God's Own Country - Kerala, India

 
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Contributor:
 Nicola

Nationality:
 British

Social Links:
Instagram: @nikkiinwanderlust #nikkiinwanderlust

Age Group:
 30-40 years

Gender:
 Female

Travel Style:
 backpacking, luxury, adventure, relaxing

 

Destination: Kerala, India

After a hectic couple of weeks in the golden triangle and Varanasi, and with my newly accidentally dyed pink hair from Holi celebrations, we took a domestic flight down to Kerala in Southern India for some chill out time.  The contrast of Kerala to what we had seen in the jungle and the cities was dramatic. It was so lush and green here, and the calming effects of being surrounded by water was felt in the atmosphere. 

We decided to stay in a small hotel next to the sea called 36 palms. It has a lovely swimming pool right next to the sea, Ayurvedic massage treatments and they can also arrange cooking lessons and other activities. The local yoga school also run early morning and evening yoga sessions - they come to the hotel so that you can do the class on the outside area next to the pool and right by the sea. The sound of the waves can be heard throughout the yoga session which adds to the experience.  There is a small restaurant that does cheap home cooked dinners which were absolutely mouthwatering. Kerala is abundant with freshly caught fish, deliciously flavoured with Indian spices. Kerala also has strict alcohol laws - the locals generally don’t drink alcohol and only the larger hotels sell it, so this was also a nice opportunity for a bit of a detox!

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We organised a beautiful tour of the backwaters with a small local company called Muziris Holidays - Mr. Lal, the owner, was an amazing guide, and very proud of his beautiful Kettuvallam (also called a Rice Boat), which transported us around the stunning tropical backwaters of Kerala.  As we were the only ones on the boat, we also had the opportunity to drop off at a small village in Cochin where a family showed us how their house, and how they make garments to sell using a loom which was subsidised by the government, as well as sampling the fruit, herbs and spices in their garden.  The boat trip was definitely a fantastic way to experience the backwaters and a highlight of our time in this stunning part of India.  

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During our time here, we also took the opportunity to walk along the coastline - it was a great way to see everyday life in the fishing villages. The enormous Chinese fishing nets are dotted all along the shoreline, and are a unique sight in India. They were introduced by Chinese explorers in the 14th century, and can require up to six fishermen to operate them.  Women laying small fish out to dry in the sun that the men had caught, was also a regular sight. 

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The people in Kerala were very friendly, and visitors are received with a warm welcome.  The backwaters of Kerala are so calm, tranquil and tropical - it was the perfect end to a very busy trip in India. 

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Kittila - Its Cold Up There - Finish Lapland

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Read a review on one of the more unique destinations to visit - a land of ice, snow, adventure and beauty..........Finish Lapland.

 

Contributor:
Nicola

Nationality:
British

Social Links:
Instagram: @nikkiinwanderlust
#nikkiinwanderlust

Age Group:
30-40 years

Gender:
Female

Travel Style:
backpacking, luxury, adventure, relaxing - all types!

 

Destination: Levi, Finish Lapland - Finland

To get to Finnish Lapland, we took a flight to Kittilä via Helsinki. While at passport control in Helsinki, the customs officer looked at my boarding pass and said in an ominous voice “Kittilä - it’s cold up there”.  Little did I realise, that this was a massive understatement. 

We stayed in Levi, which was a twenty minute drive from Kittilä, and checked into Hotel K5.  We arrived quite late, so after trying out the sauna in our room, we relaxed with some glögi by the fire in the hotel bar.  The centre of town is a short walk away from several restaurants, the ski slope, and a snowmobile rental shop.  As it was January, the sun never really rose above the horizon, and the temperature dropped to -35°C! As soon as we got outside, our eyelashes and hairs on our face would freeze! So if you plan to come at this time of year, pack thermals and good winter weather gear! 

Its so cold, your eyelashes freeze!

Its so cold, your eyelashes freeze!

One evening we rented snowmobiles and went out and explored the forest area.  There were loads of trails, and we spent a few hours getting lost on them and then finding our way back. It was so much fun. The snow was so deep and lakes were frozen, making it perfect snowmobiling conditions.  This is one activity that you must try if you go anywhere with good snow! 

Snowmobiles in the evenings

Snowmobiles in the evenings

The ski slope in Levi is lovely. It’s not too busy, and isn’t pretentious like other ski resorts can sometimes appear. It has a chilled vibe and has an amazing bar and restaurant at the top with a beautiful view and roaring fire - perfect for Après Ski. 

