There are many ways of exploring a new city. You can read about it and explore for yourself, you can buy guided tours around the city and you can buy a one day ticket and ride around with public transportation.
Alternative Oslo however has a guided bike tour around town and is a great way of getting to know new people and Oslo. This is what they say on their website:
Oslo is a city of contrasts. It’s divided by the Akerselva river, and west and east Oslo are completelly different. The alternative Oslo Bike Tour will go from the medieval ruins, to the super modern buildings of Aker Brygge. From the busiest working areas to the relaxing green parks, and so on…
The idea is to show you mainly the idioncrasy of the norwegians, the curiositries that make them special.
We start at the Opera House, a big white modern building, very easy to recognise, and only a few meters from the Central train station (Sentralstajonen).
The tour lasts around 4 hours. Groups are never larger than 10 people, wich is good size to be all together, and it’s easy to adapt the speed to the rythm and level of the group.
You will realise as soon as you arrive that Oslo is sorrounded by mountains, so you may be worried about the slopes… Don’t panic! The itinerary goes mainly in flat areas or friendly slopes, and we have enough time to do it.
We will visit:
Gamlebyen- The Medieval Park -Kvadraturen – The Akershus Fortress – The City Hall – Aker Brygge – Vika – Frogner – The Vigeland’s Park – Telthusbakken – Damstredet – The Akerselva River – Grünerløkka – Grønland – Kampen – The Opera House
Check out their website for more information and booking here: www.alternativoslo.com
This is the best day of the year! On June 2 there will be 30 stages all around Oslo City centre. Every stage has it’s own music style so you can easily pick your favorite and listen to good music the whole day. All the conserts are free! See www.musikkfest.no and pick your liking!
You can check the weather for the day on www.yr.no.
Enjoy the day! (Ps.: The Use-it office is open this day, as always on Saturdays:))
May 17th is our national day, so you should really go out and see the city that day! This is the most celebrated day of the whole year where we celebrate the signing of the Norwegian constitution from 1814! On May 17th all norwegians go out in the streets to celebrate.
The children will be walking in parades from ca. 10-13 around in the city. 112 schools will be participating in the parade in the city center from Akershus fortress – Torgata – Youngstorget – Stortorvet – and the last stop: the Norwegian Castle where the royal family greets the parade from the palace balcony. (You can try to sneak in to the train and wave to the royal family.)
And you can also check out the norwegian “russ” (graduates from secondary school who have been celebrating since the end of April) from ca. 15-17 in the afternoon at Youngstorget.
We all have several things we usually do this day so here is a checklist for you guys to try out:
- Start around 9 o’clock
- Eat salmon and eggs for breakfast with some water or wine – whichever you prefer:)
- Dress up
- Go outside an check out the children’s parade
- Buy a Norwegian flag and wave it:)
- eat a “wienerpølse i brød” (a sausage/hotdog in bread or potato cake)
- Eat an ice cream
- See the “russ” parade/arrangement
- Say “Hipp hipp hurray”!!
- …and this year, make sure to bring a raincoat because they say it will rain!
We hope you will enjoy the day as much as we will! “Hipp hipp hurra!”