it's worth the visit. I am,myself, a fan of the viking history and when I saw the ships they used to travel at incredible speeds, from country to country, my soul was warmed up. After seeing the viking ships, we walked to the Natural History Museum. A lot of animals you'd never see elsewhere, the fossils are less than what you can see at other Natural History Museums, but truly a good experience to have while in Oslo! Outside the museum are the Botanic Gardens and this is especially something to check out! Also, children love this fun and educational place! The entry fee for adults is $13,5 ( or 120 norwegian crowns ) and for children $7 ( or 60 norwegian crowns ).
Evening came and we went to a restaurant nearby the hostel to eat some delicious norwegian food. We went to the hostel to sleep there for one last night before taking the train to Bergen.
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