Heading back to Oslo, Norway for the third time, we wanted to see what the city has to offer beyond the iconic places. We took the Taste of Local Secret experience with Up Norway to see Oslo and surrounding communities in a new light. The experience is customized for each group, with some questions about our interests and taste preferences.
Just several days before our trip to Oslo, we received our custom itinerary via email and an offline app. Up Norway not only provides you with the information and itinerary, but also what train we had to catch and directions in between.
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The best part about the app is you can message Up Norway if you have any complications or questions during the experience. This was super helpful to find our airport transfer, after a delayed flight, as we could not make local phone calls.
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Relaxing Spa Experience at The Well
Our adventure started at The Well, an elegant and relaxing spa right outside of Oslo. We had a private transfer from the airport directly to the spa. This state of the art spa is unique experience for us, as you can go in with a swimming suit you can purchase there or completely naked.
We started with lunch in their spacious restaurant, where we enjoyed a full fresh lunch.
The Well features a variety of themed spa rooms, hot tubs, showers and saunas. Our favorite was the outside hot tub, as it was lightly snowing when we were there. In the saunas, bathing suits are not allowed, but you can cover up with a peshtemal.
Due to privacy concerns, cameras and cell phones are not allowed past the changing rooms, which is also a great way to make sure you truly disconnect and relax! Since we are unable to take photographs, we can only share The Well’s official images with you.
The spa has a regularly scheduled shuttle bus back to Oslo Central station and just a few blocks from our hotel.
Traditional Norwegian Tasting Menu
We finished our day with a delicious seven course tasting menu at Vaaghals. Each course featured different traditional Norwegian ingredients. Every plate provided a small flavor, including reindeer on a waffle, smoked cod and our favorite, white chocolate mousse. It was a fantastic experience and cannot wait to go back to the same restaurant on our next trip to Oslo.
A Day With Wooly Pigs Outside of Oslo
The second day we visited Gården på Svartskog, a family owned farm just outside of Oslo. We took the train from the city center to the farm, which is covered with the Oslo Pass. We were picked up from the station by Hilde, one of the owners, and spent the morning learning more about farming in Norway as we tasted delicious cured meat and cheeses produced on the farm.
After, we took a tour of the farm itself, with the chance to cuddle with the sheep, take selfies with the most adorable wooly pigs and go cross country skiing across the snowy farmland. On the way back to the train station, we stopped at the only coffee shop in Svartskog, a cute little building with a collection of local products.
The Ultimate Up Norway Experience
We loved our tour with Up Norway because they are not your typical tour agency. They build a custom tour tailored to your tastes and interest. The good thing about Up Norway is they work with locals across the country to help expand tourism and Norway’s image, unlike other tour operators who are trying to resell tours on commission.
It can easily get overwhelming to plan a trip to a new destination, as you might not have all the information of what is there to do. It always happens to us that once we arrive to a destination with an itinerary, we talk with locals and learn about attractions we had no idea it was there. Up Norway is your local contact on the ground, working to create the best personalized experience.
The Oslo Pass tourist card allows you to save time and money with free entry to various museums in the Norwegian capital and the unlimited use of public transport.
The 10 most popular attractions included on the Oslo Pass are:
- Nobel Peace Center
- The Holmenkollen Ski Jump
- Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
- Viking Ship Museum
- Edvard Munch Museum
- Maritime Museum
- The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
- Oslo Reptile Park
- Popsenteret Musical Centre
- Henie Onstad Art Centre
You can use the tourist card as many times as you want over a period of 24, 48, or 72 hours, inside zones 1 and 2, on the bus, tram, or metro of Oslo. Get your Oslo Pass here.