Guided Bus Tour
Today concluded the first weekend of welcome week at Bi here in Oslo, Norway. In typical tourist style we took a 3 hour guided bus tour around a few notable areas throughout the city. I snapped a few pictures with my iPhone so check them out below
The first place we visited today was a large ski jump called “Holmenkollen”. It is one of Norway’s most visited attractions and holds the title of the world’s most modern ski jump (now on its 18th update from the original!). The hillside it sits on is not that tall compared with other mountains in Norway but you still have a great view of the surrounding land and surprisingly is a bit warmer than in the city… I’m assuming because there is no wind coming off of the waters of the fjord (but just my assumption haha) Check out the pics below! (Click for full image)
After leaving Holmenkollen we traveled back down the mountainside towards Frogner Park. This park is home to the Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement designed by Gustav Vigeland. We spent around an hour walking among the statues as our guide described to us how they represented the “wheel of life” and its many stages and paths. My feet were quite frozen, I knew we were planning to “step outside” of the bus but had not planned on standing on ice for an hour!
This experience at the park was drastically different than when I visited this park during my visit to Oslo last summer. It was beautiful in the snow especially when I could now fully appreciate the statues with explanations from our guide but my mind kept wandering off to the summer days just a few months ago: water flowing from the statues now covered in snow and ice, warm sun until 9pm (or later), and hundreds of people with bbq’s, picnics and drinks filling the endless grass in between the trees that divides them into columns
Here are a few photos i managed to take while I could still feel my hands. It looks like these photos are at sunset but I think this was only 1pm. I have begun to realize that it isn’t that the sun sets early it is that it never fully rises into the sky. I restrained from photographing all of the statues again (as I had back in the summer) but if you’d like to see those check out my Instagram
The Oslo Opera House
We ended our tour at the Oslo Opera House. I had also seen this during my visit over the summer but its beautiful design was still inspiring. I would love to attend an opera or a ballet during my time in Oslo but if the price of…. well, everything else is any indication as to how much tickets would be then I might just be enjoying the free view or more affordable events they hold on the roof on random occasions!