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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 30th 2017

Our journey from Tyssedal to Voss by bus then onto change to a train from Voss to Oslo was a scene one. I was surprised by the volume of snow that was covering the mountains. They were not that high either but laden with snow. It was a very pretty journey. When we arrived in Oslo, we checked into the Scandic Hotel, which was very conveniently located across from the train station. We faffed around for half an hour then met Zoë at the ferris wheel. We wandered up Karl Johan Gate- the Main Street that lead to Parliament House, the Royal Palace and then down to the promenade walk, along the river- which brings you around to many historic sights of Oslo. We ate out at Lekert'n which was on the water and out in ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 19th 2017

Started the day with a visit to the Munch Museum. Although Munch's painting the 'Scream' is not on display here there are a large number of his paintings including the 'Sun'. The gallery is broken up into four main areas to highlight his art. I enjoyed the exhibition. From here i caught the Metro to see the Oslo Cathedral, this was formerly known as Our Savior's Church and is the main church for the Church of Norway Diocese of Oslo, as well as the parish church for downtown Oslo. The building dates from 1694-1697. The church is mainly used by the NorwegianRoyal Family and the Norwegian Government for public events. Beautiful artwork on the ceiling. I had a bit of a walk around the streets. Lots of people out and about... read more
Cathedral roof
Out and about
Oslo City Hall

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 16th 2017

With a plan for all the places we wanted to see today, we set off in the rain towards Bygdoy Where there are a number of museums very close togethe. The number 30 bus took us straight there. We purchased a 24 hour Oslo pass from the Maritime Museum. The pass gives you access to all attractions, train, bus and ferry. First was the Norway Maritime Museum showing some of Norway's coast culture and maritime history include boat models, fishing, marine archeology, marine paintings, ship building, and shipping. The Arctic ship Gjoe was on display. Gjoe was the first vessel to transit the Northwest Passage in a 1903-06 expedition of Roald Amundsen. Followed this up with the Fram Museum which honours polar Norwegian polar exploration in general and three great Norwegian explorers in particular Fridtjof Nansen, ... read more
Lovely figure heads
Viking ship

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo October 14th 2016

The rail trip from Gothenburg to Oslo is rather more entertaining than its predecessor, with some pretty lagoons and inlets north of Gothenburg followed by an extended series of regional towns and outer-outer suburbs on the Norwegian side of the border. The public transport system in Oslo is nice and friendly, and we found our way easily to our digs in an old apartment building, close to the centre of town. It was just down the road from the National Theatre, where Ibsen was booed and celebrated; as well as from the American Embassy and the Nobel Institute, both of which bring to mind the new Nobel Prize-winner for literature receiving a similarly mixed response. We had a little trouble contacting our host (who was up on the top floor) but a friendly co-tenant helped us ... read more
Viking ship
Helen at the folk museum
Opera (exterior)

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo October 3rd 2016

We left Oslo wishing we had more time, but it was time for the next adventure in the Swiss Alps. The mist of the day before had turned heavier, sprinkling lightly as we walked back to the Oslo terminal. Fortunately again, it was just a few yards to the covered walkway. We had a ticket on SAS, code shared with Swiss Air, actually operated by Helvetic, a Swiss Air subsidiary. We had a shock trying to check in the night before the flight and being told “that ticket is invalid for check-in ” at SAS. It took some sleuthing but found the reservation on Swiss Air, but we still couldn’t check in. We gave some more margin to get to the airport. “Check-in” was easy by waving a barcode from an email under a scanner. Then ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo August 20th 2016

After enduring two snorers and a very hot room (street noise if you leave the window open!) I'm glad to set off down towards the harbour area to get my ticket for the ferry to the Bygdøy peninsula home to about six museums! I realise the 24 hour Oslo Pass will save me loads of money and includes ferry and museum entry along with a load of other perks so get myself one of these instead. A boat has just left so I have a wander around the harbour while I wait for the next one. There seems to be some kind of event going on with marquees and two large decorative elephants, oh and a really ornate gypsy caravan. Amongst all the tourist paraphernalia, tours, boat trips, food outlets, cruise ships etc there are three ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo August 19th 2016

Setting off from Norwich bus station at 7am I'm heading off on my travels again this time to Norway, starting in Oslo. This is another in my tried and tested series 'Doing it on the cheap!' using budget airlines and youth hostels plus buses and ferries rather than the much more expensive cruise option that many seem to favour for Norway. I'm hoping for some stunning scenery after I get out of the capital city and a bit of trolsk. Apparently a word without a single word translation in English other than troll which isn't really its proper meaning at all - according to what I've read anyway! Trolsk really means an eerie, ephemeral misty forest or mountain atmosphere, a feeling that, when you're out walking at dusk, at any moment a troll might appear from ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 13th 2016

Being kilometres away from civilisation seemed to have some positive effect on being able to sleep in despite the fact that the sun still rose at a ridiculous and indecent hour of the morning. The drive down to our next stop just south of Norway’s capital, Oslo, could have been a relatively short drive for us but we have decided to take the scenic route along the length of the Randsfjord.It will be interesting see how this fjord compares to the ones on the west coast as the land here is not nearly as steep. Just after breakfast as we completing our pack up inside but before we started to take the stuff out to the car a moose walked by the apartment. Earlier we had joked with our daughter that we were so far out ... read more
He has seen me!
Happily chewing on the green leaves
Living area of our apartment

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 12th 2016

I'm writing this in the Oslo airport - we got here ridiculously early for our flight to Paris because I've contracted a cold and so wasn't up to sightseeing in town today. Anyway, this gives me a chance to catch up a bit on the blog. After the challenging but hugely rewarding hike on our first day at Gjendesheim, the next day we walked a low-level nature trail. A complete contrast, and our legs welcomed the break. Then back at it the following day: we intended to do a 5.5-hour loop in a mountain valley, but the hike ended up taking more like 8 hours. We were by another long, narrow lake with rounded, snow-covered mountains around it. This time we saw a herd of about 100 reindeer - and they saw us. At first they ... read more
A whole pack o' reindeer

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 5th 2016

Lynn, Rose and I have just arrived in Oslo. Yesterday we went to the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, half an hour by train from Copenhagen. They have a great exhibit of five ships that were sunk in the harbour around 1050 to block the entrance of attacking fleets. Some are smaller trading ships but one is a raiding ship over 30 metres long. We had a whirlwind tour of Copenhagen this morning on city bikes. Big, heavy ones with power assist and a built-in tablet with navigation software. A great way to get around a flat city like Copenhagen. Tomorrow we're off to Jotunheim National Park to do some hiking in the mountains.... read more

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