Right now, we drive round Oslo Inexperienced Metropolis in Norway with the BMW iX xDrive40.
Travelling is not as self-evident because it was once. With the world slowly opening up once more, we discover ourselves making extra acutely aware selections in not simply the destination we travel to, but in addition the kind of activities, accommodation and transportation that we use.
Not too long ago, we bought approached by BMW to expertise driving their model new BMW iX xDrive40 electrical automobile within the future-oriented metropolis of Oslo in Norway, which was named “European Inexperienced Capital” in 2019 for its dedication to conserving pure areas and lowering air pollution.
What higher than happening an Oslo Inexperienced Metropolis Expertise with a model that turned sustainable design from principle into actuality and is on the street (fairly actually) in the direction of climate-neutral and emission-free automobile mobility?
Because of BMW’s complete sustainability idea, the BMW iX is 45% beneath a comparable motorized SAV with a diesel engine in a comparability of greenhouse fuel emissions over the whole life cycle. They achieved that by the usage of completely renewable energies throughout manufacturing in addition to the usage of pure supplies and recyclates all through the design of the automobile.
Oslo has a robust deal with sustainable city residing, providing many experiences that mirror this perspective, so let’s dive proper in and present you our favorite spots, whereas on the similar time displaying you a close-up of all options of the automobile.
GREEN TRAVEL IN OSLO, NORWAY
NORWAY: COUNTRY WITH CIRCULAR AMBITION
The nation of Norway is much forward relating to electrical automobile adoption. The federal government launched into a program to ascertain no less than two fast-charging stations each 50 km on all predominant roads and Oslo honours its title of “Inexperienced Capital” by persevering with to stipulate new, sustainable objectives.
Oslo is without doubt one of the greenest capitals in Europe and options within the prime 5 most sustainable cities on the planet. Many former industrial websites have been changed into energy-efficient areas making use of geothermal wells, photo voltaic water heating and recycled vitality for its residential and business buildings.
Town is among the many world’s greatest relating to utilizing inexperienced expertise and they’re additionally leaders relating to the electrification of the transport sector.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINTS IN NORWAY
With an ever-growing community of public charging factors all through Norway, but in addition the remainder of the world, electrical driving will quickly be available for everybody!
WHICH ACTIVITIES TO DO?
The Journey Tester likes to assessment several types of excursions and actions world wide.
From well-known vacationer sights to bucket record experiences and from guided excursions to self-guided visits of historic locations, interactive museums, viewpoints, native occasions and rather more… if it appears to be like attention-grabbing to us, we’ll take a look at it!
Irrespective of the place you’re going, with our critiques you’ll know precisely the place to search out enjoyable actions!
SUSTAINABLE FEATURES BMWIX
We had been pleasantly shocked by the sustainable options of the BMW iX: The management island made from FSC licensed wooden, flooring masking produced with recycled fishing nets, leather-based coloured with olive leaves.
BMW is even the world’s first automobile producer producing tires from sustainable pure rubber! And to prime it off, throughout the whole manufacturing, renewable vitality was used.
MUST SEE IN OSLO
OSLO OPERA HOUSE
The Opera Home in Oslo is the actual eye-catcher within the Bjørvika space. That is the place the place the Norwegian Nationwide Opera and Ballet and different world-class artists carry out, however the constructing is sort of a star by itself. The fashionable angular constructing, designed by architect Tarald Lundevall of the Norwegian agency Snøhetta, blends into Oslo’s pure panorama.
Bonus tip: When you stroll over the white marble and granite roof, you’ll get one of the best views over the harbour.
Web site = www.operaen.no
Whereas we didn’t have time to slot in an precise Opera efficiency, the 4D sound within the iX compensated that fairly a bit! There have been even audio system within the headsets on the backseat chairs, which (along with the improbable glass panoramic roof) had been maybe my favorite function of the automobile.
However my absolute primary was the truth that from the floating heart management, I might choose a music and switch the music up simply by waving my fingers up and down! This have to be what the longer term appears to be like like…
MUSEUM PENINSULA BYGDOY
Earlier than we drove over to the peninsula with the iX (on one of many extra sunny days throughout our keep in Oslo we took the ferry, which was additionally very handy), we shortly purchased some refreshments in one of many outlets on the Aker Brygge wharf.
