Day 1 of our 4 day trip began early in the morning of Friday 27th, we flew out from Manchester airport to Sandefjord airport Torp, which is around 74 miles out from Oslo. We hopped on a coach for an hour and a half journey to get to Oslo city center where we made a small detour to the Oslo Opera House that was 10 minutes walk from the station before heading to our hostel. After checking in and settled, we went for an expensive drink in the evening at the Hard Rock cafe then ventured out to Aker Bryyge, to explore the area along the quayside strip.
We took a tram to Holmenkollen on the second day to visit the famous Ski Jumping hill, the Holmenkollbakken. The museum was half way up the Holmenkollbakken and it costs 160 NOK to get in which included access to the tower, where you can decide whether it's worth 600 NOK to go on the zip-line (Chris heroically went down it). Once back down from the tower, we were able to wander around the arena alongside Rollerski athletes training on the tracks. Before we finished our tourist adventures for the day, we visited the Vingeland Sculpture Park which was filled with interesting sculptures that Nathan happily posed with. To end the eventful day, we were invited out to a Halloween party by Byron's friend.
Day 3, we hired out some bikes from Viking Biking in the city center of Oslo to journey along the fjord to Fornebu to check out the Engineerium. After a few near death experiences and struggling to keep up with the others, I made it to the Engineerium. It's a great idea for families to spend the day there and learn about technology and science. It was a lot of fun even for us and I definitely came out more knowledgeable. For our night's entertainment, we went to a jazz club, Blå, they had live music which was a lot of fun.
We were feeling slightly fragile on our last day, so we had a stroll through the Resistance Museum and planned to take the boat to get over to a small island but we missed the last boat so we decided to go to the Nobel Peace Museum, which was shut. Apparently a lot of places close on a Monday in Oslo. With not much else to do we walked back to the Oslo Opera House and found a cute Salt cafe where we got really cozy and spent a couple of hours in. To finish up our trip, we went to the Crow Bar to grab some food and played table tennis while we wait for Chris to come back from another Opera House visit.
Apart from Oslo being quite expensive, I would love to visit again. We all fell in love with the city this weekend.