Oslo

 
 
    
 



RECOMMENDATIONS


  • Mathallen Food Hall Gluten-free beer at Hopyard and zero-waste organic groceries / gluten-free bakery at Holisten www.mathallenoslo.no
  • Astrup Fearnley Museet Modern art museum designed by Renzo Piano | www.afmuseet.no
  • Ekebergparken | Beautiful forested parkland with art and views of the city | www.ekebergparken.com
  • Den Norske Opera Opera house in the fjord with rooftop views | www.operaen.no
  • Akershus Fortress | Medieval castle next to 1000 year old village | www.forsvarsbygg.no
  • Bon Lio  | Spanish gastro bar | www.bonlio.no
  • Chez Colin | Colorful new French restaurant | www.chezcolin.no
  • Revolver | Rock bar for tacos, tequila, and guac | www.revolveroslo.no
  • Nedre Foss | Restaurant and microbrewery |  www.nedrefossgaard.no 
  • Kontrast |  Gastronomic Scandinavian |  www.restaurant-kontrast.no
  • Torggata Botaniske |  Lush craft cocktail bar specializing in absinthe |  Torggata 17b
  • 38 Mollergata | Hair salon 
  • Grand Hotel Oslo | Site of Nobel ceremonies | www.grand.no
  • Illegal Burger | Dubbed the best burger in Oslo with veggie patties and gluten-free buns Mollergata 23
  • Lille Saigon | Simple, cheap and delicious Vietnamese food | www.lillesaigon1.com
  • Kolonihagen |  Cozy sustainability-driven restaurant |  www.kolonihagen.no
  • Fuglen | Vintage bar and coffee shop | facebook.com/Fuglen.Oslo
  • Fretex and UFF | Thrift stores | Various locations
  • Apartment | Gallery (one of the first to show Vivian Maier| https://www.facebook.com/The-Apartment-163527170348786/
  • Peppe's Pizza | Delicious gluten-free pizza with vegan options | Various locations

We stayed in this amazing minimalist Airbnb while visiting beautiful Oslo. The traditions, culture, and spirit of Norway strike me as exotic, wholly different from Iceland or Finland. It was easy to eat vegan and gluten-free, since all allergens are clearly labeled, and knowledgeable staff were happy to accommodate my intolerances.

Norwegians are as kind as they are tall. At Mathallen, the epic food hall with upcycled pallet furniture, my husband joked that even the babies were bigger than us :) Everyone drives electric cars, the air is fresh and clean, and microbreweries have gluten-free beer on tap, making it the perfect destination for intrepid zero-wasters. I've never seen so many Teslas in my life! I was also impressed by the City Tree initiative, benches on either side of a vertical green wall that captures pollutants from passing cars.

Not surprisingly, my parka and cream-colored outfit were inappropriate for both the weather and sea of sleek, black-and-grey woolen outfits. Older women wore long dress coats with pretty fur hats; others sported short jackets or Canada Goose, Helly Hansen, and Fjallraven. Pretty much everyone we saw had on a pair of heeled boots, even in Tromso! At night, the dress code reverts to all black, so leave your blue jeans at home. To see how I packed for the Arctic and read about my winter capsule wardrobe, click here.

Paris to Go

13 comments:

  1. I love your photo recap of this trip! I've only ever driven through Oslo, I've never actually stayed there before. I like the modern feel. I'll have to wander back that way one day!

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    1. Thank you Cassie! I'm sure you'll love it, and it will be even more fun with your little one!

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  2. As a Norwegian it's interesting to read what you think about visiting this country. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! When it comes to style I really don't like to wear black and gray as so many Norwegians do. I love colours like cream, navy and pale pink and dresses with a classic cut, so I basically stand out wherever I am in Norway.

    If you ever visit Norway again I really recommend going to the countryside, that's the best part of this country. I live in the mountains a few hours from Oslo and I feel so blessed to live in this beautiful place.

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    1. Hi Camilla! I love reading your perspective. We will definitely go back. I want to go to Bergen and Lofoten Islands next time, there's so much to explore!

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  3. Ariana,

    I love your site! It is one of the most beautiful and functional of any on the Internet. Well done! I have implemented many of your ideas as I transition to a Zero Waste lifestyle. Your sense of style is impeccable.

    Rachel

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  4. Beautiful photos and cute outfit. I spent a semester in Alta in university. I recommend visiting if you go back or have the time! The ancient rock carvings and landscapes are stunning.

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    1. Hi Danielle! Thank you! We did go to Alta for two days, we drove from Tromso to Alta and it was incredible. So beautiful. I'll post about it soon.

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  5. These are your best pictures yet! The city looks lovely, I never thought to visit Norway but now I want to.

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I never thought to visit Norway either, but it was the perfect vacation, maybe one of our best yet! I hope you go :)

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  6. Hello! Nice blog! I am not zero-waste by any means, but your blog has inspired me to trim down my rather large monthly clothing budget and clear out the clutter in my house. Your apartment looks so sleek. I love it. Oh, and I am Korean too (well, Korean-American) :)

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    1. Hi Sara, you are so sweet! I'm so happy to read comments like this (especially from fellow Korean-Americans :D)

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  7. Hello Ariana, what do you do with your plane tickets to keep them zero waste? Or receipts and other plastic coated papers? I am trying to leave receipts behind as much as possible but am worried if I need to return something or get my receipt checked as I leave a store.

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    1. Hi! Those are both difficult ones. For this flight, my ticket was digital. Anything domestic is always an e-ticket, which is nice. The international ones can't be recycled here so they are just trash. There was a student at Parsons using them in an art project for a time so I gave them to her. Maybe a local artist is doing something similar? My husband saves his plane tickets and framed all of them.

      Some people soak their receipts and compost them, but they don't use them on any plants grown for food since they're plastic-coated (I haven't done research on bioremediation of BPA so I'm just repeating what I've heard from other people). I mostly shop at places that give you the option not to print a receipt (such as farmer's markets, secondhand shops, and small businesses that email them) but it's true, some receipts you just need to keep. I hang on to them in a shoebox in my closet and when I don't need them anymore, they do need to go to trash since recycling them puts toxic particulates in paper and the air.

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