Yes – that’s right indeed! According to numerous rankings, Oslo places in the top 5 most expensive cities to visit. However, if you really want cheap, you get cheap – and we spent a very reasonable amount of 120€/1000SEK throughout 3,5 days. Both of us wanted to see Oslo desperately, despite all of the stories of how expensive and unimpressive it is (boy – how wrong can one be?!) All you have to do is some good research in advance.

So basically, we’ve done all the work for you 😉

We started browsing all of the accommodation options two weeks in advance. This is how we found the Anker apartment (not to be mistaken with the Anker Hostel), which had by far the best quality/price ratio. It is located in Oslo’s hippest area – “Grünerløkka” – and is a 15-20 min walk to the centre. The price is about 23€/200SEK a night if you sleep in a 20 bed dorm. They also have a huge common kitchen and all necessary kitchenware.

For transportation, either Nettbus or Sweebus is the cheapest option, but it’s key to be flexible with the departure hours since the prices vary quite a bit depending on time of day. We ended up booking with Nettbus and paid around 30€/265SEK with a return trip. Now: you’ll see that this already adds up to about €100. This means we only spent €20 in 3,5 days. And this is how you can too:

1) The most important thing is to BRING YOUR OWN FOOD (and booze of course) – because, BOY, it is expensive there. If you don’t you’ll either starve or be broke after just one weekend 😉

2) Be athletic – WALK. It may be quite tiring, but it’s cheap – and that’s what we were aiming for. (Also, Myrthe’s step counter app showed us that this was quite a successful work-out-weekend.)

3) Check out free sightseeing. Oslo offers many beautiful things to see for free – the most famous being the opera house. No need to go inside to see a good show – visiting the building and walking over its rooftop is a show on its own because of the amazing view and architecture. We also went to the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the area around it, which is absolutely awesome. Other things you can see for free are the house of Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the beautiful Akerhus Castle where you can enjoy an astonishing sunset. We also went to the Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, which is definitely worth a visit.

4) On Sundays there is a handcraft and second-hand market around Blå at Grünerløkka (a bit dangerous when on a tight budget, especially for the girls.) Luckily we managed to keep our wallets closed, and the area was definitely worth visiting.

5) This one might be difficult for others since we were quite lucky. Dannii’s Swedish friend hooked us up with a resident DJ in “The Villa”— a club considered to be in the top 50 of the world’s best clubs. David put our names on the guest list with the words: “Andrea’s friends are my friends.” We had an AMAZING night out.

6) With the money we saved on the entrance we bought 24-hour tram tickets (which also included busses and boats) for 80NOK. With this ticket, we were able to move outside the city centre. We went to a lake at Songsvann that friends had recommended – and we would recommend you to do the same! (You might want to bring some sports clothes though to fit the scene. It is unbelievable how many sporty people run around the lake even when it’s minus degrees!)

With these tips we hope we’ve convinced you to have a trip to this beautiful city too.

Written by Myrthe Aans and Dannii Romer