For Nick a recent espresso, for me a matcha latte tea – all the time. And for each of us a recent kanelbolle. This typical native cinnamon roll is one thing that ought to be compulsory on any go to to Scandinavia!
Driving in a spot that you simply’re not acquainted with is all the time a bit thrilling, however Nick had no hassle navigating the streets of Oslo.
I’d love to deal with this 100% to his driving expertise, however I’m positive that the clever digital steering, lane management and parking assistants guiding him from the BMW Curved Show performed a big half in it too – don’t inform Nick I stated that!
NORWEGIAN FOLK MUSEUM
Our first go to was to the open air Norsk Folkemuseum, the place we secretly loved our cinnamon bun in one of many historic buildings. Happiness can typically be discovered within the easiest issues, don’t you agree?
This expansive museum was based in 1894 by Hans Aall with about 155 buildings reminiscent of previous homes, church buildings and barns from over the whole nation. Spotlight for us was by far the thirteenth century Gol Stave Church, which dates all the best way again to 1216! And strolling by the recreated avenue lined with half-timbered homes additionally made us neglect for a second that we had been really strolling round in a contemporary metropolis!
Web site = www.norskfolkemuseum.no
We additionally visited the Fram Museum and may extremely advocate it. The Fram (which in Norwegian means ahead) was a ship that was used on varied voyages of exploration to the polar areas. It was constructed particularly for this objective by order of Fridtjof Nansen in 1892.
The museum may be very interactive, letting us discover each nook of the ship and sharing the tales of the crew in nice element, which made historical past virtually come alive. Particularly going into the “ice-room”, we had been so joyful that we’ve got much less harmful jobs as an architect and journey blogger as an alternative of getting to endure freezing temperatures whereas residing in tents on one of many poles, ha!
Web site = www.frammuseum.no
MORE OSLO MUSEUM
Different museums on the peninsula that we might have cherished to go to, however merely didn’t have the time for had been: the Kon-Tiki Museet, the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Vikingsskipshuset (Viking ship museum).
From the ferry, we additionally got here previous the spectacular constructing of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Fashionable Artwork, which we heard has nice exhibitions. Subsequent time!
OSLO FOR DESIGN LOVERS
As one of many quickest rising capitals of Europe, Oslo has seen quite a lot of giant building tasks realized prior to now years. Visiting Oslo with an architect, after all there have been some areas that we couldn’t skip throughout our keep.
For instance, we drove the iX to Barcode, a newly developed space consisting of twelve slender high-rise buildings of various heights and widths. The buildings are constructed with some house in between them, thus collectively resembling a barcode. Right here, you will discover extra high-end outlets, artwork galleries and eating places, however let’s be truthful: we solely got here right here so Nick might contact some partitions.
One other spot we didn’t wish to miss was the Oslobukta neighbourhood. It is a utterly new borough that includes many alternative eating places and outlets, a improbable swimming pier and distinctive buildings that gave off a calming vibe on the sunny day we walked round right here.
Whereas the Munch Museum wasn’t but open after we visited, the constructing alone was unimaginable to see. The architects from the Spanish agency estudio Herreros designed a constructing that can positively praise Edvard Munch’s works, which the artist donated to the museum upon his demise.
Web site = www.munchmuseet.no
GREEN, SUSTAINABLE FOOD OPTIONS IN OSLO
We had been delighted to see that many eating places in Oslo supply inexperienced menus with domestically grown natural produce or meat-free meals. Additionally the supply of worldwide cuisines shocked us rather a lot. The value of most eating places and drinks additionally shocked us, haha, however with the upper priced meals additionally got here nice high quality and loads of choices, so we couldn’t actually complain.
Our favorite spots included:
This espresso bar isn’t like others. It’s principally a micro roastery and espresso bar, run by World Barista Champion and World Cup Tasters Champion Tim Wendelboe. They’ve the objective of being among the many greatest on the planet, so after all we needed to make a cease and ensure that certainly, their espresso is one thing to write down residence about!
