Cruising up the Oslo Fjord
Fishing boats and ferries
Our ship is berthed near the new Opera House, completed in 2007 to house the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The Opera House grounds are packed with people hanging out and walking up (and down) the ramps to the building's roof.
Across from the opera house are two floating saunas with wood-burning ovens, each holding up to ten people, for use at the dock or for a comfortable cruise through the fjord.
Near the saunas are food stalls and restaurants making the dock a great destination for relaxation, including a duck stand called "Duck Off," offering pulled duck, burgers, and fries (unfortunately, closed while we are here).
Food stalls at the dock
We wander off the dock to the Central Train Station and admire two great statues out front, one a memorial to the Osvald Group (Osvald-gruppen) for its resistance efforts during World War II and the other a tiger celebrating the 1000-year anniversary of Oslo, in honor of the city's nickname Tigerstaden ("The Tiger City") as an exciting and happening place.
Oslo Central Train Station statues
From the station, the pedestrian street, Karl Johans gate stretches 1.6 km (1 mile) to the Royal Palace. The street is lined with shops, decorated with art, and full of performers entertaining us all.
Karl Johans gate
Music on the street
As we get closer to the Royal Palace, the street opens up with a park running along the street, including great fountains, an ice skating rink (not currently in use), and the National Theater.
Approaching the palace
National Theater and Concert HallAcross from the park, at the Grand Hotel, a statue of the Fearless Girl stands, matching the one on Wall Street in New York (facing the bull). This statue was created in Celebration of Women: in support of women in leadership positions, the empowerment of young women, women's education, gender equality, and the reduction of prejudice in the workplace.
Grand Hotel and Fearless Girl
We turn around and head back to the ship, catching more sights from the other direction as people are out enjoying this fine day. On the way, we spot our first troll of the trip, the mystical, sometimes dangerous, creatures from Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore.
Reapproaching the train station, spotting the first troll
Oslo at night