Picture a river, surrounded by old manufacturing buildings and parklands. You can almost hear the sounds of the factories well at work, mixed in with the splashing of the river as you walk along the pathway. The colourful residential area surprisingly improves the mood with the colour palette on display, even on a cloudy day. You come across a giant chandelier, where around the corner hides a number of old wooden houses from the 1800s and facades covered in street art. Where in Oslo are you? You’re in the district of Grünerløkka, Oslo’s trendy and bohemian inner-city neighbourhood. During your journey through Grünerløkka, where there is plenty of hipster vibes and history to go around (aka hipstoric), we’ll dig into one of the treasures that are Oslo. We'll see Damstredet, where you’ll want to take a photo of the lovely hillside houses. We'll also check in with Norway's dynamic trio: Ibsen, Bjørnson and… at the Our Savior’s Cemetery. The area is also home to one of Norway’s most famous artists, none other than Edvard Munch (third person in the trio above of course). We end our hipstoric walk at Mathallen in the recently built, sustainable area of Vulkan.
I'm the founder of OURWAY Tours, specialising guided tours within Scandinavia. I started in Stockholm, 2011, as a qualified guide with the question: What do people enjoy when they travel? The answer we found, is to: "Meet the people, try the food, live the stories" and so that's what we do. In 2016 we felt enough guests had asked us if we did tours anywhere else to make the decision to expand to Oslo & Copenhagen. Our team of handpicked locals, trained to take tours, want nothing more than to share their love for the city with you. If you're lucky you'll tour with: Andrea, Craig, Monika, Romy, Lucy & Jonathan. In short, we give you "people, places, and culture—the local way".
This is a walk of Grünerløkka including colourful residential areas, Akerselva River, famous Norwegians and a Food Hall. You can feel the hipstoric vibes in the air! We will make multiple stops and mix general stops with visits to sites that are often difficult to find or overlooked by visitors. The route of the tour might vary depending on who it's with and what the interest of the guests are.
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Look for our guide dressed in blue or white with the logo OURWAY. This tour ends at Vulkan in the Grünnerløkka district so guests may continue to enjoy the area or visit the food hall Mathallen.