We arrived in Oslo mid-Friday afternoon and headed directly to our hotel, Th e Thief, located on Thief Island. The hotel is in a trendy section of town developed for mixed use: residential, shops, restaurants, bars , and the hotel. We had dinner on the roof restaurant with a great view of the harbor. From our vantage point we were able to view the Akershus Festning- fortress and City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded.
While we wanted to get an early start in sightseeing, a sleepless night resulted in a sleepy morning. We made it to breakfast/lunch at Jamie Olivers. Once we got started we took off for central Oslo. Walking along the Aker Brygge waterfront, we pass the Nobel Peace Center on our way to Karl Johan’s Street.
it was a sunny Saturday, the streets and parks were packed. We turned up toward the Royal Palace and caught the tail end of the changing of the guard. The grounds surrounding the Palace are known as Slottsparken and people were making use of the space for picnics and lounging.
We took a few moments to view the Parliament National Assembly, Stortinget, and the Grand Hotel where we will stay when we return from our cruise.
Walking down Karl Johan Street, we pass the University and continue through the retail disrict until we reach the central train station. Set up in front of the station was a serious 3 man volley ball court complete with sand, a competive game, and a raucous audience.
We returned walking toward the Palace until we arrived at the National Gallery, Nasjonalgalleriet, the emphasis being on 19 and 20th Centry art including Edvard Munch’s famous “Scream”. While there were several of his other works including the Madona, a study of the his sister’s sick bed, and the more lively party on the lake. Our time did no permit us to go up to Munch’s dedicated museum.
Our evening dinner was across the canal at a trendy sushi restaurant. Although the fish was authentic, we flustered the staff by ordering a dry sake, served in a wine glass.