I'm back! I've just had a week to get back into the swing of things after our little escape to Oslo, so I think now is the time to finally write the post about it! While I was there I did my first ever vlog which was way beyond cringeworthy but the video actually turned out pretty nice, if I do say so myself!
Ok, so first things first, let's get the basics out of the way. We flew with Ryanair into Rygge airport which is about an hour outside of Oslo (would you really expect anything less from Ryanair?) and got the bus to the hotel, on the way back we got the train but to be honest its just as easy either way and works out about the same price (€15 each way per person). Flights to Oslo are crazy cheap, I think I paid €13 each way per person which is less than a taxi to the airport costs!
Accomodation can be crazy expensive or else crazy small in the city centre. Oslo is about the same size as Dublin so you can pretty much walk anywhere, all of the hotels are fairly central. Just keep an eye to the room size because they're all about these super economical hotel rooms that are tiny tiny tiny. We stayed in Citybox which was very very central (about a 2 minute walk from the Opera House) and had comfortable sized rooms. We paid 3395 NOK for three nights which works out at about €120 a night which is a very standard price over there. Which brings me on to my next point....
Coat - Meadows and Byrne
Scarf - Prague Market Stall
It is insanely expensive over there. We're talking €50 for a bottle of house wine expensive. There's a great app called Visit Oslo that we used a lot that has all the entrance prices for museums and tours, that was very handy but bizarrely it's stuff like bottles of water and snacks that were crazy prices. Alcohol was also nearly prohibitively priced.
Shoes - Dunnes Stores
Top - New Look
It is cold over there for sure, when we were there, there was a lot of snow and it was about one degree. There is absolutely no wind though so it doesn't feel that cold. We went in our normal coats and shoes that we would wear at home and at no point did we feel like we needed anything heavier.
The food was next level. Everywhere. Absolutely the best thing about Oslo was the incredible restaurants and amazing fresh fish! We ate in Lokk the first night, Rent Mel the second and then Brasserie Paleo on our last night. Brasserie Paleo was very expensive but without doubt our favourite of the three. We were also treated to some amazing sushi by the NYX team on our second night but I can't for the life of me remember what the restaurant was called!!
Polo Neck - Topshop
Glasses - Bershka
Oslo is super laid back and casual when it comes to fashion. To be honest the entire city looks like a COS catelogue and every single person was dressed so simply and so well. We didn't do any shopping over there because it was so dear but all of the stores definitely had a real pared back simplistic vibe to them. That's an aesthetic that I love, so it was great to see that what our perception of nordic fashion is was correct!
We did a lot of the usual touristy craic like checking out the opera house and visiting a few museums. We managed to catch a Mapplethorpe exhibition of his most famous works the day before the anniversary of his death which was really special, and we also got to see a few Damien Hirst pieces in the permanent collection of the modern art museum.
We also got to go along to the VIP event in the new NYX store in Oslo. This was an absolutely gas night with my fav Maria Malone ! We had a great catch up and myself and Cró were nursing some seriously sick hangovers the next morning! That was such a great and unexpected little addition to the trip! They also gave me a few bits that I hadn't tried before so I'll be back soon with a first impressions video on the liquid suedes!
I kept it fairly casual the whole time I was over there, we only brought hand luggage and a lot of that was taken up with a spare pair of shoes and a few jumpers so there wasn't much room to play around with! My fav outfit for sure though is my jumper dress from COS with this amazing necklace from Folkster. I also absolutely lived in these boots from Carvela over there, they're deceptively comfy and sturdy for walking about all day! The only makeup I brought was the full Dolce Vita and Sophisticate looks from Charlotte Tilbury!
So that's pretty much the whole trip summed up! This trip was Cró's birthday present so it was fun to go somewhere a bit different! He's written a post about it too which you can read here.
There's loads of travel posts coming up over the year so let me know what you liked and didn't like about this one!