The beautiful ski slopes of Levi

The beautiful ski slopes of Levi

A short drive away was a company that offered husky rides. What a fantastic experience, and another activity that we would definitely recommend. The huskies were beautiful and well looked after, and took us for an amazing ride through beautiful forests and countryside.  Another short drive away was the Arctic Snow Hotel - we didn’t stay there but were lucky enough to be attending a wedding in the Ice Chapel. It was such a unique and beautiful place - each room is decorated differently, and the art work involved in creating the hotel and chapel each year was astounding.  

Alternative modes of transport in the snow

Alternative modes of transport in the snow

Sami Hut, near the Arctic Snow Hotel

Sami Hut, near the Arctic Snow Hotel

Lapland was such a brilliant destination. There were fun activities, and the scenery was stunning and the snow was beautiful - it actually sparkled like glitter when it fell and the flakes were star shaped.  We’d recommend Lapland to everybody - it’s such a unique and beautiful part of the world. Just make sure that you take some warm clothing. Remember, “Kittilä - it’s cold up there”. 

Star shaped snow flakes.........

Star shaped snow flakes.........

Tenerife, Canary Islands - Exploring Tenerife's Colours

 
 
 

Contributor:
Chiara

Nationality:
UK

Social Links:
Instagram: @apocketfullofwanderlust
Website: www.apocketfullofwanderlust.wordpress.com

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Gender:
Female

Travel Style:
Travel Blogger

 

Destination: Tenerife, Canary Islands. May 2017.

Day 1:

I decided to escape for a while from the lovely London weather ( generally we all know how it is in London  ), so I packed my stuff and I flighted to this amazing, beautiful canary island: Tenerife!

Most people think going to a nice hotel, having some cocktails and enjoying the sunset is the proper way to feel the island’s spirit. While this is actually relaxing, I think going by yourself on a road trip up through the island is far better.

Free to go wherever I wanted and stop anytime I desired, I had an amazing experience not only visiting places where nature is the keyword, but also having the opportunity to meet some island’s habitants who told me a lot about the history, the climate, the gastronomy and beautiful places to discover.

Let’s check it out together!!!

 
 

For those of you who want to see and discover the highlights of Tenerife,  you can either rent a car ( https://www.travelsupermarket.com/en-gb/car-hire/spain/canary-islands/tenerife/  ) or to visit by bus ( http://www.titsa.com/index.php/en/   it’s the main public transport that travels all over the island).

From the south to the north you’re gonna enjoy the trip since you have two different kinds of views and colours to look at. On one side the rugged and steep coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and its deep blue; on the other one instead, the Spain’s highest mountain, mount Teide, a slumbering giant volcano (Earth’s third highest volcano) followed by mountains and volcanic valleys.

One of these valleys is Guìmar, one of the Tenerife’s oldest towns and one of the first areas to be settled by the Spanish. Next to me on the bus, there was this old man (born in the island ) that, noticing my curiosity, started to tell me some stories.

He told me about Guìmar, famous for its Guanche pyramids built from lava stone without any human’s help. There were 9 of them, but unfortunately only 6 survived. He told me about its plantation of sugar, potatoes and avocados and, above all, he told me that in the early morning he’s used to go to the port of Guimar for fishing and to wish himself good luck ( but forget about saying to a fisherman have a good day ), he performs a short fish dance! I’m still hoping one day I’m gonna see him doing it. 

Puerto De La Cruz:

I got lost. It was sooo me! Everytime I don’t know exactly where I’m going, I usually find something amazing… in this case I explored the old part of the town. A walk in there allowed me to discover quite places, a delicious smell coming from tapas bars, the 1632 catholic church which is La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Pena de Francia, the castle of San Felipe, the Convento de San Juan Baptista, a fresh cut grass smell and just in front of me… the ocean! Not that bad for someone who got lost 

Puerto de la Cruz’s always been popular between tourists and it’s one of the top destination of the Canary Islands, but now I understand why. It’s an oasi of green land and tropical fruits plantation ( in fact, nothing’s better than drinking a fresh natural pineapple juice, while you’re enjoying the tropical weather ).

