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Day 11 was our last full day in Oslo. Once again we were up early and walked down to the harbor area to catch a bus out to Bygdoy where some of Oslo’s most popular Museums are located. We had to wait for about 15 minutes for a bus which was the longest we waited for public transportation in Oslo. There looked to be an issue from the direction the bus was coming from because several police cars went by.

 

I spent the time photographing flowers by the bus stop. It had been raining and the flowers were covered with water droplets. I also couldn’t resist photographing the Pigeon that was posing for me.

When we got to Bygdoy we ended up getting off at the wrong stop. Rather than waiting for the next bus we decided to walk to The Fram Museum. I took a few photos as we walked through a residential district. The construction site was interesting because everything is built on rock the same problem we have in Duluth, Minnesota.

At the Fram Museum we toured the125 foot ship Fram that took Amundsen and Nansen into the Arctic and Antarctic.

This was a display outside the Museum protesting the pollution of our oceans.

We then stopped at the Kon-Tiki Museum to view the ship. The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl.

We then walked over to the Viking Ship Museum.

It was a beautiful day so we decided to walk to the Norwegian Folk Museum. I was mainly interested in getting some ice cream but the line was too long. This is a This stave church was built in the 13th century in Hallingdal.

There was a reenactment taking place while we were at the Museum. The group was marching through the Museum and firing their guns. While we watched them at the encampment we noticed someone was selling Norwegian waffles with whipped cream and strawberries so we purchased a couple.

We then walked around the old farm houses in the Museum. There were a number of artisans at work around the Museum.

I just had to take a photo of these two little kids looking in the door of one of the buildings.

While we were watching some woodcarvers we noticed another couple doing the same. Turns out we met them in Stockholm at the train station. They had just arrived from Finland and were on their way to northern Norway. They also happened to be from a small down just east of Duluth.

We decided rather than take the bus back to the harbor we would walk back down to the docks through a residential district and take a water taxi back. We weren’t sure our pass would work but it did.  It was a beautiful day and a weekend so there was a lot of activity in the harbor.

When we arrived back at the harbor docks we encountered this street artist working for tips. I still recall our visit to the same area in 1999 when our son was little. He got excited to find money on the sidewalk in front of what he thought was a statue. He was a little disappointed that he couldn’t  pick up the money.

We walked over to Karl Johan’s gate where I finally got my soft is.

We took the train to the Munch Museum. Unfortunately “The scream” was not in the Museum. The trees were in full bloom.

We then took a train to the main station and then take a metro out to Nydalen in the early evening. Unfortunately we made our only mistake using public transportation. We somehow missed a connection and found ourselves heading for the outskirts of Oslo. When we discovered or error we got off and picked up another train. We finally found our way to Nydalen.

Our goal was to walk along the Akers River which would take us back to our Airbnb. On the way we found this strange structure. It was an insect house. First one we had ever seen since most people don’t want insects around.

We also noticed a lot of graffiti along the river. I’m really not a fan but it seems to be common in the larger cities.

There were some waterfalls and children’s playgrounds along the river walk.

It was late in the day and the local restaurants along the river were starting to get busy and it was time for us to call it a day.

It seems like we are up early every day and today was no exception. We caught the train out to Holmenkollen National Ski Arena. It was the weekend and the train was full of bikers and hikers heading out to the forests, that surround Oslo, to enjoy nature.

When we reached Holmenkollen we walked past the lodge that serves the ski area.

The ski jump was impressive from the bottom. I remember watching the jumping competition held at Holmenkollen. Great to be standing where some of the worlds greatest jumpers stood.

The views from the top are even more spectacular. There was still snow around the ski jump. Folks living in Oslo really have it nice being able to get to sites for skiing within a short time.

There was a zip line from the top of the jump to the bottom. My wife is always wanting to go on a zip line so I offered to pay her way. For some strange reason she wouldn’t go. Maybe the fact that she can’t stand heights has something to do with it. There were a group of young ladies ahead of us on the elevator and they were all going to go.

We walked down to the bottom of the ski jump and watched some of the people come down the zip line. We also noticed there seemed to be some kind of running competition taking place. We noticed that no one seemed to be carrying water bottles. We also noticed this earlier. We never saw a jogger with a water bottle.

After returning from Holmenkollen we walked along Karl Johan’s Gate. There was a much different atmosphere on the weekend where more people were around and more demonstrations being held. Even though we were wearing our down jackets there were lots of people dining outside. We Would have like to gotten a bite to eat but there were too many people smoking.

The weather seemed to be improving so we walked down to the harbor and boarded the Jomfruen. It was a small boat that was included in our Oslo Pass. It allowed us to hop on and hop off at various locations in the harbor. It was a great way to see the harbor area and get a different view of some of the places we saw from land.

We sailed past some of the yacht clubs around the harbor.

There were a wide variety of boats in the harbor ranging from cruise ships to Kayakers. It was a weekend and a beautiful spring day so lots of folks were out on the water.

We sailed by some of the summer homes located on the islands in the harbor.

As I had mentioned in an earlier blog Oslo is making a major push to revitalize  the harbor area making it a great place to live, work and play. New housing developments are going up all along the waterfront.

There are also plenty of restaurants along the waterfront. We thought it was a bit cold to be eating outside but the was probably one of the better spring days so far this year.

We sailed past the Opera House and Akershus fortress both of which we visited by land.

Although we didn’t get off and any of the stops we had an enjoyable sail around the harbor. After our harbor tour we walked back to Akershus fortress looking for the Resistance Museum. It took a while to find it and we only had a half an hour before it closed. We really needed more time and hope visit it at another time. As we exited the Museum we noticed this bride having her picture taken.

For dinner we stopped at a traditional cafe, “Kaffistova”. It services simple, traditional Norwegian meals. This is was my favorite (Norwegian meatballs, potatoes, and cooked, mashed peas.). We actually stopped at this cafe twice while in Oslo.

After dinner we hopped a tram that took us out to Vigeland Sculpture Park. It was late in the day but still light out in Oslo.

We had time for one more stop so we caught a bus out to University of Oslo site at Blindern. My wife had stayed in a dorm at the University when she first arrived in Norway on her study abroad program. We won’t mention how many years ago that was. Needless to say she didn’t recognize any of the buildings. Our son talked about attending the University for graduate school. We were very encouraging but so far it hasn’t happened.

I should mention given all of the public transportation that we used we did purchase an Oslo Pass which allowed us to use the buses, trams, underground, boats etc. The interesting thing we found is that you board on the honor system. No one checks to see if you have a pass. Apparently they do spot checks but no one ever asked us for a ticket. Of all of the places we visited we found Oslo the easiest to get around using public transportation.

 

It had been a 15 hour day so we took public transport back to our Airbnb.