Day 9th : June 14th : Oslo
Our last day in Norway, and one full day to explore Oslo. We were not very excited about it and were thinking more about what else we could have seen if we were still in the Norwegian Fjord county. May be we could have travelled beyond Geiranger and to the city of Trondheim or may be we could have spent couple of more days in Geiranger itself and explored the region doing more hikes and treks.
But for all the could haves and should haves, we were in Oslo and we had to find things to do in here. So we quickly checked what all could be explored and charted out an itinerary for the next few hours.
We cooked our last breakfast of this trip and ventured out. Today, for the very least, the weather gods were kind, it was warm and sunny, quite opposite to what we were used to by now.
The first place we visited was the the Viking ship museum which had three vikings ships from the 9th century and were well preserved. It turned out to be a disappointment as there was nothing but these three ships and not much of any history lessons. The quintessential tourist trap.
Next we went to the The Fram Museum, Frammuseet. It a museum celebrating the history of Norwegian polar explorers and I think this one is worth a watch. There other museums in the same area, but by this time we were done with them and retired in the Bygdøynes park just in front of the Fram museum.
We spent a good two hours here, soaking in the sun and the listening to the sea waves making mild and soothing noises. Flew the drone to capture the Oslo harbor in its full glory under the shining sun and we observed many people retiring here in the middle of the day for quick lunch or to catch a short afternoon siesta.
By the time we left the park it was already past afternoon hours and we were feeling lazy and sleepy by the warmness of the sun and the shades of the small trees under which we had oozed for an hour or so and it was time for home made all natural ice-cream being served just outside the Fram museum.
We drove straight to our hotel afterwards, parked our car and walked towards the city center again and our destination this time was the Oslo harbor to see the Akershus Fortress and Aker brygge. Both are decent and lively places to spend the after noon or the evening. Brygge is lined with multiple eating and shopping places and looks quite charming as the sun sets and the artificial man made lights take full control of the scenery. The noble peace center is located here.
As the sun was beginning to set down, we made our way towards the city center to see the Norwegian parliament building and the Royal palace. We never made it to the royal palace as we found our selves uninterested in exploring another dead structure, but we did make it to the parliament but couldn’t meet the prime minister, which left us a bit disappointed but we did saw many parliamentarians roaming around like normal citizens and with no one giving them any second looks. They are probably doing their jobs well and the citizens seemed to be happy with them , unlike ours 🙂
The whole evening was spent roaming around the city center and exploring places to eat, shop and explore.Finding a place to eat with in affordable prices was proving to be difficult but we did eventually find a shop with consumable burgers. As it was our last evening in Norway and as we had already spent a fortune on this trip, the last meal was not going to make much of a difference.
With dinner out of the way, and as the time was already past 10 pm, we started our slow walk back to the hotel and we crashed to our beds thinking that we could have avoided coming to Oslo. We were completely knackered and had an early morning flight to catch and were consumed by sleep in no time.
Day 10th : June 15th : Way back home
So, after nine long and adventures days on road, traveling from Southern Norway up until the Atlantic Ocean Road, which was the most northernly place that we visited and then back to Oslo, our Norwegian sojourn came to an end. With couple of more pictures, one as a tribute to the weather Gods of Norway and the other to our time in Norway.
The road trip which consumed approximately 7 full tanks of gas, 10 ferry rides, during which we drove approximately 2900 kms and with a sense of satisfaction, of ticking at least a few places off our combined bucket lists and with the feeling that we will remember our time in Norway with fondness, we were on our way back. An early morning 8 am flight from Oslo Torp and we were back from where it all started. Home!