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A Bird’s Eye View of Oslo – for Free!

September 28, 2017|Lena
A Birds eye view of oslo
(This is a guest post by Anna Kapys from The Wildest Tales)
 
Everyone knows that in the Nordic countries the quality of life is way better than what we can get anywhere else. The moment you take your first steps on Scandinavian soil everything is just perfect. The air seems to be purer, the grass greener, the life healthier. I’m in heaven – you think, until you are back home, completely broke.
 
I’m not going to lie to you, travelling to Oslo, one of the most expensive capitals in the world, on a tight budget is challenging but I’ve been to Norway already twice (with one more trip planned this year) and I’m still alive. Impossible is nothing and the best way to save money and connect with the locals (to me it’s the most important thing when I travel) is good, old Couchsurfing. The portal has been criticized a lot recently, but I never really had a bad experience and it still is one of my favourite ways of travelling.
A Birds eye view of oslo
I’m travelling with my friend and we decide to look for a host. Even though I have a lot of positive references, this time finding a “match” is hard – my requests are being declined so many times. May Bank Holiday seem to be busy across Europe so I am super happy we finally get accepted by a Norwegian guy who apparently really likes my blog! (A tip for you – make your CS profile interesting. If you have a hobby, show people what you are into!).
 
Our host lives in the suburbs of Oslo, so we spend the whole day sightseeing and decide to meet him at his train station in the evening.
 
Are you ready for the adventure? – is the first thing he asks us and we are not sure what to say. We are thrilled and a bit scared at the same time, but we follow him.
 
He takes us to a small aerodrome and shows us his PLANE! It’s one of those small light aircrafts suitable for 4 people. It’s so cool.
A Birds eye view of oslo
Come on ladies, the boarding will be over soon.
 
Boarding? So are we really going to fly?
 
Yes, unless you don’t want it.
 
I don’t have to be asked twice. We are about to fly above Oslo during the golden hour (we were so lucky with the weather that day as well). Life really doesn’t get any better than this!
A Birds eye view of oslo

Light aircraft trip above the capital of Norway with our host’s live comments about his childhood, favourite places and interesting sights was something amazing. I can even say it probably was one of the best things in my life, the kind of freebie everyone dreams of. It was a brand new perspective on the city we’ve seen this morning. I can’t believe something like this happened to us so unexpectedly. It was a total blast!

A Birds eye view of oslo
We spend a night at our host’s place (I won’t reveal his name here as he specifically asked me not to) chatting, cooking together and asking him about everything we wanted to know about his country. His house, even though far from Oslo city center, was one of the best places I’ve ever stayed. A typical Norwegian house very close to the forest, with heated floor and sauna. How many of you have seen one of them inside? I believe we gained a real insight into how the ordinary people in Norway live.
 
I won’t recommend you things to see or do in Oslo. You can google them. The best thing about that weekend was my Couchsurfing experience. You know what they say, the magic happens out of your comfort zone. If you’ve never tried Couchsurfing you should definitely give it a go. A beautiful city will remain just a city if you don’t interact with its people!

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