Ready for a gay Oslo tour?
Here is the interview of Morten, a local from the City.
Hello Morten, tell us a bit about you?
I am Norwegian and have been born and lived in Oslo almost all my life. Therefore, I have been living in different areas of the town.
Currently, I work as a social worker, and on my free time I like to go hiking in the hills and mountain around our city, in the winter cross-country skiing, and in the summer, I love to go to the islands in the Oslo-fjord for swimming and sunbathing.
Why do you love Oslo that much?
Oslo is a small but active city. It’s dynamic, tolerant and multicultural and you can have fun here, even if it can’t be considered as a leading gay travel destination.
I like the eastern part of the inner city, called Grünerløkka most. It’s where I live. There are many excellent restaurants, cafes, and pubs there. A lot of gays and artists live there. And the best thing is that we have many parks where people gather in the summer.
The other thing is the vicinity of the forest and islands around Oslo. It takes short time with our excellent public transportation, boat or metro to be in nature.
My favorite local places
Walking in the district of Grünerløkka or Grønland and just take a coffee, beer in some outdoor place and people watch.
Going on the fjord with the ferries to some of the islands and swim or sunbathe. Some of them are naturists beaches for gays and can be quite cruisy.
Going to a small lake in Oslo’s forest called Svartkulp for nude sunbathing and swimming. It’s nice to stay there all day and night if you have a small tent.
Have an evening with friends in the two strictly gay bars we have here in Oslo.
Restaurants in Oslo
Oslo has a lot of international restaurants but very few who have a Norwegian menu, though most restaurants have fish, and that is very Norwegian.
My favorite restaurant is Habibi, which is the best Middle Eastern restaurant in Oslo
Then we have delicious and quite cheap sushi and Asian restaurant called Monsun.
Kaffistova is a restaurant very near the 2 gay bars in the city and has very typical Norwegian food. An excellent is the most Norwegian place in Oslo.
Lorry is also a good, old restaurant with a lot of artists frequenting.
Which are the four main spots you like to show to gay travelers in Olso?
First of all, Olaf Ryes park on Grûnerløkka, with many outdoor and indoor restaurants and cafes, frequented with a mix of gays and straights.
The Opera building which you can walk on, very near the sea.
Have a picnic in the Frognerpark with all the beautiful sculptures.
Take the Metro to the restaurant Frognerseteren to enjoy the panoramic view of Oslo and the fjord.
What about gay local life in Oslo?
Oslo is a very tolerant city, but also a small town, so we don’t have mainly exclusively gay venues, most of them are pretty mix. But we have some, and we have a lot of active cruising spots out in nature in the spring, summer, and autumn.
The cultural scene in Oslo is very active and frequented and used by many gays, so it’s really easy to get in contact with people.
Gay Oslo bars and more gay venues
Oslo has two strictly gay bars, but you will be welcome everywhere.
London Pub is the oldest gay pub in Oslo. It’s a traditional pub with a pool table downstairs and a disco which is open after 22 most nights. Very often they have drag shows and karaoke. It is a very social place catering for most ages.
Elsker is a place 1 minute away from London. It’s mostly younger people there and it has a very good atmosphere.
Oslo SLM is a bar, open in the weekends with theme nights and a lot of cruising /action. If you are nude, you don’t have to pay for the entrance.
Vigeland’s … and homoerotic sculpture park in Oslo
To see beautiful, muscular and always naked Norwegians, you have to go to Vigeland Park. With more than one million visitors per year, this park is one of Norway’s first attractions but it is also the largest sculpture park in the world filled with works by the same artist.
This surreal, dreamlike, magical and sometimes disturbing place gathers the works of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. There are 212 sculptures in granite, bronze, or wrought iron are exhibited in a park that was built for this purpose.
The statues symbolize the emotions and experiences of human life. There are 58 naked men and women in every imaginable pose and in every age of life. The bronze statue of the angry boy is among the most famous sculptures in the park along with the Monolith and the Wheel of Life.
One cannot be certain that such was the artist’s intention, but these entwined bodies, these muscular buttocks, these bulging pectoral muscles, give off a very strong homo eroticism. This ode to hyper masculinity is not unlike the works of Tom of Finland, and the polemics that may have accompanied it.
Gay bars in Oslo, clubs and parties
Gay Sauna and cruising in Oslo
Oslo is the right place to other explore North European Cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin. or even take a flight to Iceland. Or to visit the Baltic countries and cities such as Tallin, Vilnius or Riga. Those 3 last cities, it will help your wallet to recover.