Oslo Travel Blog› entry 10 of 62 › view all entries
I'm convinced there is no better way to arrive in Norway than by boat. We took the Color Line Ferry from Kiel, Germany, which weaves its way through the islands around Denmark. I braved the winds and took in the scenery from the upper deck until it began to grow dark- for those not up for the chill there are many large windows with chairs and tables downstairs. Cabins were wonderful-- four per room, with bathroom and shower ensuite. By the time you wake up in the morning, you are in the outer range of Oslo Harbor. Directly from the harbor we bought our transportation passes, which allowed use of the underground and trams, and made for the city.
VIEGLAND PARK: Impressive and disturbing all at the same time.
BYGDøY: Many of Oslo's museums are located on a penninsula best reached from downtown by water. Make a day of it and prepare for the best of Norwegian history.
KON-TIKI MUSEUM: A shrine to Thor Hyderall.
VIKING SHIP MUSEUM: Reconstructed Viking ships. Does it get any cooler than that?
NORSK FOLK MUSEUM: The world's first open air museum comprised of wooden buildings moved from around Norway. Some of the churches are absolutely stunning.
MUNCH MUSEUM: I managed to make it before the most famous version of The Scream was stolen.
We stayed in the HI hostel, which as usual was a bit outside of the city, but I would still recommend it. It is located up a bit of a hill and we had some beautiful views down over the city in the evening as the sunset.
At just over a month in, Oslo was the first place that we started to experience some internal strife. The realization that we were going to be with these people for another three months set in and truer colors began to fly.