Scandic Vulkan Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Oslo, Norway

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Cons

  • 20-minute walk to Oslo Central Station
  • No full closets in rooms, just closet rods
  • No luggage racks in rooms
  • No robes, coffee/tea facilities, and bath products for Superior or Standard Rooms

Bottom Line

The 149-room Scandic Vulkan is a contemporary, upper-middle-range boutique hotel outside of the city center. Rooms are stylish, with blue walls and bed throws, bright accent pillows, eye-catching graphic art of industrial beams on the walls behind the beds, wood floors, and handy storage cubes. But there few frills -- no real closets (instead, there's a closet rod attached to the wall) and no luggage racks; bathrobes, coffee/tea facilities, and bath products are only available in Superior Extra Rooms and above. The hotel was part of a city revitalization project that also involved a second hotel and the Oslo Food Hall (located right out the front door), and the shops and restaurants of Grunerlokka are within walking distance. An excellent free breakfast, a trendy restaurant and bar, and a small gym are upsides.

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 Location

In the revitalized Vulkan area of Oslo, near the hip shops in Grunerlokka but a bit far from tourist sights

Scandic Vulkan isn't in the heart of the city center, but it is right next to the Oslo Food Hall, which has 31 specialty restaurants and food stores. The shops of Grunerlokka, a leafy residential area with lovely historic houses, is within easy walking distance. To get to Oslo Central Station and tourist sights downtown, guests can take Bus 54, which has a stop a short walk away from the hotel.

Oslo is Norway's largest city, and is centered around the thoroughfare of Karl Johans Gate, which leads from the Royal Palace to Oslo Central Station. Visitors can expect to find shops, cafes, and bakeries along this route, and in the summer can watch mounted police officers and a military marching band lead the royal guards to the palace for the changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place daily at 1:30 p.m.

The waterfront Aker Byrgge area is also a popular area. In nice weather locals and tourists alike can be found strolling up and down the Stranden, lining up at the ice cream and hot dog stands, sitting on the benches to watch the boats, and dining at the outdoor restaurant tables along the street. The restaurants here, as in all of Norway, are astonishingly expensive -- though visitors trying to keep costs low will be able to find more affordable ethnic eateries (Indian, Thai, and Chinese) elsewhere in the city.

Most visitors should expect to walk quite a bit to get around, and to rely on the tram and bus system. Taxis, like everything else, are very expensive, and most tourists use them sparingly.

  • Right next to the Oslo Food Hall
  • 3-minute walk to Akerselva River
  • 3-minute walk to the Telthusbakken, where Bus 54 stops
  • 7-minute walk to Olaf Ryes Plass, a park in the heart of the leafy residential neighborhood of Grunerlokka, home to numerous shops
  • 7-minute bus ride or 20-minute walk to Oslo Central Station
  • 12-minute bus ride to the National Theater and the Royal Palace
  • 15 minutes by bus and food to the Opera House
  • 17-minute bus ride to Aker Brygge
  • 22 minutes by bus and foot to Oslo City Hall
  • 33 minutes by bus, foot, and ferry to Bygdoy, the peninsula that's home to the Viking Ship Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, Fram Museum, and Norwegian Maritime Museum

30-minute metro ride from Oslo Central Station to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump

 Bottom Line

The 149-room Scandic Vulkan is a contemporary, upper-middle-range boutique hotel outside of the city center. Rooms are stylish, with blue walls and bed throws, bright accent pillows, eye-catching graphic art of industrial beams on the walls behind the beds, wood floors, and handy storage cubes. But there few frills -- no real closets (instead, there's a closet rod attached to the wall) and no luggage racks; bathrobes, coffee/tea facilities, and bath products are only available in Superior Extra Rooms and above. The hotel was part of a city revitalization project that also involved a second hotel and the Oslo Food Hall (located right out the front door), and the shops and restaurants of Grunerlokka are within walking distance. An excellent free breakfast, a trendy restaurant and bar, and a small gym are upsides.

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Address

  • Maridalsveien 13 A, 0175 Oslo, Norway

Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Extra
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 149
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Oslo, Norway
Address: Maridalsveien 13 A, 0175 Oslo, Norway
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