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Oslo

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  • Day413

    Oslo

    August 13, 2017 in Norway

    Leaving the paragliders at the top of our hillside overnight spot, we filled and emptied the van at the service point in the nearby town. It was provided by a petrol station so we topped up with diesel to thank them for the free services.

    Next on our agenda came Oslo, Norway's capital city. We'd chosen to do a 'City Sunday' to make parking our 7 metre long van easier and because we hoped the streets and attractions would be less busy. Unable to park at the Sculpture Park as planned, we persevered, squeezing through streets where cars had unthinkingly parked opposite each other, leaving barely enough room for the van. Will managed to find a space on a road in the university quarter, next to a well used basketball court. It was a warm, bright and all importantly, dry day. People, many of whom looked like students, sat out on the grass and staged seating as we passed and made our way in towards the centre through a corridor of hipster bars and cafés. A couple of street performers from New York, dressed in jazzy attire, took advantage of their captive audience.

    Once the stress of parking began to subside we began to feel and appreciate the area's relaxed atmosphere. Being Sunday, there were several 'Loppis' (flee markets), a fruit and flower market and a corridor of hippy street stalls that sold a wide range of items. Bristle brushes, baby hareem pants and silver bangles were all on display alongside doughnuts and grilled paninis. We enjoyed looking around this Camden Locks of Oslo but kept our krone safely in our wallet. Around this alternative area there was some great wall art with graffitid images, scenes and sculptures on the sides of the buildings.

    Reaching the city centre we walked up the wide pedestrianised Karl Johans Gate to the inauspicious yellow brick Parliament Building. From here we had a view of the grand columns of the Royal Palace that sat within the park at the end at the street. We read that the Norwegian royal family actually live here and unlike many such residences, the public can go right up to the doors.

    Skirting round the Parliament we headed towards the large docks, from where we could see cruise ships, old Navy ships with mines and missiles on board and traditional square sailed tall ships, now used for ferrying tourists. Looking down on all this was the faded red brick fortress, a sprawling complex of relatively new buildings atop a low cliff.

    Our final destination in the capital was Oslo Opera House, an amazing building whose appearance was modelled to represent a glacier. Made of white stone and glass, it was created with an inclined roof that you could walk up on to for views. It's wide roof pavement was made up of many sloped sections, butted on to other parts that slanted at different angles. You needed to keep your eyes on where you walked lest you stumble up or down one of these joins. A couple of cuboid metal buildings protruded from the smooth lines of the roof, the Braille-like dimples on their otherwise flat chrome sides, providing a contrast to the sea of straight lines. The descent allowed us a view of the people enjoying the space below at ground level. They appeared a little like the figures in a Lowry painting and having come to Oslo on a Sunday deliberately to avoid crowds, we had the unusual feeling that the people enjoying the building around us actually went some way towards making it what it was. Inside this stunning piece of architecture was an outer area containing a café, seating and a few informatiom stalls and displays. 15m tall clear glass windows looked out upon the water in the dock and shed light on the straight and rich gold wooden slats that sat vertically and spiraled round and upwards containing the inner rooms and auditorium.

    We returned to the van via a less salubrious neighbourhood, passing by 3 men in particular that you would not want to meet down a dark alley and one woman who looked like a heroin addict heading out to score. It allowed us to see an extra dimension to a country that consistently comes at or neat the top of the scoreboard for the highest standard of living, income equality and people's levels of happiness. It reminded us that some will still seek to exploit and others will invariably fall through the cracks, however small they are.

    Overall, we really enjoyed the layed back Oslo we saw. We are sure the fine weather helped in this, as we were surrounded by people making the most of their leisure time in the sunshine. Our favourite place by far was the Opera House, accessible for all to enjoy.
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  • Day19

    Bette and I bit tired

    July 6, 2017 in Norway

    Bells are ringing again in Oslo. They chime the hour then play a tune to honour someone or other and we have lost two hours again so a bit confused. We have a gorgeous room in the hotel and the staff here are so obliging. Have to reorganise our luggage a bit before boarding the boat and we are going shoe shopping in the morning as one of my pairs of walking shoes fell apart in Iceland 🇮🇸 xxRead more

  • Day9

    Oslo

    June 26, 2017 in Norway

    Having fun here in Oslo. Weather mainly clear but cool for Summer max20 degrees. Been to amazing huge sculpture park and Viking museum. Bette reckons I would look the part with a Viking helmet on and standing at the bow. What is she trying to say? Went to the painter Edward Munch museum and saw a huge collection of his work then on to the Home of the Nobel Peace prize. We had a hilarious time trying to buy train tickets. The streets are full of young people celebrating their Schoolies and lots of buskers. Walked a lot and feet holding up ok . Food is great but very expensive. Hotel in a great position and very comfortable. More adventures tomorrow love to all B&B cxxRead more

