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One of my favorite Scandinavian crime authors is Joe Nesbo. His most popular books are the Harry Hole series. Hole is a troubled detective in Oslo. I would suspect that Nesbo is not the most popular person in the Oslo tourist department because after reading his books you would not want to visit the crime and drug invested city. During the summer there are Joe Nesbo walking tours offered in Oslo. Unfortunately we never got around to taking the tour so we decided that we would make our own tour by walking to some of the places mentioned  in his Harry Hole books. There are many places in Oslo mentioned in the books and these are just a few that are all in walking distance.

It would have probably been a lot easier to take the city tour but we had time on our hands so we wandered through Oslo looking for the locations mentioned. It appeared that several other folks were doing the same thing because we ran into them a number of times and they were also using there phone to navigate.

The Royal Palace is the backdrop for “The Redbreast” where Hole must figure out who smuggled a rare rifle into Norway. Tours are available and well worth the time.


Egertorget Square is the backdrop for “The Redeemer. Shots ring out during Christmas when a young Salvation Army officer is shot. During our stay in Oslo we had walked through the square many times but had never made the connection to Harry Hole.

Oslo District Court where Hole frequently visits.

Saint Olav’s Catholic Church is where Harry married Rakel and is mentioned throughout the series.

Our Saviors Cemetery is the backdrop to a number of stories.

Restaurant Schroder is where Harry hangs out. My wife I ate there one evening. It happened to be the same evening that the walking tour was taking place. When members of the tour walked in the locals rolled their eyes. Toward the end of our visit we met up with a high school friend of my wife’s. Turned out her husband had just read the complete Harry Hole series so we took them to Schroder’s for dinner.

The Underwater Pub is another local haunt for Harry. This is where he goes when is not welcome at Schroder’s. It seemed to be closed down when we visited.

5 Sofies Gate is where Harry’s apartment is located. It is not far from Schroders and the Underwater Pub. Apparently at one time Harry Hole was listed on the entry but that wasn’t the case when we visited. They probably had a vacant apartment and thought to have a little fun with the Hole fans.





We had to be at the train station early in the morning to catch the train from Stockholm to Oslo so we decided to grab breakfast at the train station. While we were waiting for the train someone came up and started talking to me. He looked and sounded like William H. Macy from the movie Fargo. Turns out it wasn’t Macy it was an American from Maple, Wisconsin (of Scandinavian heritage). He and his wife were traveling around Scandinavia and they had just arrived from Finland. This is me waiting for the train.

We arrived at the Oslo Central Station early in the morning and had made arrangements to get into our Airbnb so we could drop off our packs before taking a walking tour of Oslo. We were to pick up the key at a fitness center near the Airbnb but when we arrived they didn’t know anything about a key. We called the host and it turned out he was sick and still at the apartment complex and would come down to let us in.


We familiarized  ourselves with the Airbnb and before heading out on our walking tour. One thing we have found in our travels is that female Airbnb hosts are much more organized than their male counterparts. We encountered this large flower market. It was early spring and they were selling plants.

We wandered around a bit before ending up at Karl Johan’s Gate the major walking street in Oslo. As we walked down Karl Johan’s Gate we could see the palace in the distance.

We found this interesting display in front of a store.

We stopped in a park next to the Parliament Building.

From the same location we photographed the famous Grand Hotel where President Obama and stood on the balcony and waved to the crowd when he was here to receive the Nobel prize.

We walked around the National Theatre  before heading over to the Royal Palace. The flag was flying indicating that the king was home.

There were some beautiful flowers on the Palace grounds as well as this interesting sculpture that serves as a seat and has a living display incorporated into it.

We passed this office building that has an interesting facade. Note also the number of rental bikes in front of it. We did not see nearly as many bikes in Oslo as we had seen in the Copenhagen and Stockholm.


We then headed over to Our Savior’s Cemetery where many important Norwegian literary and political figures are buried. Just before entering the Cemetery we took this photo of the Oslo Cathedral School.

Although it was an overcast day it was a beautiful spring day to walk through the Cemetery. Quite a few other people had the same idea.

On our way over to Old Aker Church we noticed a number of charging stations for electric cars. Our Scandinavian relatives all complained about the fact that they were working hard to combat global warming and the idiot we have in the white house is doing everything he can to promote it. Unfortunately the United States is no longer respected in Europe.

We walked around Old Aker Church and the attached cemetery. There are some great views of Oslo from the cemetery.

Telthusbakken is a picturesque street near the Old Aker Church. The homes are from the 1700s.

A short walk from Telthusbakken street is the river walk along the  Aker River. We followed it down until we reached our Airbnb which was not far from the river. It had been a long day so we stocked up on groceries and called it a day.



The next morning we were up early again. It was raining out and we only had one day in Stockholm so we decided to take the Hop-on Hop-off Red Bus Tours which included several water tours.

We walked down to Stockholm Central Train Station where the tour started. It was rush hour and once again we were appalled at the number of people on the street smoking. We actually had to change our walking pace to avoid the smokers.

We hopped on the first bus of the day and took the entire city tour without getting off of the bus as it was raining out. We were impressed with Stockholm and decided that we would be spending more time there on our next trip. When we arrived back at Stockholm Central Train Station we decided to walk over to the government buildings and Royal Palace. We continued to be amazed by the construction taking place in Scandinavia. There were construction cranes everywhere.

After a few dead ends we finally arrived at  the Royal Palace in time for the Changing of the Guard. Since it was raining out the Guards had on their rain gear. It was an impressive ceremony but quite long. We left before it was finished.


We then decided to walk down some of the narrow streets of the old town. We found a great restaurant and had one of my favorite meals. Swedish meatballs.

We wandered around Old Town taking photos. There seemed to be a number of tours so it was difficult to get photos because there were so many people taking  selfies in front of the statues and landmarks.

We then walked down to the waterfront where we decided to take a couple of tours of the waterfront. We acquired our tickets and then walked around the waterfront taking a few photos while we waited for our tour boat to arrive. The Af Chapman Youth Hostel was anchored across from our boat dock and when we turned around we were in front of the Royal Palace.

We actually took two different waterfront tour boats during the afternoon. Stockholm is a beautiful city. It was too bad it was rainy and cloudy most of the day. We did see a little sun later in the afternoon.


After our boat tours we walked back to our hotel through the Old Town.


We hooked up with the main walking street in Stockholm. We had passed a memorial to the  April 7th 2017 terrorist  attack on our bus tour and wanted to work our way back to the site. It was very moving to read some of the comments pasted on the building.

It had been a long day so we headed back to our motel. We had already settled in for the night when there was a knock at the door. We decided to ignore it. The person knocked for a while then he quit. We happened to be on the first floor and soon there was a knock at the window. We really started to wonder what was going on. A little while later there was a knock at the door again so I decided to get some clothes on and find out what was going on. Turns out it was the manager wondering if we had found the instructions for connecting to the internet. When we arrived the day before we sent him an e-mail indicating we couldn’t find the instructions. Turns out they had fallen on the floor.  A very strange way to end our stay in Stockholm.