Oslo, Norway

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Oslo Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Oslo harbourYou've visited the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower, and marveled at the panoramic views at the very top of the jump – secretly relieved that as a tourist and not an Olympian, you do not have to speed down the precariously high tower, with its dizzying slope, balanced on top of two pieces of wood strapped onto your ankles. You've posed among the beautiful statues at Vigeland Sculpture Park and Vigeland Museum, as your travel buddy, who you assigned to be the designated photographer for the day competes with the crowds for your perfect shot. You've taken a guided tour of King Håkon V's Akershus Fortress, and admired not only the gorgeous location at the end of a headland, but the grand medieval architecture. Oslo has so many unique sights and activities to offer the visitor, and some of those don't require you paying a single penny.

Fed up with shelling out for another museum?

AkerhusFortressWhat about a day at an amusement park? Ever wanted to feel weightless? The ThunderCoaster at Norway's premier amusement park, TusenFryd Amusement Park, is your answer. Ever wanted to know what 4G vertical forces feel like? Hop on Scandinavia's most remarkable rollercoaster, the SpeedMonster, and go from zero to ninety in two seconds. If that thought makes you sweat, make a splash at the water park on the SuperSplash! You can get discounted tickets to the park if you hold an Oslo Pass, which also covers entry to a whole range of museums, sights, activities and very importantly, free public transport and parking. This is a great way to save money if you know that you are trying to cram as many sights as possible into as little time as possible.

Want to meet some new local four-legged friends?

How about a horse-drawn sleigh ride? Lie in the warmth of a sheep or reindeer fur lined sled and explore the woods on a dark winters night under a galaxy of stars. Look up and take in the sheer vastness of the world around you. Don't forget those gloves and scarves to stay toasty. Absolutely breath-taking! Share this moment with someone special.

Want something a little more hands on and adrenaline-inducing? Taking your athletic buddies, in the form of an adorable husky team, out for a run? Feel the wind in your hair as you glide across the vast open spaces past spectacular frozen lakes and waterfalls, in the heart and soul of the mountains. Finish off your dog sledding adventure with some steaming hot beverages in a traditional wooden lavvo. There is nothing quite like warming your hands around an open fire on a freezing evening at the top of the world.

You've saved on accommodation…

State TheatreSo why not treat yourself to spa day? You are in Scandinavia after all! Relax in a wood-fired sauna in the mountains or by the ocean, followed by a hot soak in a heated oasis and the chilling exhilaration of a cold pool. Try Zen Resort and Spa with its Nordic sauna and Turkish baths, set in the pristine wilderness of Norway's backwoods, Farris Bad by the sea, or Artesia Spa at the Grand Hotel Oslo for its gorgeous themed mood-lighting – the last option is the most centrally located but it is well-worth the drive to the scenic paradises of the other two options.

If you have a couple of days free, hire a car and stay a night or two in the romantic little town of Lillehammer. Picture perfect and right on nature's doorstep, the town offers a myriad of outdoor activities ranging from fishing to hiking to Jorekstad waterpark in warmer months and snow activities such as skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding, sleigh rides and the magical Hunderfossen Winterpark. There are warm weather and cold weather versions of everything so you are absolutely covered!

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