One thing I loved about being on the Norwegian Fjord and Glacier self-directed tour by Authentic Scandinavia was that, while the basic schedule travel is set, you have the freedom in each location to get up in the morning and choose what the day will hold. Day 3 was GLORIOUS. We looked out the window to a blue sky without a hint of cloud and that changed our focus. After another amazing breakfast at the Thon Opera Hotel, we jumped on the metro courtesy of our Oslo Pass and headed for the hills. Oslo is not as mountainous as the Pacific Northwest - more rolling - but on one of the higher points rests the Holmenkollen Ski Jump Tower and Museum where we could get a great view of the city. Both Glen and I feel you don't get a feel for the lay of the land until you get a view from above.
The metro stations are underground in downtown so you do have to look for entry points, but they are well-marked. Your Oslo Pass guide tells you exactly which train to take and the name of the stop to get off. Easy! What wasn't easy was what we faced when we left the train. Fortunately Glen and I love to walk as it was a trek up a pretty steep road to reach the ski jump - not for someone who out of shape. I admit I was huffing and puffing a bit by the time we arrived. First you enter a ski museum full of very old antique skis and an exhibition of skis used by famous athletes as well as tons of photos and information. Then it's an easy elevator ride up to the top. I loved the 360 degree view of not only city, but the surrounding country side. However, it only took one glance from the top of the ski jump down to conclude those athletes must be just a little bit crazy. Okay, may a whole lot CRAZY! It was frightening.
|Tried to do a panoramic shot|
and failed utterly!!!
|View from the top down the ski jump - crazy!|
|Chapel that is still in use for military services and weddings.|
|Long narrow table that seats 180 at state dinners.|