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.
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.
Bedrooms at the Scandic Vulkan
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.
We were on the eighth floor, so we had a great view of both the snowy hills and the streets below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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!
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.
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.
I loved the lamp in our room, that looked like it came from a movie-set, and that brown leather chair was so comfortable!
It goes to show what a few little extra touches can do!