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Oslo is the capital of Norway and is famous for its quality of life, its maritime setting, and its abundance of arts and culture.
If you are looking for a hostel in Oslo, you should try to stay in one of the central boroughs, namely Sentrum, Gamle Oslo, or Grünerløkka. All three of them are very clean and safe neighborhoods with cute and well-kept buildings and lots of sights, museums, and parks. Note that Oslo hostels can be pretty expensive.
Oslo Gardermoen airport is located 45 kilometers outside of the city and it takes only 20 minutes to reach the city center by express train. There are also several bus services available. Oslo is also served by the airports of Torp and Rygge, which are a bit farther away but still within reach. You might find a bargain flight if you accept to fly into one of those two. Getting around in Oslo is no problem at all since there is an extensive public transport system which will take you anywhere you want to go.
While in Oslo, do not miss the Royal Palace, Stortinget (the Parliament), and the Akershus Fortress. For arts and design, head to the impressive National Museum, take a stroll in the Vigeland Sculpture Park on a sunny day, visit the museum dedicated to famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, and check out the Astrup Fearnley Museum for young and cutting-edge art. You can also enjoy the scenic views at the harbour and maybe catch an opera at the National Theatre before returning to your Oslo hostel.
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"Anker Hostel is a modern, lively place that appears to be very popular with backpackers in a city where accommodation is very expensive. The whole block is owned by “Anker” and there’s a more luxurious Hotel Anker next door (we had read one review of the hostel in which the writer got an upgrade to the hotel -- sadly we weren’t so lucky) as well as an internet café a couple of doors down and an Italian restaurant that serves low cost...
HI - Oslo Haraldsheim Hostel
"The Haraldsheim hostel is ok. It is expensive (even for Norway) and a long way out of town. The only real choice is getting tram four to Sinsenkrysset but the way is not very well signposted. If you are coming from Oslo Gardermoen airport it is probably easier (and quicker and cheaper) to get the bus to Grefsen station and walk around the corner to the hostel. Being four kilometers out of town would not be a problem if there was no curfew at...
Sentrum Pensjonat Hostel
"The Sentrum Pensjonat youth hostel is ideally located in the heart of Oslo and is a good value stop for any backpacker looking for a real bed with decent linen and a friendly atmosphere. The Location The hostel is centrally located and is only five minutes' walk from the central railway station. Once you've found your bearings and checked the map, it's easy to find. It's right in the heart of the city and although there are rumors of...
Oslo Vandrerhjem Holtekilen
"The Holtekilen Youth Hostel is located 8 km from the centre of Oslo, just off E18 and 8 min. walking distance to TELENOR ARENA. The hostel is situated in quiet and green surroundings with Holtekilen, a part of the Oslo Fjord, close by. The rooms have 1-5 beds, all with hot and cold running water, some with private shower/wc. Breakfast is included in the price. Bring your own bed sheets or rent from us for NOK 60,- pr. person....
Oslo Hostel/Hotel Apartments
"…We also offer indoor 24 hour secured parking at a charge of 210,- NOK per vehicle per day Extras/Optional Costs: Breakfast - 75 NOK pr. person per breakfast. Parking (indoor) - 210 NOK pe
Oslo Airport Hostel - Gardermoen
"… about 5km from the terminal, Oslo Airport Hostel Gardermoen is set in the attractive surroundings of Gardermoen Cultural Park - home to the Ullensaker Museum, the Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection and the SAS Museum. The hostel has 92 comfortable rooms, all with shower, toilet, flat screen TV and a desk, and facilities include kitchen, laundry, Wi-Fi and Internet access. Oslo Airport Hostel Gardermoen also has a range of superior...
Oslo Hostel Central
"…00 pm Check out: 11:00 am Cancellation Policy: 1 day Credit Cards accepted Breakfast is included Taxes Included" …"…Another solution is to take the express train Flytoget for 170NOK. The j
"Good staff but furniture needs a refurbishment - The staff were friendly and really helpful. However I didn't like to bother them for them to mak me a tea one evening. The TV lounge really comfortable but under populated. The TV in my room wasn't working. Not sure if a TV in a hostel room is a good idea anyway -- probably not. I don't trust wooden furniture in hostels after taking a bedbug infestation home from me one time. Old, unkempt...
