Even though it’s one of the most expensive cities in the world, Oslo can still be a viable option for budget travelling. Museums are cheap, the Vigeland sculpture park is free as is walking around. Find a place to couch surf, cook your own food and take picnic with you when you go out exploring. As long as you have two functioning feet, you don’t need to take public transport, almost all distances are walkable.

1. The architecture of the National Opera

Latinamerikaliv Oslo opera

The National Opera in Oslo is not only beautiful with its eye-catching architecture. It’s also the place to hang out and sunbathe for the habitants of Oslo on sunny days in spring and early summer. Sadly we visited on the rainiest day of the year, but I liked it nevertheless. (Free)

Latinamerikaliv Oslo Opera clean

2. The bronze tiger and tranquility of Oslo

Latinamerikaliv Oslo tiger

Back in the 1800s, Norwegian author Björnstjerne Björnson arrived in Oslo and found it such a dark and terribly dangerous town that he named it the “City of Tigers”. I’ve never felt as safe as I do in Oslo, but the huge bronze tiger outside the Central Station reminds about Björnstjerne’s opinion. (Free)

3. Edvard Munch

Latinamerikaliv Oslo Munch Skriet

Doubtlessly the most important painter of Scandinavia, Edvard Munch is so much more than this famous painting. The National Gallery has an overwhelmingly beautiful selection of Munch paintings. It’s easier to admire his paintings here, rather than in the Munch Museum which keeps many of its most important treasures hidden, due to fear of having them stolen. (100 NOK. Student’s discount. Free for art students)

4. The National Gallery

Latinamerikaliv Oslo National Gallery

The National Gallery of Oslo is worth a visit for many reasons more. Especially its works by 1900s painters, like this one by Arne Ekeland. (100 NOK. Student’s discount. Free for art students)

5. Vigeland Sculpture park

Latinamerikaliv Oslo Vigeland park Detail

212 bronze and granite sculptures in one enormous park in Central Oslo. This is almost too much to take in. Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures of human bodies cover most of the Frogner Park and the park is therefor often referred to as the Vigeland park. You might want to bring picnic and spend some hours in the park. During my first visit the rain poured down but it was beautiful nonetheless and left me with the park entirely for myself. (Free)

Latinamerikaliv Oslo Vigeland park bird

6. Grönland

Latinamerikaliv Oslo Grönland

In case you get tired of tourist and feel like seeing another part of Oslo than the Japanese tourists do, the Grönland neighbourhood offers mosques, a slightly more international population than the rest of Oslo and much cheaper food, from several parts of the world. (Free to walk around. Food 60-150 NOK)

7. Tourist spotting along Karl Johan

Latinamerikaliv Oslo tourists

I’ve always loved taking photographs of other tourists. Chances for this are abundant in Oslo from June to August. Best place is probably the Champs Elysées of Oslo, Karl Johan street. (Free)

8. Keep your eyes open for those little details…

Latinamerikaliv Vigelandpark Oslo phoneboot

After one day in Oslo and two days in Moss, I had fallen so much in love with Norway that I decided to change our plans on a Baltic roadtrip to a Norwegian roadtrip. Coming up…