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