I started Day 2 with a walk along Karl Johans gate – it’s the city’s main street, and leads to the Slottet (Royal Palace) at the western end. I reached the Slottet as the guard was changing – good timing.
Next on the itinerary was Holmenkollen – the ski centre high above the city in the suburbs. Metro line 1 takes you right to it. T-bane is what the Norwegians call the metro, so look for the “T” signs. I’d wanted to go up to the top of the ski jump, but the queue was 50 minutes long. I settled for the ski museum, the spectator area and the snack bar.
The trip up and down on the T-Bane was part of the fun. Most of it is outdoors and you get fantastic views down over the city as the train wends its way slowly up/down.
My last stop on Day 2 was the Nobels Fredssenter (Nobel Peace Centre). It’s a powerful place. I liked it, but some tears welled up too – and some anger.
As with my blog post about Day 1, everything I’ve mentioned was prepaid in the price of my Oslo Pass (including the ferries and T-bane). It’s available from various places – check out the Visit Oslo website for the current list and prices. I got mine at the Ruter service point at the airport because I wanted to use it on the ferry over to Nesodden where I was staying. (Ruter is the Oslo public transport organisation).
ⓒ iain taylor, 2017