  • Day11

    Last days in Oslo

    June 28, 2017 in Norway

    Have really enjoyed exploring Oslo further . The Nobel Peace prize museum was very moving. There was a very emotive exhibition on refugees that reminded me of the stories of so many of the refugees I taught. Todd and Col would have loved the Kontiki museum we went to with the actual raft as pictured here as well as another place which covered adventures to the Arctic and Antarctic in wooden ships. Today we went to the modern art gallery which had some interesting and also bizarre pieces. We were getting very tired and sat down in two huge red chairs and watched a terrible short film that made us laugh so hard we hardly were able to get out of the chairs. Bette decided to join the school children who were dressing up and having their photos taken. The attendant said the masks were just for kids but I managed to take this photo of her in the monster mask. See if the little ones recognise her!! We saw all theses little kids on outings today. Two carers pushed 6 kids about Ned's age in these two red wooden wagons . They let the kids run around on the grass for a while then lay them all down under a tree covered each one up and they all went to sleep. They were still there when we came out of the gallery. We wondered what magic spell they had performed. We then took a ferry out on the fjord. Early to bed tonight as we are off on our Iceland adventure tomorrow. XxxxxRead more

  • Day3

    A day in oslo

    September 5, 2016 in Norway

    Our flight to Oslo in the new 787 dreamliner was nice, although we learned that Norwegian does not include food or beverages on the 7 hour international flight unless you pay extra or flag them down for a glass of water. Another standard airline fee to add to the growing list.

    Oslo itself was probably the cleanest city we've been to. It is also one of the most expensive but we had an enjoyable stay.

    Based on recommendations from friends, we walked to the Vigeland Sculpture Park filled with hundreds of nude statues. Certainly interesting, and a beautiful large park. Then we walked around the city and had some mussels and fries and Herring for dinner at a small Norwegian restaurant called Nokken. An Uber drove us home since we were tired from several miles of walking our first day.
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  • Day17

    This morning we got up early as we were crossing the Arctic circle about 7am. Last evening the passengers were invited to submit a time when they thought this would happen, including the hour, the minute and the second. The Arctic circle is marked by a hollow globe on a small island.
    During the morning we proceeded on toward Boda past some impressive scenery. Some of the mountains appear quite close to the water.
    At Boda which has a population of 50,000 people we went on an Arctic Coastal Walk. The guide to this walk gave us a mixture of geology, agricultural and historical information. Apparently the beach could change in appearance quite considerably, and one day have lots of kelp whilst another day would just have sand. We were told that there had been a submerged coral reef in the vicinity, which contributed to the sand on the beach.
    We also came across a paddock of freshly baled hay. Due to the 24 hour light which happens above the Arctic circle, farmers can cut three lots of hay each summer. We also found cloud berries, which appeared very similar to strawberries.
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  • Day15

    On the Polarlys

    July 4 in Norway

    Yesterday afternoon we boarded the Polarlys in Bergen. The boat left at 8pm to music by the composer Grieg. Quite a moment. The boat has about 400 passengers and seven levels. There are numerous indoor and outdoor lounges. The meals are delicious with many choices.
    There was a lot of light at 2.30am and you could easily take photos. At one stage there appeared to be pink rock on the top of the mountains. However the photo was spoiled by the electric light on the ship's deck.
    We pulled into Maloy about 4.30am with the first rays of sun striking some of the town. Torvik was considerably smaller. After breakfast we came to Alesund which is about 26,000 people and apparently has a lot of commercial activity.
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  • Day18

    Tromso

    July 7 in Norway

    This morning we had a visit from King Neptune to baptise passengers who had crossed the Arctic Circle. This apparently is quite a tradition and many passengers participated. Anna was very quick with the camera and it was lots of fun.
    When we reached Tromso we did a self guided tour of the town. We went by taxi to the cable car and went up into the clouds. The ride was very smooth but there had been rain so the photos were not good. After the cable car we walked our way leisurely back to the boat via several points of interest. First we saw the Arctic Cathedral the roof of which was constructed with 2 metre sheets of metal. Anna says this is to cope with expansion.
    Then we walked over the bridge and admired several buildings along the waterfront. We looked at the library and also the Tromso Cathedral which was made of wood. Finally we saw the Polaria which was a funky Aquariam and the MS Polstjerna. Altogether another very interesting day.
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  • Day16

    A Morning in Trondheim

    July 5 in Norway

    This morning the Polarlys docked at Trondheim and we did an independent walking tour of the city. Trondheim which was formerly called Nidaros was founded in 997 A.D.. It was Norway's capital from 1030 to 1217 and is home to the Nidaros Cathedral which we saw during our walk.
    Trondheim is a mix of very old buildings such as the Cathedral and some old wooden buildings built on wooden stilts. These wooden buildings looked as though they had been there for many years and planning regulations have presumably changed since they were built. There were also some extremely modern buildings in Trondheim.
    We also wandered around the fishing area and admired the variety of boats we saw. Once again we had blue skies and a temperature approaching 20 deg c.
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