Hello, happy Saturday!
I just got back from Oslo, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what it’s like to work there. When most people think about hopping on a plane and working remotely for a few weeks, they think of Chiang Mai, Budapest, Berlin… not Oslo. I get it; I was thinking the same thing before I arrived.
Last year I spent a few months working while traveling (Manchester, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon). I was supposed to stay in Oslo for two days, just to catch my flight back to Chicago.
When I went to leave for my flight home, I realized that I was staying at a hotel at the wrong airport. I had flown into the main airport in Oslo. My flight out of Norway was so far that It would have cost me the price of another plane ticket home ($400 USD…I’m great at finding flight deals) just to get there, and I had no way of knowing if I’d make my flight.
So, I decided to stay in Oslo for a few extra days and take a later flight home. I’m glad I did!
I fell in love with the city, the people, and the fresh air. I went for a few weeks this trip, and I’ll be going back in September. I’m getting good at the planning part of the trip. I have a pretty good idea of where to go, what to do, and where to work. So here are some tips!
Where to Stay
My primary choice for this is an AirBnB. I’ve stayed with friends, and at hotels, but having your own space where you can cook, maintain your routine, and work, is key. I ended up staying in the new business district, which has some pretty cool architecture, and it right around the corner from the Opera house.
Where to Work
The wifi in Oslo is faster than it is in Chicago, so you can pretty much work from any restaurant, cafe, or coffee shop. I spent a lot of time working from my AirBnB, but my favorite place to work from is Bare Jazz. It’s got a cafe/bar upstairs and is a record store downstairs.
Where to Get Lost
Anywhere and everywhere. It’s safe to walk around the city, and there are a ton of beautiful things to see.
If you get the chance, go on a road trip to Sweden. You’ll get a beautiful view of the fjords!