HI - Oslo Rønningen Hostel
"This place provided me with one of the strangest nights of my life. I slept on a gymnasium floor on a flimsy mat with many very hairy men. The man next to me snored loudly. A nearby fellow laid bare on his mat wearing nothing but black bikini briefs. Another gent was having some kind of night tremors and began shouting, flailing and muttering in a foreign tongue. I was afraid most of the night. If you are a female travelling alone, find...
My City Home Hotel & Studio Apartments
"… there's only a five minute walk to the fjord. My City Home is the perfect place to stay if you want a home away from home when visiting Oslo. You can choose to make your own meals, or use the My City Home discount in one of the many restaurants in the neighbourhood. We also have a modern conference room for 6-8 people to let. Superior Hotel Apartment in Kirkegata 30 is our largest apartment, two of them have with a French balcony from...
"Anker Apartment is a brand new property in Oslo city centre. You will find all the facilities of a hotel with all the comfort you need to feel at home. All private rooms have a kitchenette where you can prepare your own food. The dorms have common facilities like kitchen, showers, toilets. Please note : Cancellation policy : 24h Check in : 15.00 Check out : 11.00 Breakfast not included Taxes included Credit...
"… offered in three categories: Best rooms, Standard Rooms and Value Rooms. Some of the Best Rooms and Standard Rooms have a kitchenette, others have a boiler and fridge. The Value Rooms have a bathroom in the corridor and no cooking facilities. All rooms are non-smoking. Breakfast is not included. However, most rooms have a small tea kitchen, and guests can buy breakfast packages at a special price at Kaffebrenneriet on the ground...
"…Be it the plethora of museums and art exhibitions close to the waterfront or the boutiques of the inner city, everything is in reach! The nightlife around is colorful and rich, and if that is no
Best Western Kampen Hotel
"…Check in : 15.00 Check out : 12.00 Cancellation policy : 48h Credit cards accepted If paid by cash, a 3000NOK deposit is required Breakfast not included Taxes included" …"…20 minutes trave
"MS Innvik has a great location and is a fun place to stay in Oslo. It is located a short, five- to ten-minute walk from Central Station. At the front of the station, facing the street and large clock tower, you turn left, crossing two streets. At the third street you'll see a bridge walkway, it is impossible to cross the street otherwise (due to a large barrier in center of street). Cross this bridge walkway and you will end up in a parking...
Oslo Travel Tips & Suggestions
This is a nice city but not the best in Norway. Don't miss the Frogner Park (also known as Vigeland Park). I've become a Vigeland's fan since I was in Oslo! You also have to visit the open air Folklore Museum, the Viking Boats Museum, and Akersus. And there's an amazing comics store in the train station!
I love this city! It's the best place on earth! Try and visit in January or mid-winter when there aren't too many tourists. The locals will happily show you around town. Some people probably won't get the ironic, self-deprecating attitude though.
Charming atmosphere and great jazz and rock bars! Frogner Park is just amazing.
Oslo's fantastic! Brilliant sight-seeing, delicious food, and it's really easy to get around. The Munch museum is a must if you like art and Frogner park really impressive. Just take care if you go near Skippergata at night. Otherwise, an excellent place for holiday!
Great city and a brilliant place for a holiday. However, avoid Skippergata, between Karl Johans gate and the harbour. It's a really bad area, especially at night!
We loved Norway, despite the high prices! Oslo is the most beutiful city i've ever seen. Be sure to go to Burgen: the train trip is amazing (book a seat in advance), and go to the market for free samples galore including smoked whale meat! As far as food goes, vegetarians be warned: there is not much for you in Norway. Supermarkets are easy to find (Oslo train station has 3 in it!) and you can survive on cheap chocolate chip cookies and bananas...
— Tesh N Ben
It's so cool there you don't wanna leave!
In reality, you really don't need to know a word of Norwegian to successfully get around Oslo or Norway in general. Know that "Heisann" is hello and takk (pronounced "tuck") is thank you. Everyone there speaks English. Also, ladies, Norwegian boys are hot and have cute accents.
— Lille Amerikaner
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