Coming to Oslo can be best described in two parts where; 1) We had never been here before and a good
Norwegian friend of ours had told us it was an interesting place to visit. And (2) is that
the "Norway in a Nutshell" train tour to Flam and Bergen, originates here for us.
We flew in on a Thursday morning, and as the train tour was scheduled to depart the next morning early, we knew that we had to put together a lean, but fast, exploration of the city. This was aided by the fact that we had long since worked up a list of things we wanted to see, and also because our hotel was adjacent to the City Transportation office where we would be able to purchase tickets.
Our flight arrived at 10:40AM and we took the Flytoget Train from the airport into the city. As usual, the train station was beneath the airport, so all we had to do is wheel our luggage down the escalator and hop onto the train.
Jernbanetorget Transportation Center
Our hotel is just around the corner to the left of the bus. The light rail station
is underneath the area where the buses are lined up, and the Oslo Central Train Station is
just left of this area as well.
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Comfort Hotel Grand Central
We had booked a room at the Comfort Hotel Grand Central, and to our surprise, this hotel was immediately adjacent to the train station. When we got off the train, we came outside of the train station, and used Celeste's cell phone map app to try and find the hotel, imagine our surprise when we realized it was right there in front of us!
Oslo Opera House
Oslo Opera House: The home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the National Opera Theatre in Norway. The building sits on the eastern side of the Oslo Harbor near the Havnepromenade.
Viking Ship Museum: The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known Viking ship burial in the world near Tønsberg in Vestfold County, Norway.
All the Viking ships at this museum were ocean going vessels before they were hauled onto land to be used in burial rituals for their wealthy owners. In the burial mounds, archeologists unearthed skeletons, beautiful wood carvings and a diverse range of artifacts from the fascinating world of the vikings.
Imagine sailing in the North Atlantic in a ship that is approximately 71 feet long with a beam of 16.7 feet? I've travelled through the North Atlantic in a Navy cargo ship that was 500 feet long and we would get bounced around in ways that would make us all cringe! I cannot begin to imagine how the Vikings could travel in their much smaller vessels!
Holmenkollbakken Ski Jump
Holmenkollbakken Ski Jump: The tower is 42 meters in height, and the landing slope is 37 degrees at the steepest and 115 meters long.
Holmenkollbakken Ski Jump
This picture gives you an idea of just how steep the ski jump is - the area where the skiers ride down reaches 37 degrees in pitch. This is the only "all steel" ski jump in the world.
2017 Europe Trip Overview & Guide
This was easily the most ambitiious trip we had ever taken; Seven
countries, 5,400 kilometers and we had a great time in each location.
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Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen had not been a part of our original trip plans, because we
were able to obtain such a good flight deal from United Airlines, we decided
to spend a few days there to explore the city.
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Oslo, Norway: Although we did not have much time in Oslo, we managed to complete a whirl-wind
exploration of the city and even the surrounding area.
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Norway in a Nutshell Tour: This is easily the most scenic train ride we have ever taken; Oslo to Flam via
train, Fjord Ferry to Gudvangen, Tour Bus to Voss and a final train ride into
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Bergen, Norway: Many people think of Norway as "the frozen north", with year-round snow and dismal cold. In
fact, Bergen’s temperate climate is very mild.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands: The city of Amsterdam had been on our "bucket list" for a long time, we have
flown through there, but never spent any time there,
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Bruges, Belgium: As neither of us had ever been to Belgium, we had no idea of what to expect, but
we were nicely surprised at what an enjoyable city Bruges was.
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Lake Hallstatt, Austria: After an exciting drive from Vienna on the autobahn and then through the
Salzkammergut Mountains on back roads that we thought might
really be logging trails, we reached Obertraun tired, hungry and ready to explore!
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Grindelwald, Switzerland: Grindelwald is 660 kilometers from Lake Hallstatt, and the route we drove took
us through some very scenic mountains; alpine meadows, steep uphills, tight
corners and steep downhills.
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Lake Como, Italy: Our last visit to Italy had been in 2007, and as we researched destinations for this
trip, we realized that we wanted to re-visit Italy in the Lake Como region.
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