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Things to do in Oslo on a budget

Oslo has long been known as one of the most expensive cities in the world, but as a visitor the city is not short on cheap or even free things to do.

Walk along the harbor

The harbor is a beautiful place at all times of the year, but is perhaps best enjoyed during summer when you can buy an ice cream, sit down at one of the many benches and enjoy the view overlooking the islands and boats docked at the harbor.

At the very end of the harbor is Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, a privately owned contemporary art gallery.

Stroll through the shopping streets

The main shopping street in Oslo begins just outside the train station, making it very easy to find for those arriving by train.

The street is quite long and stretades all the way to the King’s castle, but you should also make sure to check out the side streets that are lined with more shops for a complete shopping experience.

Visit the Vigeland Park

When walking around Oslo you’ll find that the city is very fond of statues. Located in the most unexpected places, you’ll find all sorts of statues in every size and shape scattered around the city. But Vigeland Park is perhaps the place most famous for its statues. The Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is free to visit year round. The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 (naked) sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron.


Rather than dining on the main street in the town center, take a walk up to Grünerløkka, a bustling area packed with interesteing restaurants, bars and cafes ilning the streets next to boutiques and vintage shops. It’s one of the hippest areas where locals like to hang out, and you’ll probably find that the quality is better for the price you pay here than in the touristy parts of Oslo.

Find the cheap supermarkets

One thing you might find surprising is that the supermarkets don’t necessarily have the cheapest prices. In fact, the food prices are pretty much the same if not more than your local convenience store (not counting in 7-eleven).

If you’re looking for fresh fruit and veggies, your best option is to visit ———, where there are several great shops selling loads of fresh fruit and veggies for very competitiwe prices, sometimes half the price of that in supermarkets.

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