Saturday, June 09, 2012
At the airport in Oslo, we bought Oslo Passes, and took the train into the center of town, then walked a few blocks to our hotel, the Karl Johan.
The Oslo Pass was a wonderful thing; it provided free public transportation (bus or boat) and admission to more than 30 museums.
At our afternoon stop, we visited two huge museums. The first held the Fram, a wooden vessel that holds the records for traveling the furthest north and the furthest south, being the first ship to reach Antarctica. We loved the museum -- it was quiet inside and the light was eerie. We were able to climb aboard the ship, and viewed artifacts and tableaus alongside. Following are some pictures from the Fram museum.
After leaving the Fram, we visited the Kon-Tiki Museum where we saw the crafts used by Thor Heyerdahl in his explorations.
Then it was time to take the boat back to the main part of the city. After a delicious dinner at the Grand Hotel, just down the street, we went back to the hotel. At ten o'clock at night, the sun hadn't set yet. We'd heard about this long-long-day phenomenon, but still weren't ready for it. We were tired, and went to sleep because we knew that the sun would be back up before long, and sure enough, it shone brightly in at a little after four o'clock!
Posted by Nancy Stevens on Saturday, June 09, 2012