On our way to Oktoberfest, we decided to spend a few days in Oslo, Norway. This stopover was prompted, in no small way, by the very inexpensive fares Norwegian Air Shuttle is offering from the US to various European cities right now. Neither my DH or I had been to Norway before, so we thought a small sample could be fun.
(I will be doing a separate write up on Norwegian Air Shuttle soon discussing it’s pros and cons, this was our second international flight on the carrier.)
Our flight was an overnight transit, so we arrived in Oslo just after 2:00 pm. Going though passport control was a breeze, I think we were the only non-Norwegian, non-EU passengers around, no line! Also, no customs really… Great circumstance when you are in the brain fog of no sleep and time changes. We had already purchased tickets on the express train to the central station in Oslo and found the train with no issue, all the signage was in English and everyone we met spoke English.
We booked a hotel that was located right in the old train station, so getting to the hotel was also a breeze. The hotel “Comfort Hotel Grand Central” is a cozy little space. Affordable, especially by Oslo standards, but somewhat lacking in “in-room” amenities as we soon found out. The room was a comfortable size with a nice bed and sitting area, but no wardrobe (closet) or dresser or in room safe. The bath also lacked any amenities, except for soap. The linens were clean but thin and minimal. The staff at the “barception” were welcoming and courteous and the in-house breakfast was held in a large area and had plenty of hot and cold dishes to accommodate any preferences.
All right, we’ve arrived! What to do next…!!! Our room overlooked the front of the station and directly down Karl Johans Gate, the (or a main) street in Oslo and mostly pedestrian We decided to go for a walk.
We stopped about a mile up the street at…you guessed it the Hard Rock Cafe… for a quick beer, then headed back out to look for some dinner.
As the Hotel was located at the train station, and this being Europe, there were many dining choices available to us right at the station. We ended up at an Italian place for a quick bite.
Good opening for our stay in Oslo.