Oslo City – an amazing city, a great city, a city you should probably visit
Ok, hello my fellow goats! And maybe there are a few here sheepies to? That’s totally fine, you can join as well; aren’t we like pretty much the same species anyway? Here we go now – bleat it like you mean it! This blog post is about Oslo City: It includes recommendations on what do while you’re here, a brief history, and the general weather patterns throughout the year.
History – straight from a goat’s mouthOslo is Norway’s capital and most populous city. It was founded in the year 1040 and established as a trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardarda. From 1397, Norway came under Danish control twice and then under Swedish control from 1814 to 1905. Some say this reduced the influence of Norway. This depends on if you see Scandinavia as many competing countries, or more as one whole. Ironically, when Norway was granted its “freedom” they were given a Danish king, as Norway had no royal family. Since then Oslo has thrived, due to Norway’s huge oil profits and an influential shipping industry. Oslo is an important centre for companies within the maritime sector, and is home to some of the worlds largest shipping businesses. Oslo is also a pilot city of the Council of Europe and the European Commissions – Intercultural Cities Programme. Oslo is considered a Beta World City and is ranked number one in terms of quality of life among European large cites.
Weather«Don´t forget to pack your jacket and thermals even in the summer; temperatures can reach 30 degrees but Norway is by no means a tropical paradise.” – Excerpt from the Mad Goat Handbook.
- Spring is always a random time of year. The seasons get a little bit confused and have to brainstorm before figuring things out. This season rears its wild head anytime between early April to the beginning of May – although snow in late May is not unheard of. Anyway, as soon as it gets above 10 degrees most Norwegians take this as the onset of summer and can be seen walking around in very unseasonal clothing. Beautiful crisp and clear days will “hopefully” characterise this season!
- Summer: During the summer months the sun doesn’t really like to leave the sky. He or maybe the sun is a she, or a he-she – confusing right – might take a quick nap behind a hill; but just like an energetic baby goat, the sun will be bouncing around the sky in no time. The first summer I spent in Norway wasn’t exactly easy on my sleeping patterns. What I’m saying is bring an eye-patch for woolly mammoths sake! Thunderstorms, sun showers and even hot clear days are commonplace during summer.
- Autumn can be a fantastic time of year in Oslo: Beautiful leafy colours and days so clear that you feel as if you could almost reach out a touch the sky. These days can be cold in the morning, as all the heat has escaped into the sky during the cloudless nights. Around midday it has reached a comfortable temperature, which is well suited to all kinds of activities. Remember that when you live in Norway, anything over 10 degrees is warm, so just keep that in mind. It can take awhile to acclimatize, but once you do, you will be subject to the infamous “heat-grumpiness syndrome” anytime temperatures rise above 25 degrees – remain calm and jump in a kayak.
- Winter: Cold as freak and not recommend…Unless, of course, you are a shaggy mountain goat with a body of ice and iron, with a will as strong as the roots of an ancient oak, and the strength of a Norwegian Half-Ork. – Oh, and even if you meet these criteria, it is wise to bring vitamin D, omega 3 and some harden the frizzle up supplements.
|Mild Winter||Eyelids frozen shut 10x||Icy/painful breaths taken 300x||Fell over by slipping on ice 15x|
|Cold Winter||Eyelids frozen shut 20x||Icy/painful breaths taken 500x||Fell over by slipping on ice 25x|
|Very cold Winter||Eyelids frozen shut 30x||Icy/painful breaths taken 750x||Fell over by slipping on ice 50x|
Places to see
- Frognerparken is nothing short of amazing: Hundreds of life-like statues doing weird shit, It just doesn’t get better than this. Frogner Park is a perfect place to hang out on a summer’s day. You have “Frognerbådet” (an outdoor swimming area), lots of magnificent trees, flowers and green stuff. Take your time, breath in the beauty and replenish your travel beaten soul – oh, but watch out for the notorious toe-eating frogs.
- If you’re into excessive displays of wealth and the lingering but still influential affects of monarchy, then Slotts Parken (The Royal Palace Park) is the place for you. No, but seriously, it’s a lovely park with bright flowers and lovely old trees. Again, drink in the serenity, lay back and look at the twinkling rays of sun through the leaves – you’re on holiday after all. Namaste.
- Edvard Munch was a famous Norwegian painter. He is well known for his intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes, which went on to greatly influence late 19th century Symbolism and German Expressionism in the early 20th century. One of his most famous works is called – The Scream. If you’re an arty type then this is probably already high on your agenda, but also if you just like seeing meaningful colours splashed on canvas – then this will probably get your pulse above 60bpm.
- Just west of down town Oslo, Aker Brygge is a funky place to visit. There is an old navel fortress that you cannot miss, and I would definitely recommend checking it out. Other than that, you have the ferries that can take you on a tour of Oslo fjord and its islands. I cannot over-rate this service, since the ferries are part of the cities public transport system, they are really cheap and operate almost around the clock. Aker Brygge is also known for its up-scale bars and restaurants. WARNING: If you´re not from Norway, you will be outraged at the price of beer. Please try to stay calm and refrain yourself from throwing a huge tantrum and running out of the facility – even though it is well justified.
- The Vulkan area used to be an industry-intensive area located on the banks of the Akerselva River. In recent years you could say it has had given up its old dirty habits, and embraced a more sustainable way of life.Innovative and environmentally friendly buildings now characterise this area. An energy company have dug 300-metre geothermal wells and built offices that have extensive solar energy systems. To top that off, a group of architects have designed two large beehives in the area. Vulkan is definitely a place to check out, it is also known for its Food Hall (Mathallen), various bars, restaurants and cafes.