I’ve found this town very characteristic with its narrow streets and traditional cafès and tapas bars. If you’re a tired traveller looking for some tranquility and culture, that’s a very nice place to visit. There’s the Lago Martianez (designed by architect and artist César Manrique), which is a water park with lots of swimming pools and a salt water lake where even the stones in the floor got their own geological history. Everything’s surrounded by a sub-tropical garden!!! It looks like a paradise and it actually is!

Puerto de la Cruz is also famous for the beautiful Jardin Botànico and Playa Jardìn, a beach full of palm trees and volcanic black sand. I figured it out that its name symbolises the rich environment of flowers and plant life and It’s a great place to take some amazing pictures!

 
 
 
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Another reason that makes Puerto de la Cruz a top destination is Loro Parque, an animal adventure park with lots of sea animals, but above all it houses the largest parrot collection in the whole world.

 
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And that was just the first day!

Day 2:

First in Europe, second in the world, Loro Parque is an amazing animal themepark located in Puerto de la Cruz.  Mainly famous for its parrots collection, it also houses dolphins, California sea lions, orcas, giant Galapagos tortoises, iguanas, jaguars, penguins and many more!

You can easily get there thanks to the special Loro Parque Bus or the Shuttle Express, but anyway I recommend you this Tenerife Travel Guide before arriving there. Don’t know you guys, but I always wanna know how to take the best from every place without missing anything! 

 
 

From the moment your visit begins, its gonna be like stepping into another world when go through the Thai themed entrance, where you can explore Katandra Treetops, the Thai Village and a magical kingdom.

First animals I saw were parrots in their amazing variety of colours.

What I truly liked was the atmosphere. When I was a little girl, I’ve been few times at the zoo. I so didn’t like it! I mean, there was always something nice but, most of the time, I was feeling sad for those animals… all of them quite, some of them were sleeping or doing just few movements ( by the way, they didn’t have so much space to move ) and there was always this loud music coming from somewhere.

I wasn’t ready for this at all. Now I see why it’s the best zoological garden in Europe! It’s an animal reserve, full of green and lakes. It’s so nice just having a walk there and feeling peaceful, ’cause the only sound you hear it’s the one of birds and nature!

If you just wanna have fun instead or you have kids well, this park has a big variety of shows. You can choose between 7 amazing shows or, as I did ( lol), join them all!

But the best discover ever has been Animal Embassy, which is a firm commitment to ecology and preservation of the planet!

This area is dedicated to educate the visitors about the importance of the respect for the environment and the animals that inhabit the earth. One of the buildings of Animal Embassy houses a research center where the cognitive development of the birds will be studied. Another great building is the Baby Clinic, where the vets are taking care of the newborns!

 
 

If A Storm Hits The North........I Head To The South:

Most of the time, I walked with a look of wonder on my face… like when I’ve been in Playa De Las Teresitas: where the sand comes from the Sahara desert! …

I had the pleasure to meet a wonderful human being there! Thanks to him, I got more knowledge about Tenerife itself, like best places to visit or typical things to do, plus he told me his story! Don’t know about you, but I love listening to people’stories ( yes, I’m the kind of person that looks at a girl who’s reading in the underground and I imagine what her life could be ). From Argentina he moved to Santa Cruz de Tenerife more than 20 years ago and he never left, except for travelling from time to time!

While he was showing me Santa Cruz area, I realized the weather was changing.

You know, I also chose Tenerife ‘cause I was tired of the cloudy and rainy London weather but, obviously, after two days in the north of the island, a storm decided to show up! 
Mauro, this guy, suggested me to go to the south, where it’s sunny 364 days per year since the atmospheric conditions are affected by Africa.
That’s exactly what I did.

 
 

Los Cristianos.

I felt the difference in a second. The climate there is completely different from the north, I couldn’t stop singing Waka Waka by Shakira!

Different weather, different flora, different kind of people! Easy to realize how many young people there were around! From Los Cristianos to Costa Adeje, the population is mainly young while the other side of the island is definitely a more relaxed area!

I met a group of australian friends in Playa de las Vistas! They were travelling on the road as well and Tenerife was the last milestone before coming back home! This is another good reason why I don’t mind to travel alone; whoever you meet is a new friend!

We were chatting about our adventures, when a huge wave ( this is why surfing is so popular there  ) flooded us! Everything was wet and full of sand, thank God my lovely Travel Pack is waterproof and I didn’t lose anything!

