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  • Day19

    Snowy days

    March 7 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

    This morning we woke up to snow and a cold breeze as the Nordnorge docked at 6am in Trondheim. A dramatic contrast to yesterday in Ålesund. We trundled off into the city rugged up in our thick winter coats and fleeces. So cold and it will get colder! By the time we had stopped in at the Nidarosdomen (the cathedral), crossed over the Gamle Bybro (old bridge), and wandered through the city streets it was time to head back to the ship. Had the weather been nicer we would have liked to stay a bit longer but our cheeks were going numb. The town has some interesting history having been established by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in about AD 997. He converted to Christianity and declared himself king. The cathedral became a place of pilgrimage. King Olav was later consecrated and became a saint. There is an island just inside the harbour called Munkholmen (Monk Island) which once housed monks, but before that it was used as a place of executions. The heads of the executed were put on spikes and visitors to the island had to spit on them as a sign of reverence. Macabre but interesting.Read more

  • Day20

    Crossing the arctic circle

    March 8 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    The day began by crossing the arctic circle at 07hours 12 minutes and 59 seconds! The day just got better and better. It has been a day of fabulous and draw dropping landscapes of snow and ice, coast to coast. I have to say that we get treated pretty well on the Nordnorge and there is plenty to do. To welcome us at the arctic circle the Norse god Njord - god of theRead more

  • Day413

    Oslo

    August 13, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    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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  • Day3

    A day in oslo

    September 5, 2016 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    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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  • Day19

    Bette and I bit tired

    July 6, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    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

  • Day17

    Crossing the Arctic circle

    July 6, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    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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