After almost a month in Norway, I finally got a chance to ‘meet’ Oslo. A great way to feel the atmosphere of a place is to go on one of those free walking tours which more and more major cities around the globe offer.
The casual, easy-going feel of the alternative tour in Oslo turned out to be the perfect lazy Sunday activity. It was dedicated to urban art and our guide was a young professional photographer from Estonia (as far as I remember). She walked us through colorful passageways, alleys and streets showing us large stencils, ‘hidden’ artwork you would otherwise miss, as well as small not-so-touristy bars and cafes.
Not surprisingly, most of the walls we gazed at were in Grünerløkka, the once working-class district now popular as the hipster area in Oslo. The highlight of the tour for me was art from the two most famous Norwegian street artists – Dolk and Pøbel (they did a great job in Lofoten). Artists from Poland, Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany have also left their mark on the walls of Oslo.
I’m tempted to do the tour again, especially if we have another Indian summer weekend!