Speaking about moments of luck, while I was walking down the coast I run into a wonderful version of paradise:

 
 

I’m telling you, if you love the ocean, palm trees, hot weather, music and a perfect mojito, this is the place for you! … Sure it is for me! Lol

 
 

Food, weather, animals, colours, activities, nature…
I visited so many beautiful places and met plenty of kind and friendly people, that I’m gonna go back to Tenerife as soon as possible!

The worst part of a journey is the end, but I’m used to think positive… where there is an ending, there’s a beginning! Time to plan next trip on the road!

Any suggestions? I’d love to hear as many places as possible from all of you!

Thanks for reading, folks!

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Love,
Chiara

Al Ain, United Arab Emirates - Adventuring In Al Ain

 

Contributor  : Melanie
Nationality   : British
Social Links  : Instagram: @desertswanblog
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Age Group    
Gender          : Female
Travel Style   : Healthy, yoga
Destination   : Al Ain UAE. May 2017

When I first moved to the UAE in 2008, I made it my mission to see all of the seven emirates as soon as I could, and get to know the new country I would soon call home. One of the first places I went to explore was the oasis town of Al Ain, a city within the emirate of Abu Dhabi and I instantly decided anyone coming to visit me just had to see it. With its vast red rolling sand dunes, lush palm oases and old forts, it’s easy to feel you are stepping back into another world in the town situated between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Landing in the bright lights of Dubai or even Abu Dhabi, it’s easy to get caught up in the modernity that the UAE has embraced with its rapid pace of development so Al Ain is a chance to connect with the more traditional side of the country. Deeply connected to the UAE’s culture and heritage, this totally low rise ‘garden city’ as it is known, is the place where you truly learn about the history of this amazing place and its people, and realise there is so much more to the UAE than beaches, high rise towers, fast cars and malls.

The forts of Al Ain are a popular tourist attraction

The forts of Al Ain are a popular tourist attraction

Known fondly among Emiratis as the birthplace of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed, it is steeped in history. But it is not only the history which makes this a must see destination when visiting the UAE. There is plenty to do here, so whether you’re looking for a day trip or a weekend away, culture or adventure, here are five of my picks of things to do in Al Ain:

  1. Sunset atop Jebel Hafeet: The UAE’s second highest peak, the 1,240 metre tall rocky mountain stands guard over Al Ain and the Oman borders. Though there is a Mercure hotel near the top, you can just pack a picnic and take the car to one of the viewing decks and enjoy the incredible views. Sunsets of red, gold and purple are stunning and well worth the trip. If you are looking for a little more of an adventure, you can also run, walk or cycle the 10km road to the top, which many an ultra-marathon runner has done to prepare for the hilly routes of the world’s ultras.
  2. Al Ain Oasis: The UAE’s first UNESCO World Heritatage Site, this 1200 hectare area is home to more than 147,000 date palms and 100 different varieties. With beautifully curated walkways, you soon forget you’re in the middle of the city, surrounded by palm fronds and birdsong. A throwback to the more traditional way of life, much of the oasis is still working farms, fed by the traditional irrigation systems, which have been used for hundreds of years to tap into the underground wells.
  3. Museum walking tour: The Al Ain Oasis is connected to the neighbouring visitor attractions including Al Ain Palace, Al Ain Eco Centre and Al Ain National Museums, so is an easy ramble to soak up not only the local nature, but culture and heritage through the oasis walkways.
  4. Fort hopping: Al Jahili Fort, standing guard over the nearby palm groves when it was built in the late 19th century, is steeped in history. Its permanent exhibition of photos taken by what is probably the last real explorer of his kind, the late Wilfred Thesiger, is a beautiful and fascinating insight into Bedouin life. Qasr Al Muwaiji is also worth a visit, surrounded by another of Al Ain’s lush oases; both places really an insight to understanding Abu Dhabi’s transition ‘from rags to riches’.
  5. Wadi Adventure: The country’s first man made whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing destination, Wadi Adventure is genius. With a man made beach, ‘air park’ where you can venture on the two level aerial obstacle course and a 200m zip line, this is a great day out, especially for a family. Prices are super reasonable, a fraction of what you’d pay in neighbouring Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and it’s a great way to be active, get outside and try something new. With the stunning backdrop of the mountains, it’s a perfect setting to escape the city.

