I joined my travel mate Baja and took a coach to Oslo from Gothenburg. The thing was, the coach ticket was cheaper than the fast-service supplement Swedish Rail charged for the Gothenburg-Oslo leg when showing them my Eurail pass. Anyway, Norway is beyond expensive so no surprise there.
Apart from a very strange arrangement for gaining access to the apartment we had booked, I really liked our two-day stay in Oslo. What arrangement I hear you say. Well, we had selected a flat near the station, but when we couldn’t find it, we discovered – by eventually looking at the small print in the confirmation email from Oslo Apartments – that we had to walk over a kilometre with our suitcases over cobbled-stoned streets to collect the key. The flat was good, though. No complaints there.
The Oslo Opera House was very cool. I don’t know if it will reach the same level of fame for its design as the Sydney Opera House, but the idea that you’re invited to walk all over it makes it very, well, interactive. I ran up and down the roof trying out different camera angles.
My commitment to visiting the Old Town whenever I go sightseeing in a new place meant I had to find out where that was. It’s called Gamlebyen, but when I got there, it wasn’t as old as I had expected I guess. I liked this mural though, and there were some interesting ruins to explore as well. But not vital for an Oslo visit.
With my train to Bergen due to leave mid-afternoon the next day, I organised my museum visits after the opening times of each museum: The National Gallery @ 10, the Museum of Contemorary Art @ 11 and the Astrup Fearnley Museum @ 12. The first of the three was the most memorable one since this was where you could do your personal Selfie Scream next to Munch’s original Scream.
The Chinese Summer exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museum was also good. I’ve been to Art Zone 798 in Beijing twice so I really enjoy seeing Chinese art at other locations around the world. This is Sister No. 1 by Duan Jianyu.