Archive from juni, 2011

More rooms

jun 27, 2011 by admin    No Comments    Posted under: Sleep

If you managed to book a cheap room for your stay in Oslo, you probably booked it a few months ago. During the summer season in Oslo the hostels and other cheap accommodation are fully packed, and finding a cheap place to stay can be a quite the challenge. Luckily there’s planned for two new hostels in the city.

Booking cheap rooms in Oslo can be a pain and as we’ve clearly pointed out in our Streetwise guide:”Remember to book in Advance!”. The reason for this is that we really don’t have that many to choose from. Sure we have a full list of hostels etc. But the really cheap ones. The ones with sleeping halls for 150 NOK per night, those are hard to come by and gets easily fully booked in no time. 

As written today on the Aftenposten website, this is something both Stiftelsen Anker studentboliger and Norske Vandrerhjem (Norwegian Hostel) are planning to counter. Two new cheap hostels are planned for downtown Oslo and hopefully in the future, budget tourists can survive the night without getting broke.

If you’re thinking; “How does this help me now? I want to go to Oslo this summer”. Well, first of all you can try book rooms from our Hotels & Hostels list. You might get lucky. There’s always couchsurfing. And we also have a list over people renting out rooms from their private homes at Private Accommodation.

The full story can be read HERE though it’s in Norwegian.

The full story roughly translated with google translate here:

Oslo lacks cheap accommodation. The capacity of the existing hostels are blown.

But now several new host or underway in the capital, where you can get a bed for the night for more than 200 or a double room from just over 500.

The world’s best cheap hotels
Considering “sleeping halls”

Foundation Anker student housing to open houses in the old Nidar chocolate factory in Rodeløkka spring of 2013. Here are the 80 rooms and capacity for 450 guests, divided in double, and four-, six-and åttemannsrom.

In addition, it is appropriate to make some “sleeping halls” with space for up to 20 guests, says Per Carlenius, managing director of Anker Student Housing.

- It is possible that we add to that the cost down to 150 pounds to sleep there, says Carlenius.

From before the driver Anker Student Housing a hostel in the High Street.

- Where is the line outside every day from now until August, says Carlenius.

Therefore, he is optimistic about the market for a new cheap option in the upper edge of the summer.

We want new cheap places welcome.
Tour Manager Tor Sannerud.

Rooms and pool for a hundred
Hostel in the center

Oslo will also get a new hostel in easy walking distance from Oslo S.

The Norwegian Youth Hostel, which operates Haraldsheim on Sinsen, feel that the capacity is completely blown up in the summer and that they have to reject people who knock on the door.

Therefore, the organization plans a new, affordable accommodation in Oslo. Many people just want to stay as central as possible when they visit the capital.

- We are now out in the real estate market and the applicant and has received several offers, says Bjørn Finstad, Acting Secretary General of the Norwegian Hostel.

The world’s friendliest hostel

Initially planned where 70 to 100 beds, but with the ability to go up to 150 beds. It would mean a capacity of 300-400 guests, spread over double and dormitory rooms. The new hostel will also have the option of self catering.

Jensen says they want to open in the summer of 2012, and operate year round. In August / September will be the decision of the hostel should be.

Oslo’s tourist chief Tor Sannerud want new cheap places welcome.

- We believe it will increase the influx to the city. We see that there is a significant degree of demand for such places, he said.

Make a hotel bargain
No more express hotels

Even the mainstream hotel chains competing in the discount market, and in quiet periods, it is possible to get a double room with breakfast in the capital for about 600 million.

In January, Choice Hotels opened its new low-budget option: Comfort Hotel Express. Here is the self-service check-in and extra pay for cleaning during your stay. The advertisement says double from 299 million, but in practice the price of approx. NOK 580. It caters to “mobile people looking for urban, efficient and cheap accommodation.”

Choice, however, has no plans for more such Xpress hotels in Oslo.

Oslo Live

jun 23, 2011 by admin    No Comments    Posted under: Nightlife

Oslo Live is live and well on its way. If you are in town there’s still tickets available.

Yesterday was the kick-off for the young, yet beloved, festival of Oslo Live. With bands such as Big Bang, Pretty Lights (US), Kråkesølv and Bob Hund (SE) the festival is now well on its way. If you are in town it’s worth a visit and you can still get tickets online or just buy one at the entrance. Keep in mind that the ticket bought at the entrance is 100 NOK extra.

