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Photo Credit: Kelvin Sage

 

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Photo Credit: Ambrose Chu

 

After arrival into Oslo from Copenhagen, we promptly disembarked from our ship at 10am and headed out into the chaos to find taxis.

 

Ambrose (on the right) tries not to blend in with the stereotype

 

The 16 of us took 4 taxis to the bus terminal, where we met up with the 5 others who took the overnight bus.

 

The train station

The gang

 

There we stored our large luggage in the lockers (by Platform 4) and headed south to the Oslo Opera House.

 

 

Americans be Americans…

 

The Oslo Opera House is famous for its design by Norwegian Snohetta architects constructed with Italian marble. You can walk up the slanted wall on the outside up to it’s roof, which reminded me of the architecture of the Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center in NYC, just 20 times bigger.

 

View of the harbor from the opera house

View of the harbor from the opera house

View from the roof

 

 

The Oslo Opera House just got served
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Photo Credit: Kelvin Sage
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Photo Credit: Kelvin Sage

Photo Credit: Kelvin Sage

The team leaders

 

From the opera house we walked 10 minutes west to Oslo’s Akershus Festning, a fortress from 1592 rebuilt into a renaissance castle. The place is quite large, taking about an hour to appreciate everything.

 

Spiderman

 

We exited from the fortress in the northwest side, walking about 5 minutes northwest to Radhus, the city hall complex where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year on December 10th.

 

Radhus

 

Opposite of Radhus are the docks for local ferries, one of which is Ferry #91, which takes you to a peninsula 15 minutes away housing 3 big museums: The Vikings Ship Museum, the National Folk Museum, and the KonTiki Museum.

 

Ferry 91

 

From the peninsula dock, walk up 15 minutes on a slight uphill and you’ll come to the Vikings Ship museum:

 

The group gets tickets

 

After about 40 minutes at the Vikings Ship museum, we headed back to Ferry 91 where we sustained a few casualties on the treacherous walk back.

 

 

From the dock on the northwest corner sits the Nobel Peace Prize museum, where every year on the bottom floor they feature an exhibit on the previous year’s winner. This year was all about Malala Yousafzai.

 

Nobel Peace Prize Center

Exhibit on Malala

The Nobel Field

 

Afterwards the group split up, half heading to the National Museum to see “The Scream” by Edvard Munch (no photos allowed and they got security to lock you down) and the other half getting food:

 

 

After food, we walked around some more.

 

Aker Brygge: A redeveloped waterfront mall complex

Radhus from the front

National Theater

National Museum, which houses "The Scream"

The Royal Palace

The site where terrorist Anders Behring Breivik bombed Oslo in 2011
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Photo Credit: Kelvin Sage

 

We ended up at a bar with live music.

 

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After a few hours drinking our nightcaps, we headed back to the bus terminal for an 11pm overnight bus to Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Some random "street’" art

 

And now, as we wait for our bus, our group has broken into karaokesque renditions of “Let It Go”, “A Whole New World”, and “Thousand Miles” for a mildly amused Norwegian crowd who tells us this never happens.

 

The Bus Terminal

– At time of posting in Oslo, Norway, it was 60.8 °F
Humidity: 82% | Wind Speed: 6km/hr | Cloud Cover: overcast