To save us repeating ourselves …….
Moose Blues cannot be responsible for organising people's accommodation. However we do encourage locals to liaise with traveling dancers to help people find affordable places to lay their head.
To help facilitate these connections we have created a facebook page where people can add accommodation requests or offers.
We are putting this in your hands so that you are secure in your comfort and safety.
NORWAY & ALCOHOL
Oslo is an expensive town but food and beer are available from supermarkets.
Liquor is only available from specialist Vinmonopoly shops which are closed on the public holidays Thursday and Friday and again on Sundays.
Shops close at 8pm for alcohol on Saturdays. It might be worth picking stuff up in the airport!
NORWAY ALCOHOL REGULATIONS
When it comes to alcohol reculation, Norway is a bit “special”.
You can buy beer in normal stores until 8pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday. All alcoholic drinks above 4,5% can only be bought at special stores called “Vinmonopolet”, which closes at 6pm on Friday and at 3pm on Saturday. On Sunday, you can’t buy alcohol anywhere except bars/pubs/restaurants.
[Note: it could be convenient to buy alcoholic drinks at the airport duty free shop.]
Drinking in public is prohibited. However, it is generally tolerated to drink in parks while having picnics and barbecues, as long as people behave themselves.
You’ll find regular grocery shop chains like Rema 1000, Coop, Kiwi everywhere. Most of these are open from 0900-2200 on weekdays and from 0900-2000 on Saturdays. Smaller chains such as Joker and Bunnpris are open on Sundays as well.
Kiosks like Narvesen, 7-Eleven and Deli de Luca are usually open everyday and until late at night, but be aware that there is a significant price difference between kiosks and regular stores.
Norway has really high quality tap water. Buying bottled water is not necessary more than once, then you can refill your bottle, and bring it to class!
If you get lost, don’t worry. Even if Norwegians are known to be introverts and shy people, they are usually really kind and friendly with tourists. Ask them and they will point you in the right direction.
And yes, they all speak English really well!
Barbecuing in the park is extremely popular in Oslo because it’s very nice and is a cheap alternative to eating out.
Step one: Buy what you need in a regular food store; meat, fish, vegetables and a disposable barbecue.
Step two: Find any park, or go to the islands—the rest is up to you. Just remember to bring matches,and make sure you clean up afterwards. If the weather permits we will do this on Friday afternoon!
Check out: www.visitoslo.com