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  • Day14

    DFDS ⛴ nach Hause

    August 16 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Nun geht es unweigerlich wieder nach Hause. Die Fähre liegt schon am Kai. Es geht über Fredrikshavn nach Kopenhagen.
    Nach dem Bording wird die Stimmung wie immer etwas wehmütig, die Eindrücke entlang der Küste des Oslofjords tun ihr übriges dazu 😔
    Ein Schauspiel der besonderen Art hatten wir dann noch durch 3 Jetski Fahrer, die in unserem Heckstrahl viel Spaß hatten und richtig rasant immer wieder die Wellen gekreuzt haben.
    Das Wetter war uns auch hold, so dass wir fast einen Sonnenbrand an Deck bekommen hätten 🌞
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  • Day14

    Stabkirche Heddal - Oslo

    August 27 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Nach einer romantischen und einsamen Nacht am Flussufer ging es dann zur Stabkirche Heddal. Es gab eine informative Ausstellung über die Zusammenhänge der nordischen Sirguds-Sage und Wagner Nibelungen Sage, sowie dem Herrn der Ringe von Tolkien, der sich von den nordischen Sagen inspirieren ließ.
    Anschließend fuhren wir nach Oslo und stehen jetzt auf dem Ekeberg Camping über der Stadt und lassen den Abend ausklingen.
    Natürlich mit selbstgemachter Pizza, Lillet und Gin. 😇
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  • Day144


    August 29, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Sorry guys, I am very delayed here so will try to catch up!

    We only had one full day in Norways capital. Admittedly I was completely under prepared and hadn’t researched anything to do..

    Sunday we stocked up at the supermarket as were heading West toward Norway.. notorious for being hugely expensive. Our stopover was next to a lake in Varmskog in central Sweden. Staying in little cabins, with tiny doors, we had a relaxed evening playing scattegories.

    On arrival the evening before heading into the city, we were fed by our host a Norwegian dinner. It consisted of cauliflower soup to start and salmon for main and was really delicious.

    Our first destination in Oslo was the Holmenkollen Ski Jump museum. Nestled underneath the Ski Jump, the museum tells of the history of skiing in Norway and in general and has some cool interactive features including a wind machine that you stick your face in and switch from breeze to storm..

    There is a viewing platform from the top of the jump providing a moody view of the city.  There is also a ball pool .. not sure it was intended for adults but we slid in ..Stuart popping a ball on the way in :)

    There was also a zip wire that looked immense, but at £60 a pop, we decided against it! We were definitely beginning to discover how expensive Norway is!

    Heading back into the city, we got stuck in a signal fault and had to leave the subway. We ended up having to walk quite a way before we finally found some lunch at about 3pm.

    Good timing meant that a former colleague was holidaying in Oslo. She, like me, is a lawyer who is looking for a career change. Was great to catch up over beers opposite the Opera House and ended with promises to communicate any lightbulb moments about career choices!

    The day ended with our first escape room. Hannah and Luke had done one of these before and - for any of you who haven’t like us - you get locked in a set of rooms with the aim of solving puzzles/clues to escape. We were in a mafia setting and worked well as a team to get out within the hour.

    We then headed back to the apartment to sleep and prepare for a long drive west the next day.
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  • Day14

    Skurriler Park

    August 1 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Es gibt ja nichts was es nicht gibt.

  • Day6

    Day 6, Oslo

    September 6, 2018 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    The last stop of the holiday today in Oslo, Norway. The weather forecast today wasn’t so good, lots of rain in fact. However, although very cloudy and slightly cooler, we did avoid any rain whilst docked. It was an early dock, we were at the berth by 7am and being the last stop we set the alarm for 6.15am. Cor blimey did we know about that !! Anyway we got up and headed for the front of the ship. Once again a nice quiet glide in. To be fair, to take full advantage of the approach we would have needed to be on deck for about 5am, needless to say we didn’t bother.

    We’ve been here twice before so didn’t really have anything planned, and the weather could have scuppered things. But as it was dry we decided on a 2hr Fjord cruise run Independently from the port. It was ok, not brilliant but ok. It was overshadowed by the fact it was Baltic, windy and 2 whole hours in the cooler breeze. We would have also seen just as much on the way out from our ship, but there you go, you live and learn.

    Due to the fact I thought I was going to die from hypothermia when we got back, we got straight back on our ship and had some lunch before getting off yet again to look around the shops. I was armed that time with a thick fleece and a jumper. It was an early sail-away so we had to be back on board for 3.30pm which thankfully cut the shopping a bit short. We decided to stand on top of the bridge for the sail-away and we were up there for about an hour before wandering to the back of the ship for a cuppa. We sailed down quite a narrow fjord out of Oslo for about an hour and a half with some very nice sites, before joining the North Sea.

    We were invited to the Captains Cocktail Party tonight, formal dress and plenty of canapés and drinks. It’s always nice and we decided to attend tonight. We got chatting to some lovely people. As the party was finishing, Eddie the Eagle was behind us, so we went and said a quick hello and got a selfie. He was a really nice bloke, very chatty and very friendly. Sharon went up to him and said “Hi, you are Eddie aren’t you?”, I just wished he’d have said “No, I’m Dave from Birmingham why?”. He didn’t, he said yes and started to chat. Next we graced the formal dining room with our presence, Sharon had snails to start and Lobster for main, Beef Wellington for me. We were lucky (in one way) whilst we were in the handbag shop (that’s the not so lucky bit, being in the handbag shop), the captain 👨‍✈️ came in had a look around and just started talking to us. Sharon asked him if he got a good discount 😂😂, he said he didn’t buy handbags. Again, a nice bloke. We told him how much we enjoyed Skagen yesterday and how welcoming they were. He told us they were very excited and thankful for our visit and that the mayor had come on board to thank him personally, it was quite nice. So we’ve had a very sociable evening.

    We were going to go out on the open deck to watch tonight’s movie, but due to heavy precipitation in the atmosphere (Its pissing down), we had a cuppa at the back of the ship and are now off to our cabin to possibly watch s movie or more likely to fall asleep 💤 .Last day on board tomorrow so will be busy, we’ve been told to prepare for some stormy waters, lovely, just how we like it.

    So until tomorrow folks.....
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  • Day269

    Übernachtung bei Oslo

    June 27, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Die Nacht verbrachten wir auf einem Campingplatz oberhalb von Oslo. Der Platz war riesig und lässt erahnen, wie viele Menschen es nach Norwegen zieht, um hier Urlaub zu machen. Im angrenzenden Park rund um den Campingplatz gab es eine tolle Kunstausstellung und wenn man bis ans Wasser gegangen ist noch einen beeindruckenden Ausblick über Oslo. Bei der Abreise haben wir uns von einem netten Paar (Hamburger aus Ingolstadt), die schon viel Erfahrung mit Norwegen haben, noch Tipps für die weitere Route geholt. Wir sind gespannt!Read more

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