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Where to stay in Oslo – The Scandic Vulkan Hotel

Scandic Vulkan Hotel, Oslo, Norway - thetraveloguer travel blog

When visiting Oslo in the winter, having somewhere nice and cosy to come in from the cold to is pretty important. The Scandic Vulkan* in Oslo is ideal in that it offers awesome rooms with thoughtful, modern touches in a hotel that is centrally located and with beautiful aesthetics.

The Scandic Vulkan, Oslo, room with a view

Located in the up-and-coming Vulkan neighbourhood, right next to hipster-friendly Grunerlokka, the Scandic Vulkan is within walking distance from the central train station in Oslo, and is right beside the famous Mathallen food market.

The lobby is modern and welcoming, decorated in calming dark tones with splashes of popping colour. There is a small bar, a 24 hour shop and plenty of couches that promise to swallow you up and render you stuck for the night, gazing out at the snowy world outside.

The Scandic Vulkan lobby decor - Oslo, Norway

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Bedrooms at the Scandic Vulkan


Scandic Vulkan Hotel, Oslo, Norway - thetraveloguer travel blog

The Scandic Vulkan has 149 rooms, and 15 of those are specially adapted to cater for people with disabilities.

Our room had exactly what I could want from a hotel room. Everything was clean and new, with fantastic street art on the walls, a desk overlooking the snowy, wintery outside from above, and, perhaps best of all, the Nespresso machine complete with pods and cups.

Scandic Vulkan Desk with a view -

We were on the eighth floor, so we had a great view of both the snowy hills and the streets below.

View from the Scandic Vulkan hote, Oslo - the traveloguer travel blog

The artwork in our room was created by Swedish artist Emma Tingard and, as far as I’m aware, all of the rooms have their own unique touch.

Nice bed at the Scandic Vulkan, Oslo

Tingard specialises in faces and street art-inspired colours. She chooses subjects with unusual characteristics. I adored the painting of Greta Garbo on our wall.

Street Art in the Scandic Vulkan hotel, Oslo


Environmental Sustainability at the Scandic Vulkan


The information pack in our room made for an insightful read. (I also loved how they used paper with a fabulously over-sized paper clip instead of the traditional leather folder!) The Scandic Vulkan is the first Engery Class A rated hotel in Norway. Pretty impressive.

Scandic Vulkan hotel brochure - the traveloguer

They use solar panels and geo-thermal heating, and their commitment to being green is evident throughout the hotel. Even the bin was environmentally friendly.

Scandic Vulkan Hotel bin - Oslo, Norway

In the bathroom, there was a little sign saying how those little containers you get in a lot of hotels are worse for the environment, and how it’s better to use refillable containers.

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Scandic Vulkan - soap sticker

As soon as I read that it was so obvious! I had never thought about all those plastic bottles of mini shampoo etc in hotels. The Scandic Vulkan has being green down!

Breakfast at the Scandic Vulkan


I think my favourite thing about staying in the Scandic Vulkan was the breakfast. It was so, so good. It had everything I could want in a breakfast, and a couple of extras I haven’t had in other hotels. Like the smoothie selection. There was a variety of big bottles of fresh smoothies chilling in a bucket of ice so you can pour a glass of what ever one catches your eye..

Weclome at the Scandic Vulkan breakfast -

Then there was the waffle maker, which was so cool. I love waffles!

The fruit selection was great too, with mango and watermelon and so many toppings to put on your yoghurt, from coconut shavings to granola and sunflower seeds.
Scandic Vulkan hotel breakfast in Oslo - thetraveloguer travel blog.jpg

The camera on my phone has started acting up, so I was only able to sneak one image of the breakfast with my other camera, which is a real shame because it was definitely worthy of being captured!

Here is an image from the Scandic Vulkan Instagram page, so you can get an idea of what’s on offer!

Deilig frokost med Caroline❤️ #frokost #morogdatter #hovedstaden #iskaldt #desayuno

A photo posted by @hildegardnilsen on

Scandic Vulkan – it’s the little things


I really enjoy nice little touches in hotels. It can be so easy for a hotel to succumb to identical, cookie-cutter rooms and the minimum requirements, and of course, that makes sense. Guests are paying for a decent night’s sleep, a clean room and a little ambiance. But when a hotel goes the extra mile, it is remembered.

Scandic Vulkan - little touches

At the Scandic Vulkan, I really appreciated the little extras that impressed me. From the magazines in the (really nice) desk, to the Nespresso machine and the artwork, the Scandic Vulkan managed to elevate our room to something a little special.

Scandic Vulkan Hotel, Oslo - The Traveloguer travel blog

I loved the lamp in our room, that looked like it came from a movie-set, and that brown leather chair was so comfortable!

Scandic Vulkan Oslo, comfy leather armchair and great light -

It goes to show what a few little extra touches can do!

(Two nights at the Scandic Vulkan for two people on a January weekend is currently €357 on

*I was a guest of the Scandic Vulkan during my stay. All opinions are, of course, my own. 

Scandic Vulkan
Maridalsveien 13 A
0178 Oslo
Phone: +47 21 05 71 00

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    Bilna Sandeep
    February 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I loved the art works in the room. Lovely.. and about the environment friendly concepts they have put is really good. I say all of Tourism industry must adapt to methods like this as much as possible ..
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    Melissa L.
    February 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to Norway!

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    The Muser
    February 3, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Great Review!

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    February 3, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Looks like an awesome place to stay! Love the Emma Tingard headboard!

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    February 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Post looks great. I’ve just been to Oslo and sadly I was only there for one full day so I wasn’t able to explore much. I plan to go back at some point but more towards the summer, although it was November when I went and not too cold I’d like to be able to see the views and the fjord clearly.
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    Laura | Collecting Labels
    February 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I’m so in love with the design of this hotel – so beautiful! I’ll definitely be looking into this when I plan my next trip to Oslo! Thanks 🙂

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    February 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing the library. My new requirement for travel is a bathtub and a library. 🙂 I like the nostalgic feeling of reading in a reading room or library…and well baths, no need to explain there. I also love that this hotel is so eco friendly. Makes America look bad. We need to try harder!!!

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    February 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these tips! Oslo is a city that definitely is in my list of the places to visit.
    So I think this post is going to be very useful in the future!

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    February 3, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I still haven’t been to Oslo, but this looks like a very cool option to keep in mind. Thank you!

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    February 4, 2016 at 12:20 am

    I have never been to Oslo, but this looks like a good time and great food!! Cheers! Happy Travels!

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    nastasia wong
    February 5, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Looks like a great place!

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    February 9, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    What a beautifully designed hotel! And baked beans!!! The British in me is hungry!

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    February 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve never been to Oslo but reading this, I really want to go!

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    February 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    It looks like a very nice hotel. Oslo is expensive anyway, so you might as well be in a great place!

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    February 9, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Looks interesting, different but very interesting! Even the breakfast looked good!
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    February 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    So cosy and inviting. I love the humour of the hotel and the single detail it has. Thanks for this great recomendation. 😉
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    February 11, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Hey that’s a hipster hotel! Great! I haven’t looked at it that way too according to the soap! Great you had a waffle maker!

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    February 14, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Oslo looks amazing although the cold would be quite something for me I think. Loved the bedroom photos of the guy and girl behind the bed. Looks like a fabulous place to stay.

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    Sarah Twain
    February 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Oslo looks amazing and with a great review like this, I might have to get someof those Ryanair cheap flights and head out there x

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