Where to stay: We stayed at the Danat Al Ain Resort which not only has amazing rates (starting at Dh350/$95 a night), but is really well located; just 25 minutes away from Wadi Adventure and Jebel Hafeet, and around 10 minutes drive from the cultural attractions. The hotel has two really well equipped gyms as it doubles as a health club for local residents, so much better than the run of the mill hotel gyms, in addition to an Olympic pool. You can even take part in classes such as Zumba and yoga if that’s your thing, play some squash or tennis or just kick back with a massage at the spa. (I had the Thai massage by a Thai therapist which was incredible.) Whether it’s private tennis lessons (Dh140 per hour) or massage (Dh195 per hour), prices are much cheaper than the Abu Dhabi or Dubai resort equivalents.

There is so much else to do here, including the hot pools at Green Mubazzarah, the classic car museum, camel market and golf and shooting club, but these are just a few of my personal picks. For more info check out Visit Abu Dhabi.


Oslo, Norway - Beautiful Architecture & Museums

 

Contributor  : Emma
Nationality   : British
Social Links  : Instagram  - @emmapinkyb
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Age Group    : 40 - 50 years
Gender          : Female
Travel Style   : Impulsive
Destination   : Oslo, Norway. 4 days May 2017

Inspiration:

Oslo has always been a bucket list destination and I've always wanted to visit some of the Nordic countries, so when the chance arose, I had to take it. I really didn't know what to expect, but I wanted to see as much of the local cultural side as possible.

Getting There: 

Plenty of airlines fly from the UAE to Norway, but Emirates has the only direct flights from Dubai to Oslo, every other carrier has at least one stop. The direct flight time is around 7 hours. I took this option, as I always prefer direct flights, even if they cost me a little more, as I hate wasting time hanging about in airports and want as much time as possible at my end destination.

Once you land at Oslo airport, there are various public transport means to take you into the city centre, such as buses, or trains. The trains have a couple of options, where you have a cheaper, but slightly slower train, or the airport express train, which takes you non-stop either to Oslo Central station or to a couple of other stops. From there, metros can be used to easily travel around the city.

Local Knowledge:

Oslo, being the capital of Norway has the largest population in the country and a very multicultural one. The city is a trading hub and in the 18th century was noted for its ship building. Oslo is surrounded by green hills and mountains and lies at the northern end of the Oslofjord, which has many islands. There are hundreds of lakes around Oslo, which contribute to much of the drinking water within the city.

Oslo is very temperate in climate, having milder winters and summers that occasionally reach over 20 degrees – while we were there the sun came out and it was very warm for two days and everywhere was packed.

Summer days are extremely long – up to to around 16 hours in the summer time and it never gets completely dark, which is a very odd thing to experience.

Oslo has some very unique architecture and is a cultural hub with many museums and attractions, such as the Viking Ship museum, the Fram Polar ship museum, the Oslo Opera House, the Nobel Peace Centre, the Astrup Fearnley Museum, the botanical gardens are also very beautiful.

Oslo’s parliament, government buildings and city hall are notable landmarks as well as the Royal Palace, where visitors are free to roam the grounds.

Oslo is a brilliant walking city, but there are many options for getting around. You can use the trains, buses, trams, ferries and bikes to see the city and its outskirts.

Notable residents of Oslo are the band members of A-HA – Morten, Paul and Magne.

Nobel Peace Prize laureates Ragnar Frisch and Lars Onsager and Nobel Peace Prize for Literature winner Sigrid Undset all lived in the city.

Famous painter Edvard Munch called the city home and there’s the Munch museum dedicated to him near to the botanical gardens.

It’ll come as no surprise that many ice hockey players, skaters and winter sports men and women hail from the city as well as well known artists, such as painters, sculptors, writers and singers.

Bikes are a popular was of getting around Oslo

Bikes are a popular was of getting around Oslo

Where To Stay:

For Oslo I took my first foray into the world of AirBnB and found a lovely little apartment very central in the city. Hotels can be very expensive, so this was a more economical option and I wasn’t disappointed. I stayed in an area called Toyen, with the metro station a five minute walk away.

The botanical gardens, Zoological museum and Munch museum were all within easy walking distance and there were lots of supermarket, eating and drinking options in the area. My AirBnB host left me a guide with all her favourite places, which was brilliant.

AirBnB is really a good option and worth looking at.

What To Do:

The question really is – what didn’t I do there? There are so many things to see and do. Oslo is very much a walking or cycling city and it’s a great way to wander round and see all the fantastic architecture.

One important thing to get is the Oslo Pass, it gives you travel on all public transport and free entry into the museums and discounts on lots of tourist attractions and eateries.

