Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Winter Break in Oslo, Norway


There's no better way to shake off the early year blues by travelling. It should definitely be a thing. We are blessed to be able to say our trip to Norway is our second of 2018, and we can't wait to share more and more adventures with you as the year progresses. 


We departed Manchester Airport on the Thursday evening, and after a longer than expected bus transfer from the airport to the city (always check how far the airport is to where you're actually going kids), we only had time to check into our hotel and plan our days here. But it was up early the next morning to start exploring!


Oslo Opera House is the home of theatre and ballet in Norway, and its stunning interior and exterior makes it one of the city's most famous landmarks. We braved the ice and walked the roof of this incredible building, which gives fantastic views across the river and city. You can do so by simply taking the stairs up from the side of the building. We've seen so many photos and videos of this prior to our visit, but with it being early morning and a pretty dangerous day to be doing such a thing, it was just us and a few others. 


The Opera House was sandwiched between two coffee stops which you can read about in our upcoming post of the best cup of coffee in Oslo, over on our food blog. Following that we took the short tram ride to Vigelandsparken, a picturesque sculpture park with the most intriguing statues.

We came to realise that Oslo seems to be a big fan of statues - not only were they here in the park but seemingly randomly dotted across the city. We would love to know the thinking behind some of these, but all we could do was our best to re-enact our favourites!


Despite it now being the middle of the afternoon, it -8 degrees. The lake in the park was completely frozen over, and the views from the top of the park were beautiful. We never got used to the ice beneath our feet, and we were proud of ourselves for getting to the second full day before falling. James jinxed himself by pointing out his pride just a few hours before taking the tumble. A rookie mistake. 


After long walks between our destinations for more coffee and a cracking grilled cheese sandwich, the day flew by and it was time to quickly charge up and be back out for dinner. Check that out over on the food blog! It was special.

The second day again had us out bright and early for breakfast, as we were embarking on a food tour at 1pm. Again, the food blog is where you need to be to hear all about that. We had good times and met great people who we spent the majority of our day with. 


Oslo is a very cool place, in more ways than one! It's extremely expensive compared to other parts of Europe that we've visited, but we were prepared and careful planning meant we knew how to work our days to get the most out of our time and money. 


The trip will be remembered for the beautiful but scary weather, awesome coffee, and the statue of a man simultaneously kicking three children. For the record, we do not condone this kind of behaviour!

Oslo, thank you! It's been a treat.

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  1. Wow, Oslo looks incredible in the snow! Hope you had a fab trip!

    Chloe ❤ http://www.anomalouschloe.com

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    1. It was so pretty, definitely worth the cold! We had a great time, thank you!

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  2. Oslo looks, and sounds, remarkable! You both look so happy and the pictures are great! I wish you both a wonderful time on your travels this year and can’t wait to see what adventures you embark on together! <3 <3 <3 xxxx

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    1. Aww thank you Charlene, it was a great trip. Such a different experience to our other European trips so far! Can't wait for more to come

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  3. I'm super jealous of how much travelling and exploring of the world you two get to do, it's so wonderful that you blog about it so we all get to read about your experiences! Oslo looks so amazing and I love how happy you both look. Thank you for sharing πŸŒΈπŸ’œ✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x
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    1. We're very blessed to have the opportunity to travel as much as we do, but we do work hard to try do so! Can't wait to share more of Oslo!

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  4. Oslo looks amazing, thanks for sharing this post, I've now added Oslo to the list of places that I want to go. Those photographs are amazing. Sounds like a fun trip! I love all the snow!

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    1. Oslo is such a great winter break location, so worth going to for the snow pictures haha

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  5. This looks like paradise. I love winter breaks when it's all crisp and snowy. Sounds like you guys had fun too! x

    Sophie
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    1. It was really nice to be there! So so pretty, such a great trip away!

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  6. Wow, what a magical winter wonderland! Coffee is 100% the best thing on cold days :) I'm wanderlusting hard after this post and your gorgeous photos!

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    1. Yes! We may had a bit too much coffee as it was our form of staying warm haha

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  7. Oh Oslo is on my to visit list. I love the idea of long walks in the cold fresh air with tea not coffee to keep warm.

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    1. Oslo is a great location spot to walk around with a hot tea!

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  8. Oh my gosh this looks absolutely magical! I can't believe how snowy it is! Oslo is somewhere I'd love to visit, I'm glad you guys had such a lovely time!
    Hels xx
    www.thehelsproject.com

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    1. We had the best time, you'd love it there!

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  9. Oslo looks gorgeous! I really want to explore more of Scandinavia and this city is definitely on my list! I love the contemporary architecture and statues.

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    1. They are very fond of their statues and they have some really interesting ones!

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  10. Wow look at all that snow! Oslo looks gorgoeus ��
    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

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  11. This is a great post! Oslo isn't ever somewhere I've been particularly interested in going to but it looks so beautiful! I'm so glad you had a good time- https://sophiehearts.net x

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    1. We didn't think so either, but we're glad we went and explored the beauty of it!

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  12. This trip looks and sounds amazing - as a massive snow/ winter lover it’s like my idea of heaven!
    Thanks for sharing such a fabulous post πŸ˜ƒ

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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    1. You will definitely love it there, you must visit!

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  13. Hi Jessica. We are happy that you enjoyed Oslo. We from The Oslo Tour are happy that you took advantage of the city.

    For future Oslo visitors we are more then happy to show you the city. www.theoslotour.no

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    1. Oslo was great, thank you for showing us the local side with the food tour!

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  14. OK - I am immediately booking a trip to Oslo! It looks absolutely stunning! The round up at the end with regards to the statue of the man did make me giggle! It's interesting how expensive it is, I am often quite surprised at how expensive places are - I'm off to Iceland in a couple of weeks and the cost is quite a consideration! Mind you, can you beat somewhere snowy with great coffee!? You two are such #couplegoals in the last picture, too!
    Kate x
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    1. Oslo is stunning and we loved it so much, so so cold though but we loved it! Hahaha it was pretty funny, you can see the state we are talking about in the vlog ;) Ah Iceland, we were looking at that, we'd love to go! Aww thank you so much!

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  15. Wow! This looks absolutely incredible. Sounds like you had an amazing time!

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  16. The perfect location for a winter break!

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    1. A beautiful location!

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  17. Oslo seems like the perfect winter getaway destination! The city looks absolutely stunning, although the temperatures of -8 sound bitterly cold!! No wonder you needed all that good coffee ;-) I'm glad you were wrapped up warm! All of your careful planning did seem to pay off in terms of seeking out the best value for money, great job there! You guys look so happy together in that final photo, I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves so much!

    Abbey x

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    1. It was so cold, but it was so worth it! All the coffee was too good, definitely needed! Aww thank you, it was the best!

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