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Oslo Guide

The conference venue at Vulkan is in walking distance from our favourite parts of Oslo: Grünerløkka and Torggata. Here are some suggestions, but you will also find lots more in the same neighbourhoods.

Also: places to walk — and things to do in other parts of the city!




Places to walk and things to do

  • Frogner Park — Lovely park (free!) full of fun statues to photograph and attribute false quotes about CSS.
  • Karl Johans gate — Main street (free if you just walk!) from the central station, pass the Norwegian Parliament and National Theatre, and end up at the Royal Palace.
  • Opera House — Awesome architecture to walk across (free!), right next to the central station.
  • The Munch Museum — Go check out The Scream and other paintings (NOK 100). Natural History Museum (NOK 50) and Botanical Garden (free!) are in the same area.
  • Astrup Fearnley — Art gallery (NOK 120) at Tjuvholmen, fancy part of the city that can be an interesting stroll. Bus 54 goes straight from Vulkan out here.
  • Walk up to St. Hanshaugen — Follow Telthusbakken, Old Aker Church and cemetery, past the Synagogue in Bergstien and up to the park.
  • Government Quarter — Not usually listed as a tourist attraction, these buildings are the first site of the 2011 terror attacks. We think it’s important that visitors come here. And when you go back home, remind others about this right-wing Christian terrorist with a xenophobic worldview. Don’t miss the unrepaired newspaper display case, and Y-block with mural by Pablo Picasso.

Practical tips and getting around

We recommend using public transport. 🚌👍 Ticket inspections are frequent, so please make sure you always travel with a valid ticket. The best way to get to the venue is by tram and then a small walk. 12 Disen or 13 Storo-Grefsen are blue trams, that you find right outside the central station. 3 stops (6 min) and get off at Schous plass and walk 500m.

If you arrive at Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL), you can take the airport express (Flytoget) which is super convenient. Or you can save some money by taking a local train in to Oslo Central Station.

💰 ATM to withdraw or Forex Bank to exchange can both be found in the same area at the station. Remember: Norwegian Kroners, not Euros! You can use a card almost everywhere, so many locals will not carry cash daily. Visitors may have issues if cards have no chip. But if you have a VISA or MasterCard with a chip, you might not need a lot of cash in Oslo.