Norway is a Winter Wonderland definitely worth going to. A lot of travellers are put off because of how expensive it is – which is true, ESPECIALLY when converting into New Zealand currency. I spent $20NZ at the airport on a piece of toast with some veggies on it. Yikes. But fear not, if you’re tight with coin but want to visit the beautiful Nordic city, I have 6 things you can do which are cheap and cheerful.
The National Museum. This is the first thing I recommend because it is amazing. As someone who loves all things art, I’ve been to a gallery of every city I’ve every been too. This gallery is awesome because it has world renowned art, and unlike places like Paris or London, the gallery isn’t busy. We waltzed right in and viewed Edvard Munch’s The Scream. That’s right, The Scream. y’know one of the world’s most famous and recognisable paintings just casually on display and we got to view it with like 2 other people in the room.
It’s about $20 NZ (£10) entry and totally worth it.
- Go Thrifting Downtown. because Norway is one of the richest countries in the world, (so rich they don’t WANT to be in the EU because it would only bring them down) it follows that their opp-shops would be filled with treasure, and they are. The ones we found were set out like boutique shops, and even though they weren’t as cheap as the Salvos, you could still pick up some great bargains.
- Go for a walk around the Winter Wonderland. If it’s Christmas time (or winter) there will be a very beautiful Winter Wonderland in the city centre. There are markets, and ice skating and some rides. I’m not sure if you have to pay for the rides, but getting a cup of coco or cider and walking around is a wholesome experience in itself and there is lots to see.
- While you’re walking around, make sure you go down to the Harbour Promenade.
It’s about a 20 minute walk from the central station and very beautiful. Toted as combining sight-seeing, art, history and architecture, there is plenty to take in.
- Watch the changing of the guards. This won’t be as cool to watch if you’re from the UK and have witnessed it many of times, but it’s pretty interesting for us Kiwi’s to see.