When we visited Oslo back as part of a big summer trip around Norway to my surprise it quickly became one of my favourite European cities. Prior to this I hadn’t had any expectations about the city, in fact we only really visited because our flight from Tromso went via Oslo before heading back to London. What we discovered was a really amazing city break destination with the perfect blend of history and modern culture. There really was so much to do in Oslo that we had drastically underestimated the amount of time we needed. If you’re short on time like us then here are the 5 absolute must-do cultural and historical attractions.
It’s true that we were rather ambitious thinking that we could fit everything into 3 days in New York, however we did manage to see almost everything that we set out to in that time. It wasn’t a relaxed trip by any means, which you’ll soon see once you see our itinerary but it shows that it is possible to do it if you’re short on time!
Rotterdam is a city that took me so much by surprise! I was there a couple of weekends ago because it was the destination for the Traverse 2018 conference and otherwise I doubt it would have been somewhere that would have ever been high on my list of places to visit. However, Rotterdam is an amazingly cool ultra-modern city with lots more to do than you would initially imagine and a relaxed friendly vibe. It offers a startling alternative to the ever-popular Amsterdam and I reckon it is about the hit the big time!
It’s quite funny that on one of the hottest day’s this year in the UK I’m writing about my trip to Stavanger two weeks ago where I was wearing a jumper and coat and even experienced some snow on my hike up Pulpit Rock!
While the weather may have somewhat shattered my dreams of beautiful views over the fjords it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Stavanger itself. Don’t get me wrong it’s very quiet and you wouldn’t need more than a day to explore most of it but if you’re heading here anyway for the amazing hiking opportunities nearby it’s a pretty great base with lots of picturesque areas and interesting history.
You may have seen my recent guide to the lovely Polish city of Gdansk which I visited back in January of this year, but while I was there I also managed to squeeze in a quick trip to see some more of the surrounding area. As I haven’t previously been to Poland I wanted to see some of the Polish riviera while I was so close and with the public transport being so cheap too it seemed almost criminal not to at least make a fleeting visit to at least one of the other places that make up the Polish tri-city area. In the end I opted for Sopot because it was closer and a little research prior to my trip indicated there was more that interested me there out of the two, however had I more time I would have tried to combine all three places.
As it is, here’s a little guide to some of the things you can see and do in Sopot and how to do the day-trip from Gdansk…