This was our first full day in Oslo and we planned to visit some of the street art around Oslo using the online map provided by Visit Oslo.
Day 2 Monday 20th June 2022 Oslo
This hotel had undergone lots of changes since our earlier stay when we were on the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage. For example, breakfast was no longer in the large spacious atrium, instead it was in in a restaurant with lots of nooks, crannies separate rooms and a large crowded buffet area. The choice of food was absolutely off the scales.
I started with yoghurt, then scrambled eggs and mushrooms and some pastries to follow. Plus of course lots of tea as we only had a coffee maker in our room.
Before we started our exploring, we visited the railway station to double check where we would be catching our train on Wednesday. Thankfully all was very clearly signed and we had time to explore the rest of the station. It is crammed with shops and places to eat. We followed the signs to the visitor centre and discovered what looked like a converted railway platform full of other restaurants.
Exploring Oslo looking for street art
Using the Visit Oslo interactive map I found a concentration of murals and we planned to walk to that area through the street markets, apartment complexes and ethnic shops.
Our walk was much longer than expected as central Oslo is a building site of dug up roads and cordoned off buildings. The interactive map linked to Google Maps which helped us find our way about.
After threading our way through all the building works we came to Vaterlandsparken. Behind us the flyovers were above us. Under the road were these murals.
Once across the park above us were these divers diving down into the Akerselva.
Next we came to the food market alongside Olafiagangen to our right. The market continue in shops as we walked at the side of the elevated road. This mural was one of the few that wasn’t obscured by parked trucks.
The murals in Enerhaugen, Oslo
The titles and details below are from the Visit Oslo map.
Aryz: “Untitled” (2013): Close to Norbygata 50A, 0187 Oslo
This was not on the map!
Nearby was Ridder: “Livets tre” (2013) which was close to Sørligata 1, 0190 Oslo.
Inti The Treasure Hunter (2012) which is Close to Jens Bjelkes gate 62A, 0652 Oslo
Fadlabi: “The Sky’s The Limit” (2016) which is close to Jens Bjelkes gate 62C, 0652 Oslo
Above is where we went looking for the street art. As we walked back we passed decorated street furniture.
As we wound our way back towards the canal we passed commercial properties, corner shops, ethnic ships and more apartments. On the last street we were uncomfortable as we passed drug dealing openly on the street to what looked like a group of homeless people.
Back to Central Oslo alongside the Akerselva
We crossed the wide arterial road and stopped in Elgparken where this statue of a moose was placed.
We followed a path back to the centre and walked alongside the canal towards the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. These are the reflections I saw.
Up from the path at the side of Akerselva we were now on the bridge. Opposite us was this “statue”.
On Stenersgata the “Fist and Rose” sculpture was very striking and well worth the diversion away from Vaterlandsparken
We were now close to the Oslo City Shopping Centre and we had avoided all the building works getting back to the centre! Inside we went to the Starbucks for a drink and even more important a rest.