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Oslo in 7 hours

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1. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

I'm trying to squeeze in a visit to Norway and Sweden while on business in Great Britain. Unfortunately, the itinerary allows me only 7 hours in Oslo to see everything (and this in early December). I'll be arriving at the Oslo main train station midday and then leaving about 7 hours later to stay in Tonsberg, and fly out the next day from Sandefjord.

I would appreciate anyone that knows Oslo to suggest a place to eat, and places/sites to see within this limited timeframe. My original plan was to visit the Viking museum or Kon-Tiki museum--but I'm not sure I want to spend all of my limited time in Norway just at museums. Maybe just a walk through town (how cold will it be?) might be preferable.

Any suggestions will be most appreciated.

P.S. This is actually kind of a scouting trip to know where I might want to go back to, maybe take the family, and spend more time--so thus the museum thing maybe makes even less sense.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Wow, finally someone visiting Oslo (just kidding :))! You should be able to see a surprising amount of Oslo in 7 hours. If you're really lucky you could even catch a tram up the mountains and do a quick spot of skiing if you feel like it. Early December will be cold. Not freezing, but cold. Think around freezing point, possibly just below or above. It should be white by that time of year, but last year it wasn't until February that we really saw snow in the city, so that is one of those 'it depends' answers!

I'm happy to show you around a little depending on the day and any other previous engagements I might or might not have. Let me know in a PM what day exactly. A few of the popular things to do are to go and see the sculptures by Gustav Vigeland in Vigelands Park (here's some shots from one of the times I visited in a slightly warmer time of the year). A little walk in the downtown area is also quite nice at that time of year, although the ice skating ring might not be in use yet. You can walk from central station up to the castle in about 10 minutes. From the castle it's about 5 minutes walk to the harbour where the ferries to the Kon-tiki/Viking museums are. The part of town I live in is called Grünerløkka and it's a nice place to have a cheaper lunch than the very city centre. There's a good vibe here and I really like it (lots of English and other languages heard all around). It's also not too far from the Münch museum which is very impressive (and the paintings stolen last year were recently recovered so that's two empty spaces less on the wall :) ) and because of its location is a bit easier to do in the time frame you have.

Anyway, plenty of things possible in that window of time!! Let me know!

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

Well, how can I pass up a great offer like that?--A personal tour (well, maybe for an hour or so, since I don't want to take too much advantage of your hospitality)--and from someone who's an Oslo local and also travels a lot and therefore knows what a tourist might be interested in.

I liked your pictures. Vigelands Park looks like a good place to start (well, after getting something to eat, that is, since I have a five hour train ride before getting to town).

I'll send you a PM with my personal data and travel plans and look forward to hopefully seeing you in Oslo in early December.

Thanks, Sam I Am.