Viking City – Oslo, Norway

The Viking city of Oslo.

Sergey Dolya says blogger: On the fourth day of our journey, we decided to take a break from the three-day ferry and went to Oslo for the day. In the first half of the day we walked together with a great guide Ekaterina, who has lived in Norway for seventeen years.

She told us a lot of interesting stories and showed us the city from the inside. It was a lot of photos and notes, so about the capital of Norway, I’ll tell you in the next post. And in the first part of the walk through the streets and the Palace Park, the City Hall, the local fish store and the museum island…

Since our hotel was located next to the Royal Park, we started our tour there. Its area is 22 hectares. Laying began in 1838 and lasted about 30 years. Most of the trees planted in those years are still growing on the grounds:

There are a lot of flowers in the city. Summers here are short and cool, and for those “two weeks” while it lasts, the streets are tried to decorate as much as possible:

Main pedestrian street of the city. The logo in the background belongs to the chocolate company Freia. Its name comes from the Scandinavian goddess of love and war, Freia. The Norwegians claim that she is the source of the word Friday:

Artists sit right on the pavement and paint in front of customers:

There are so many homeless people and beggars. Some just sit with their heads down, others insistently ask for money. It seemed surprising for a country like Norway. Could there be an explanation?

The city hall. You can safely enter it, even in the meeting room:

By the way, this is where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded (all Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm except for the world one). And all around are mosaic plots on the subject of “what would Norway do without oil”:

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The mayor’s office is right in front of the gift store near the entrance to the building. At the door of the office hangs gifts personally donated to the mayor, which he hung out in the hallway for visitors. Here, for example, is a map of Oslo, which contains all the symbols and major attractions of the city:

Wooden architecture on the walls:

We walked into a fish and meat store. It’s not a tourist boulevard, but a popular shop among locals with a charismatic owner. He personally walked us through the store, told us how to cook cod and shared the secrets of the local cuisine:

Note that nothing is packaged and there are no labels. Regular customers know all the prices, there is complete trust and almost a homelike atmosphere:

Sandwiches with local cheese and Swedish canned fish. The snack is symbolic, offered to guests as a token of peace and friendship:

The entire ceiling is hung with a traditional dried cod called bacalhau. Its history goes back several centuries. For sale, dried fish is sawn with a saw, and is usually soaked for several hours before cooking:

Bacalhau used to be considered the food of the poor in Portugal, but after World War II its prices rose. It is now considered a delicacy altogether:

General store layout. In addition to dried cod, animal carcasses hang from the ceiling (I forget which ones):

We looked in the windows of souvenir stores. Norway is a country of trolls. Not the ones that gather in the comments, but fairy trolls:

Traditional sweets. Prices as we can see an average of 180-220 rubles (25-30 kroner):

Norwegian cake:

Fur skins are given out on the terraces:

Mobile cafes with colorful vendors:

One of the popular tourist locations is the “museum island. Now the strait between the island and the mainland has been filled in, and it can also be reached by land. But we chose to take the ferry. There are several Oslo museums concentrated on the island: the Viking Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Fram Museum, and the Kon-Tiki Museum. We visited the last two:

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The road from the pier is one half asphalt and the other half tile. An unusual decision:

Norway has three great travelers who are respected and loved by the entire country: Fridtjof Nansen, Rual Amundsen and Thor Heyerdahl. The first two made their voyages on the ship Fram, to which the first separate museum is dedicated. Three voyages were made on the ship. The first was to the North Pole under the leadership of Nansen. He froze the ship in the ice and hoped that together with the drifting ice it would be carried through the North Pole. However, the plan did not work. At the nearest point to the pole, Nansen and his comrade-in-arms undertook a skiing expedition, but they did not reach the pole either, although they got closer to it than anyone before them:

The information screens have the option of selecting Russian:

The museum recreates scenes from the lives of the voyage participants:

You can go inside the Fram. Everything here is preserved as it was under Nansen. It is noteworthy that the two groups of Nansen’s expedition did not keep in touch with each other, but returned to Norway with one day’s difference: Fram was frozen out of the ice, and Nansen with other travelers, whom he met on Franz Josef Land:

The ship’s doctor’s office:

The second voyage Fram made to the shores of Greenland. The third time the ship was used by Amundsen for a voyage to Antarctica, from where he then reached the South Pole first in human history. The museum has a special room, entering which you can feel the conditions of the expedition. The floor swaying to the sound of the sea, the corridor with low temperatures and the like. Around the corner of the icy corridor might be a polar bear or a frozen corpse:

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At the Kon-Tiki Museum, we were greeted by a model of an airplane and reminded of Dolkabar. Kon-Tiki is the balsa log raft on which Thor Heyerdahl and his five companions crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947:

The museum’s eternal resting place houses Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki and Ra II ships, as well as the oar, the only remaining part from the third ship, Tigris.

Thor Heyerdahl believed that the civilization that existed in ancient Mesopotamia spread not so much by land as by sea. He conceived of an expedition in a boat, like those used by ancient mariners. The cane boat Tigris was built as an exact replica of the Sumerian vessels. Heyerdahl managed to walk about 7,000 kilometers on it in 4.5 months. Heyerdahl tried to get permission to enter the territorial waters of the states bordering the Bab el Mandeb Strait to continue his voyage in the waters of the Red Sea. But no response was received from any country. In addition, U.S., British and French naval maneuvers had begun in the area, and it had become unsafe to continue the expedition. In protest against military action, the crew burned the ship:

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