The things I managed to get round were:

A visit to the Royal Palace – you can walk around the grounds and it has an incredible garden area that’s worth exploring. You can get very close to the palace and have your picture taken with one of the Royal Guards – they’re all very friendly and don’t mind at all. The view from the Palace all the way down into Oslo is lovely.

The Botanical Gardens – split up into various areas, such as the Viking Garden, Grannies Garden, the Rock Garden, this is a great way to spend a couple of hours out and about in nature. In the grounds you also have the Zoological Museum, which is well worth a visit and one of the best I’ve ever seen. The displays and exhibits are extremely well done. There’s a lovely little café in the middle of the gardens, which makes for a great lunch pit-stop.

The Munch Museum – a tribute to the artist Edvard Munch, you can see some of his works on display and also tribute exhibitions.

The Nobel Peace Centre – definitely worth a visit. There are some incredibly moving and touching displays and it houses the winning exhibition and tributes to the current winners of the peace prize. One of the highlights is the Nobel field, which is an electronic exhibition, with displays and information on all the winners over the years.

If you get the Oslo Pass, use the ‘Hop on, Hop off’, ferry to head across the Oslo fjord to the Viking Ship Museum – here you’ll see several incredibly well preserved Viking ships along with other artefacts and information. One highlight is the audio visual display, which is projected onto the ceiling and gives a story of the Vikings.

Taking in the beautiful houses of the surrounding area, you can then walk over to a cluster of museums, the Maritime Museum, Fram Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum.

My favourites without question are the Fram Museum, which houses the Polar exploration ship Fram. You can go on-board and have a look around to see what life would have been like living aboard this ship. There are also some nice interaction areas for children, you can see if you have the strength to pull a 300 kg sled and experience extreme cold.

My other favourite is the Kon-Tiki Museum, which houses rafts and information about the Kon-Tiki expedition, where a Norwegian explorer and his crew travelled from Peru to Polynesia on a balsa wood raft.

Oslo is a great place to just wander and explore. You can take in the fortress, see random status, visit the incredible Opera House, where you can walk up and over the rood for stunning view of the city and fjord.

One highlight was taking a three hour evening cruise around the Oslo fjord with a traditional prawn buffet. The views, the experience – amazing.

One of the many sculptures around Oslo

One of the many sculptures around Oslo

 

Eating:

There’s no shortage of different cuisines in Olso, but obviously one thing the Norwegians do really well is seafood.

Two of my favourite places that we stumbled across were surprisingly a little Italian restaurant called Bruno’s Proseccheria – it’s small inside with a nice outdoor seating area. It’s a funky little places with lovely staff and incredible food and is very popular.

My other favourite was the Lekter’n floating restaurant, which is hugely popular, and you can site over looking the fjord or people watch in the busy café area. The mussels are outstanding and it’s one of those places you can literally sit for hours just chilling out. Worth a visit.

It might seem a really touristy thing to do, but Oslo also has a Hard Rock Café, so we stopped in there for one of their signature cocktails and a bite to eat.

There are so many options though, cafes everywhere and places to suit every budget.

Must Do:

Such a hard question to answer, as there were so many highlights, but definitely the evening cruise round the Oslo Fjord. Weaving in and out the little islands, seeing all the lovely houses and the other people out on the water. It was just a fantastic way to see parts that otherwise you really can’t.

A ship on the harbour

A ship on the harbour

Must See:

Another tough question – well perhaps THE iconic landmark in Oslo is the Opera House. It has a unique architecture and you can walk all the way up and around the roof, for stunning views. But it looks amazing from different angles and is a hugely popular attraction.

The iconic Opera House

The iconic Opera House

5 Word Travel:

Beautiful. Interesting. Intriguing. Friendly. Fun.

TravelTip:

I have TWO important travel tips for Oslo. Get the Oslo Pass, as it gives you usage of all public transport, buses, trams, metro trains and some ferries. It also gives you free access to the museums and discounts on lots of attractions and in restaurants.

My second tip, is many places aren’t keep on cash and they prefer card payments. So it might be worth getting a prepaid card in Norwegian Kroner – you can buy these at the airport, or use your own cards, but be wary of exchange rates

Excess Baggage:

Oslo can be expensive, so be aware of that.

Whilst Oslo is pretty safe, local authorities do remind people to be wary of pickpockets, especially on the metro lines, so always remember to be mindful of your posessions.