10 reasons to visit Oslo, Norway

I know I said I hated this city. I don’t think it’s the city itself that I hated, but other factors that just happened while I was there; the reasons I needed out were not the city’s fault. There’s good in everything, and there’s good in this city. I should give it some credit.

In no particular order, here are some things that would be worth going back for.

1. Smoky BBQ Fajita Seasoning

We brought a bunch of taco and fajita seasoning with us because we weren’t sure if it would be easy to find in Norway, but every grocery store had a massive Mexican section. This kind was SO GOOD. I’ve never seen it in Canada or any other grocery stores. Fajita bowls were a staple meal for me in Norway thanks to this seasoning.

2. It’s pretty

The buildings are a mix of modern and old, and I love architecture. The Opera House, the pier, the view from my bedroom, the Barcode area, there’s something nice to look at anywhere you go. It really is a gorgeous city, and clean too.


Oslo Barcode

3. I felt safe

I didn’t feel unsafe here when by myself, even at night, and I don’t think I can say that about a lot of places.

4. Everyone speaks English

I wasn’t expecting this, and it made life a lot easier here because I didn’t need to struggle with the language barrier.

5. Lots of things to do

From outdoor activities, museums, and shopping, this city has you covered. I did almost every tourist activity there was to do in my time there.




Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park

Opera House

Opera House

6. Lots of dogs

So many dogs and they were allowed on public transit and in most stores. This made me happy because I missed my dog. Why isn’t Vancouver more dog friendly?

7. Nature

You’re really close to nature everywhere you go. A short train, ferry, or bus ride, and you’ll find a hike or some type of view to look at. It reminded me of Vancouver in this way.





8. The police ride horses

I don’t know why, but I love this.

9. People don’t smoke

One thing I hate about Europe is that everyone smokes and it’s hard to avoid the smell of it on patios and crowded streets. Chew is way more popular in Norway so this isn’t an issue here.

10. Most people were friendly

I’ve been places where locals have been rude to those who don’t speak their language. Most people were nice and happy to speak English, and we met some great people.

Oslo has some great things to offer if you were to visit for a few days, or even a week. I have a couple posts in previous months about all of the touristy things Oslo has to offer. I’m a bit upset I didn’t stick around long enough to watch ski jumping or take the train to Bergen, but hey, I can always go back.

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1 thought on “10 reasons to visit Oslo, Norway

  1. Great post. I smiled when reading that everyone speaks English. It is natural in Finland also, but we speak many languages. For example, my blog is in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

    Happy and safe travels 2018!

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