A real assembly level of various kitchens from all around the world in a big venue crammed with folks and a very good ambiance. With 16 completely different meals stalls and 4 bars, there’s something right here for everybody! We particularly loved the Okonomiyaki dish from “Gohan” and the Greek Gyros from “Meraki”. Topped off with a Norwegian beer and cider, after all.
Vulkan is a newly developed environmentally acutely aware neighborhood in Oslo, which arose from a former industrial web site by the river Akerselva. This vibrant neighborhood options Oslo’s first worldwide meals courtroom: Mathallen.
We parked our BMW iX proper in entrance of the Mathallen and hopped inside for a recent lunch from fish specialist “Vulkanfisk Sjømatbar”. I went for the salmon poke bowl, which was MASSIVE (and tasted sooo good!) and Nick went for the fish burger, which I virtually didn’t get photographed since he devoured it just about immediately (as he ought to). Now we had been all charged up and able to go once more!
By the best way, we didn’t must cost our automobile (BMW iX xDrive40), because it has such low energy consumption (lower than 23 kWh/100 km) and a variety of as much as 425 km. However, if we would have liked to, we had been instructed that the automobile expenses from 10% to 80% in lower than 40 minutes! What’s additionally cool is that the iX can robotically add appropriate charging breaks to your street journey route for locations which are outdoors your obtainable vary.
This casual and enjoyable restaurant opened as Norway’s first avenue meals restaurant in 2013. The meals is impressed by the hawkers discovered all through South-East Asia and served family-style, made to share. Our get together dug into an enormous pork knuckle and even perhaps larger redfish that was fried completely. The aspect dishes included watermelon salad and Thai fish truffles that I nonetheless dream about. Every part was so packed filled with flavour and the workers actually knew methods to entertain us properly all night.
Within the night, we stopped by this cocktail bar that’s well-known for its use of home-grown herbs. The inside is roofed with climbing vegetation, the bar has its personal greenhouse and all drinks are made with recent substances and botanic components. Find it irresistible!
Vippa is one other nice meals courtroom located on the sting of the Oslo fjord. There are 11 meals stands, providing sustainable and numerous meals. Whereas we really feel this is able to be a greater place to go to throughout summer time, when you’ll be able to have a drink within the solar outdoors, we nonetheless have a enjoyable time visiting in fall! Take not although, that Vippa is situated a bit out of the middle, so in case you’re right here only for a short time, you would possibly wish to skip it.
ECO-FRIENDLY SHOPPING IN OSLO
On our final day within the metropolis, we headed over to the Grünerløkka space, the place we discovered many classic outlets and native design companies. This neighbourhood is ideal to select up a memento earlier than heading residence!
You would possibly wish to take a look at:
- Velouria Classic
- Søstrene Grene
- Lille Fot
- Chillout Journey Retailer
- Noa Noa
- Retro Lykke
- Classic Put on by Ny York
- Fretex Unika
- … and plenty of extra!
ELECTRIC DRIVING: THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL?
Human consumption has a serious affect on the local weather and atmosphere, and as acutely aware shoppers, we are able to all make a distinction. That’s the energy of selection!
Encouraging the usage of electrical automobiles won’t solely assist cities and international locations attain their local weather objectives, it’ll additionally vastly cut back air and noise air pollution, and improve the city atmosphere for its residents.
Sustainability goes hand in hand with a greater high quality of life and we imagine that good design lies on the coronary heart of our new, round economic system. Recessed door handles, frameless doorways, streamflow home windows, a freestanding, floating heart console and even normal 5G state-of-the-art web connection… These components are (whereas tremendous cool) only a small a part of what makes the BMW iX revolutionary! With pure & recycled supplies, low energy consumption and a wide variety, this automobile has been designed with sustainability in thoughts and redefines what automobile journey can appear like.
BMW iX is really main the best way for a future technology of extra sustainable transportation. And it began by adopting a sustainable mindset and saying YES to making an attempt new issues, which is all that we stand for right here at The Journey Tester. Tell us: When will you’re taking the journey with BMW to form the longer term?
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