Last reply 2 months ago
Norwegian MSers on Shift


My wife and I are off to Norway for a delayed honeymoon. We are going to Oslo, Bergen and Tromso (hope to see the Northern Lights!)

Are there any members here that live in any of those cities?

If so, I’d love to pick your brains for local knowledge. Thank you very much.



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4 months ago

@dominics , @caterpillar is in the Oslo area, but not been active on Shift for over a year.

@nemo is also Norwegian, just north of Bergen.

@mayvar, just north of Oslo.

@cammo may be able to help too

4 months ago

And, there’s also Tripadvisor…………

4 months ago

When are you off? I go in Feb and have just booked a reindeer sledging excursion which I’m hoping won’t be too ambitious…x

4 months ago

@stumbler, you are a scholar and a gentleman. Thank you.

Tripadvisor ought to be taken with a hefty dose of salt. Have you seen this: ?

@cameron – bit of a tour. Oslo, train to Bergen, fly to Tromso and see Aurora (fingers crossed) then fly home.

4 months ago

@dominics, I lived in Oslo for 5-6 years…

What would you like to know?

4 months ago

@cammo When I travel I am stomach driven. I love the good cheap places that are not the usual tourist traps.

We are going to watch a proper hockey game one night.

No opera that tickles our fancy.

We are interested in the cool things that locals know of, as well as any general hints/tips/advice sort of thing.

I appreciate your suggestions, thank you.

4 months ago

@dominics Norway is not really a gastro destination, unless you like lutefisk (Fish preserved in acid) or sheeps head. Just remember the national dish of Norway is frozen Grandiosa pizza… they love that crap.

To be fair I havent lived in Oslo for 10 years so a lot has probably changed in the dining scene.

I used to go to Bogstadveien. There was a good Thai place called Yaya’s there. A bit of a gimmick restaurant but good food.
Bislett Kebab was the best kebab in town.

There are a few Michelin starred restaurants in Oslo. “Eik” if I remember correctly. But I never went, too $$$. In general Norway is very expensive.

If you want to go out drinking/bar hopping I suggest you head to Grunerlokka. That is where the young pretty things head on Friday/Saturday nights.

If you are going in Winter I can suggest you catch the train to the local ski hill “Tryvann” (15 minutes away) or rent some cross-country skis and hit the tracks that surround town… Norwegians are very active people and love to ski (they invented it after all).

If you are going in summer you have to hit the fjord, sit on the rocks in the sun and eat Rekker (tiny little shrimp) on white bread slathered in Mayo… its a tradition.

Oh and dont be alarmed to see people covering their hotdogs (polse) in shrimp salad (rekke salat)… It is awesome, try it.

2 months ago

Oh no! I just saw this! I hope you had a fantastic honeymoon, @dominics! I’ve been offline for a bit. What did you think of 🇳🇴?

-Mayvår Sjøberg

2 months ago

@mayvar It was awesome, thank you. 10 days over Christmas going from Oslo to Bergen to Tromso.

Christmas carols in the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso was great.

I have made Kransekake three times now and am getting it right regards that idea mix of crunch and chewiness! So delicious and so easy.

Pity that you can’t add images here.



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