Oslo

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Norway

Oslo is the capitol of Norway.

Transport

Find info on hitchhiking at Hitchwiki.

Public transport is very expensive as everywhere in Norway, though tramways and buses can be blackrided very easily. Metro trains are also blackrideable; there might be higher frequency of controllers, though.

It's very easy and relaxed to get into the subway for free. At least one hitchhiker rode for more than a week on bus, tram and subway without ever buying a ticket. If you get busted, just choose to pay later, give a false address and you will never hear from them again.

The ticket is 30 kr. Note that you can buy it on the train (for 50 kr if you buy it from a person instead of the machine) and they might not check, but it's almost impossible to dodge on regional trains.

There are lots of low-cost flights apparently but anyways hitching east towards Stockholm and South towards Goteborg and Malmo is fairly easy.

Companies


Accommodation

Find info on hosp ex at Couchwiki.

Camping

To the east of Oslo there is an extremely large and beautiful nature-reserve called Østmarka[1]. The park has extensive hiking trails, numerous lakes with fishing and swimming, and a minimal amount of development. When I was there at the height of summer, it was never crowded if not almost completely deserted. Camping in the park is safe, free and legal and you could spend days exploring it. Best of all it's accessible from the T-bane and, thus, connected to downtown Oslo. Near the Trosterud station there's an entrance to the Lutvann Lake[2] recreation area within the park. When you leave the station, follow the paved pedestrian road to the left just a few meters. There will be another paved road/bike path going up the hill to your right. Follow this all the way up. You will reach a cluster of apartment buildings. Keep following the asphalt path. It will end in a small parking lot and a raised basketball court I think. At this point turn right and follow the car-road. Turn left just past the basketball court and follow this road as it veers up and to the right, I think it's called Lutvannsveien. You will pass a military base and the entrance to the park is another 50 meters or so past that. The lake itself is another 5-10 minute walk inside the park, just follow the big gravel path. All told it's about a 20-30 minute hike from the station. For hitching this spot is ideal because it's also very close to the E6 going north. There's directions to hitching spots from Trosterud at the top of this page. If you are hungry the T-bane stop before Trosterud which is Haugerud has a remi supermarket opposite it which is nice for dumpster diving.

  • To the east of Oslo there is an extremely large and beautiful nature-reserve called Østmarka. The park has extensive hiking trails, numerous lakes with fishing and swimming, and a minimal amount of development. When I was there at the height of summer, it was never crowded if not almost completely deserted. Camping in the park is safe, free and legal and you could spend days exploring it. Best of all it's accessible from the T-bane and, thus, connected to downtown Oslo. Near the Trosterud station there's an entrance to the Lutvann Lake recreation area within the park. When you leave the station, follow the paved pedestrian road to the left just a few meters. There will be another paved road/bike path going up the hill to your right. Follow this all the way up. You will reach a cluster of apartment buildings. Keep following the asphalt path. It will end in a small parking lot and a raised basketball court I think. At this point turn right and follow the car-road. Turn left just past the basketball court and follow this road as it veers up and to the right, I think it's called Lutvannsveien. You will pass a military base and the entrance to the park is another 50 meters or so past that. The lake itself is another 5-10 minute walk inside the park, just follow the big gravel path. All told it's about a 20-30 minute hike from the station. For hitching this spot is ideal because it's also very close to the E6 going north. There's directions to hitching spots from Trosterud at the top of this page.
  • Another good spot for wild camping is Ekeberg park, very close to the center (20 min walking otherwise tramway 18 and 19 and bus 34 very easily blackridable) with an amazing view over the town and safe, desert, free and (legal? - read update below) as well (just some runner and dogs with owners in the morning). There is also a paying camping inside it where you can sneak inside to have a free shower..close to E6 and E18 at a walking distance.

Update August 2015: According to security officials met in the Ekeberg park it is not legal to sleep at night in inner Oslo and you can get fine of several thousand kroner for that. If you pitch your tent in Ekeberg park in visible area, it is likely that some security (either from Ekeberg camping or from city) will wake you up in the morning and ask you to leave or go to official camp. If you hide your tent, you may be able to spend there a couple of nights. Waking security was generally nice, giving warning, not fine and 4 hours to pack the stuff and leave. It can be a good place to spend 1 night when you just travel through Oslo. For longer time in Oslo read about Østmarka above. It is easy to use facilities in Ekeberg camping. You just walk in. For showers and washing machines you need a chip card. Cooking and using toilets and sinks is possible without.

Hosting

  • The squat called "Blå" next to the culture house "housemania" in the city centre has a guest room with 6 places. It's worth asking for sure even if often it's full and it is not liked nor allowed to sleep on the floor. Another option are parks, at least with the warm/good weather.
  • Hospitality exchange community is quite big and also finding a host from the street works very well.

Meet fellow travellers on hospitality exchange networks: Trustroots, BeWelcome


Food

Find info on dumpster diving at Trashwiki.

Dumpsterdiving does work very well! check trashwiki and every supermarket dumpster (ask also at housemania/bla where to go, as any big city outside of the centre is better)

Grünerløkka is an affordable working-class area and has a [flea] market every Sunday.


Internet connectivity

Hackerspaces around Oslo.

Public library should have free access computers and wifi areas, probably also around stations, downtown, etc

Busking

Unfortunately or not Oslo seems to be the worse city for busking in Norway if not in the whole Scandinavia. Overcrowded of streetsellers, "artists", painters, dancers, beggars, real or fake musicians, every 5 meters in the main pedestrian walks (Karl Johans Gate) you have somebody trying to sell you something; fact that makes the itinerant busker's life and job so much more complicated and difficult. Better spot is the harbour (where tourist cruises and normal ferries to the islands arrive) though there too very often there are lots of people busking. Definitely better move to another city like Bergen, Trondheim or Tromso


Travel destinations

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Other Useful Info

Free luggage storage: There are free lockers in the main Oslo library if you want to store luggage for free (you need a ten kroner coin, which you'll get back after). Also in USE IT on Møllergata 3, in the very centre, you can find free luggage storage, free wi-fi, free coffea and frew condoms.