The Oslo diaries – getting there

oslo mural street art

I have just returned from an amazing few days in Norway, so thought I would share some of our experiences with you.

Getting there.

I booked our flights with lastminute.com as after a little research found an amazing deal with Norwegian Air, and found flights from London Gatwick for only £75 return per person.

I intentionally booked an early morning Tuesday flight and an evening return flight on Friday to ensure we got optimum time in the city.

Norwegian airlines

The airline is nice, though hold baggage costs extra, so make sure you’re aware of this, so you don’t incur steep fees at the airport.

We only required hand luggage anyway, as three nights is easy to pack for. You also can’t check in online (or at least I couldn’t for this short haul flight), but we were able to enter our booking reference into a monitor at Gatwick that speeds up that whole process!

After a smooth flight, we touched down a little after 12.30pm Norwegian time (+1 GMT), and a very short wait in passport control, we caught the flytoget high speed train to Oslo Central Station.

The train tickets were 170.00 Norwegian Krona for a single trip (which is around £17), although this may seem pricey for a 20 minute train journey, it’s definitely worth it, as taxi prices in Oslo are rather expensive. I’m also a real big fan of trains, and this one looks incredibly futuristic, and is an indicator for how clean the city centre will also be.

flytoget oslo

the Flytoget trains – picture courtesy of Railway Technology.

Thankfully, I have a boyfriend who is a perfect navigator, and it turns out our hotel was just 20 mins walk from the main high street Karl Johans Gate – and only round the corner from the Royal Palace.

I had previously booked our hotel in advance through www.booking.com, and after a few day’s research, decided on the SmartHotel, a small budget chain of hotels. You don’t pay for room size here, but I feel that our room size was perfectly ideal for  a city break, where you spend more time adventuring outside than you do in your hotel.

smart hotel oslo bedroom

One of the single rooms – courtesy of Hotel.com

I’m also not really into hostels, I think they have their place, but for couples holidays, I think a well priced hotel is ideal. This is a personal opinion, however!

Smarthotel was immensely reasonable, at only £60 for the room per night (excluding breakfast), we also opted to stay midweek to cut down a little on costs too. That meant cost wise, it was only £30 each per night, a bargain for a hotel which was five minutes walk from the city centre!

The amenities were very basic and screwed to the wall (hand soap and shower gel only), so if you do opt to stay here, take some travel minis any excuse). The staff are SO friendly, and the wifi is incredibly speedy (a first for most hotels), and we were even able to stream a netflix movie on one of our nights there.

Have you ever been to Oslo, who did you fly with, and how was your hote?

Next up: Eating and Drinking in Oslo.

 

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