I’m really excited to interview Jonathan Verhaeghe of Joney Talks about Oslo, Norway. Jonathan’s tips for the best things to do in Oslo are awesome because they help us explore the culture, diversity, and delicious food of Norway. Although it is cold in the winter, the summer days are long and beautiful so you have extra hours to explore without it getting dark.
Oslo is the southern portion of Norway. Norway is one of three Scandinavian countries in the northern section of Europe. Norway is bordered by Sweden, the Norwegian Sea, and the North Sea.
Jonathan says that the best time of year to visit Oslo is from May through August. This way you can enjoy the outdoors and experience all of the outdoor events, such as festivals and concerts.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Oslo, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
When you visit, consider buying the Oslo Pass. It provides free entry to 30 museums and attractions, plus free travel on all public transport, entry to outdoor swimming pools, and walking tours. Passholders also receive discounts at many other attractions and restaurants.
Best places to stay in Oslo
Here are the best places to stay in Oslo.
- Hotel Bristol (reviews) – As a local I have not slept at many hotels in Oslo, never the less my parents have enjoyed the Bristol hotel
- Lysebu – I have had the chance to sleep at the Lysebu hotel outside the city centre in the Frogner area and I would definitely recommend those places
- Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus (reviews) – I have had the chance to sleep at the Clarion hotel in the Frogner area and I would definitely recommend those places.
- Cochs Pension (reviews) – For a tighter budgets, check out airbnb or Cochs Pensjonat or Anker hostel
- Anker Hostel (reviews) – For a tighter budgets, check out airbnb or Cochs Pensjonat or Anker hostel.
Getting around Oslo, Norway
The local airport is Oslo Airport, which is 50 kilometers northeast of the city center. It would take approximately 40 minutes to drive. Or you can take the express train and be there in about 20 minutes.
Jonathan says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber Black is available, but the more economical versions are not. The city center can easily be explored by walking or using public transportation. The Oslo Pass provides free travel on all public transportation.
If you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Jonathan Verhaeghe about Oslo, Norway. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Oslo, Norway
- Green dots = best things to do in Oslo, Norway
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Oslo, Norway
Who is Jonathan Verhaeghe?
Jonathan is a procurement professional who is currently living in Luxembourg. He came to Oslo after finishing his college studies to start his career as an intern for an IT company. Jonathan lived in Oslo for 10 years and loved the outdoors and variety of activities.
In his spare time, Jonathan blogs about personal finance on his website Joney Talks. His website is a blend of personal finance articles, money book reviews, and discussions about blockchain & cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin).
Here are a couple of articles that he’s written:
- How to figure out the value of your time?
- The one financial lifehack you need to start applying today
- The book I wish I´d read in my 20s
As you can tell, his writing is a valuable resource for anyone that is interested in personal finance and life hacks to improve your money situation.
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What’s your favorite part of Oslo, Norway? Let us know in the comment section below or continue the discussion in our Facebook group!
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