In Spring of 2016, Annika and I travelled to the Norwegian Arctic in search of every Arctic geographers dream – snow and ice. We were taking a masters course in remote sensing at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) – the worlds northernmost university centre located at 78°N.
On our way, we made a few stopovers in London, Copenhagen, and Oslo. While in Oslo, we met up with another Canadian friend and all three of us were hosted by a couchsurfer. Oslo is an expensive city for students so couchsurfing was a great alternative to paying the big bucks for a hotel/hostel. We played tourists for a couple days and explored a few museums and neighbourhoods. Here were some of the highlights:
- The Viking Ship Museum: By far the coolest museum displaying old Viking ships and treasures. This museum was only a short bus ride from Oslo Central Station and the entrance fee was discounted to 50 NOK for students. There were a few other museums in the same area that are also worth checking out, including the Fram Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum.
- The Vigeland Park: This is a beautiful park to cruise around and features the must-see naked sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. They’re super weird – but extremely intricate and interesting.
Annika and I loved Norway so much that we are now back for round two and just in time for the dark season. Our second stopover in Oslo was brief but we were able to explore the Oslo Opera House. Also for round two, we decided to stay in an Airbnb and found a great place close to Oslo Central Station for the equivalent of $100 CAD/night. It was worth it for the jetlagged nap.
Viking Ship Museum