Ordering online is easy and efficient. You can basicly borrow a computer at the Use-It office downtown, walk 150m to the nearest Narvesen and pick the tickets up, buy a quick burger and a beer at a local diner/bar and the night is well on its way. Walk the short distance to Kontraskjæret and use this oportunity to get to know the locals while enjoying live music.

Tonights bands are as following: Leftfield (UK), John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen, Friendly Fires (UK), Florrie (UK) and many more. The party continues to the clubs afterwards.

Check out the full program HERE
Buy tickets HERE

Queer days

jun 20, 2011 by admin    No Comments    Posted under: Queer

Oslo Queer Days (Skeive Dager) is well on its way. Starting today, monday, and continuing on with fully packed schedules 6 more days.

Oslo Queer Days (Skeive Dager) is a festival held each june. This is the biggest cultural event for LGBTs in Norway, and people from several countries attend the festival and its events. The festival is held by Oslo Pride and their aim is to promote acceptance and respect to the gay communities as well as giving an insight to the vast cultures surrounding them.

This years festival is a 7 days long event packed with a variety of films, concerts, art exhibitions, literature events, expos, debates, club nights etc. There’s plenty to do and see and everyone’s welcome to join.

Check out their full schedule on their webiste. The site is unfortunately only in norwegian but with a quick link to google translate on the right hand side menu you should be able to get the information in your language.

25.000 copies ready!

jun 1, 2011 by admin    No Comments    Posted under: Streetwise

We just recieved 25.000 copies of our brand new guide, Streetwise. Months of hard work has paid off, the thing looks great!

Use-It Europe is a network of tourst information centres for young budget travelers. Almost every Use-It Office all over Europe produces their own map of the city, made by locals. Use-It Oslo’s map is called Streetwise. Streetwise has been around for 20 years and has increased in both quality, pages and copies every year. This years guide is 104 pages big. What started as a small black and white guide back in the 90′s has grown into a very popular guide.

Today we recieved 25.000 copies of the brand new guide. 25% more guides than last years guide. The next weeks are all about distributing the guide out. We’ve got tons of establishments waiting for this and we are extremely excited to get this out and around! If you ever are in a city with a Use-It Office, be sure to stop by, you will most likely find our guide there as well as many others and their own.

Street art mini tour

jun 1, 2011 by admin    No Comments    Posted under: Activities, Art

You’re planning a day of galleries and museums but it’s a very beautiful day outside and really not an indoor-day. Museums can wait till a rainy day, go outside and stimulate your mind with the various street art Oslo has to offer. Why not go to Blå first.

Blå is primarely a nightclub and can be read about in the Nightlife section under Grünerløkka. The old factory-style area which is heavily decorated by grafitti and art installations houses an array of creative spots such as Strykejernet Art School, Brenneriet Gallery (which hosts alot of exhibitions made by the mentioned art school), Blå, Hausmania (A previously occupied house with alot of culture and art) and an Art detail store.

From downtown Oslo it’s a short walk, maybe 10 minutes. You can basicly follow Møllergata up to Hausmania and from Hausmania it’s a short downhill road to Blå. Why not start your trip at the Use-It Oslo Office which is in the start of Møllergata?

“The story seemingly ends at the corner only to unravel an epicenter of art crowned by a beautiful light crown in the middle”

So you’re here, and you’re walking down the street towards Blå following a wall of continuous grafitti. The sun is shining and you’re enterpeting stories that many artists and street artists are communicating through their art. The story seemingly ends at the corner only to unravel an epicenter of art crowned by a beautiful light crown in the middle. The old factory walls are covered with grafitti and paintings. The stairs to your right follows up to the art school and Brenneriet Gallery and you should take a look to see if an exhibition is up. Take a moment — take it all in.

Continuing on your exploration through the area you will find the nightclub Blå to your left. Maybe it’s open, depending on the time. Take a coffee or a refreshing drink in a friendly enviroment right next to the river Akerselva. Or continue towards the bridge crossing the river. Take a moment here as well, look closely at the trees and you will discover more art. From here you can follow the road up to Grünerløkka, a charming city area with parks, cafés, small independent stores and nightclubs. Or you can follow the river Akerselva to the end. It’s a very nice walk.