Coming into Norway

Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
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Trip End Nov 15, 2007


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Thursday, June 8, 2006

We had the pleasure of rummaging through a huge toy shop in Gotenborg looking for our grandson Jim's birthday present and finally settled on a selection of 3 toys which we were able to wrap at the store (wrapping is well catered for here) and posted immediately. The campsite we chose on the harbor at Grebbestad was pretty, and we shared it with other campers (Hi Reinholdt and Katerina) but it was very noisy with birds, cat fights, kids kicking our camper poles, loud music and motors starting all night.

Tanumshede rock carvings and paintings at Vitlycke were disappointing. However there were some lovely cows and pigs there.

We took the E6 onto the E18 to get from Sweden to Norway and after only one wrong turn by our Navman navigator 'Mary' we managed to loose Lynn and Lou in the busy traffic of Oslo, but ended up where we'd planned, Frogner Park. This highlight visit to Gustav Vigeland's 193 statues was sensational. The statues in this modern setting spanning across a bridge and way into the distance were fabulous, depicting family scenes and individuals of all ages and stages of growth from foetus to geriatric. Some of the statues are in bronze and others in granite and the gardens and park surrounding them attracts many people. We really wanted to spend more time here, but got a good selection of photographs to take home with us instead.

We dined in a restaurant in Frogner Park before finding a caravan park in the hills of Oslo, in Bogstad and ended up going to bed at 12:30am. The 3 hours of darkness are not helping us to get to bed early but we do take full advantage of the days to get about and see things.

The day we spent in Oslo on a 'Day Tripper' public transport ticket was warm and interesting. We were able to take buses, trains and ferries all day. The Viking ship museum in Bygdoy had 3 ship's remains which were huge and were apparently the coffins of rich Vikings as they were buried in them in the bog, hence the relatively good state of preservation. There were various artifacts found in the ships also.

We had to hurry back to the caravan park as we were only booked in for one night. We had an extension to 6pm and begrudged paying for another day. It is coming into the busy season in Norway and this caravan park can cater for 3,000 visitors.

We moved to Holmenkollen (10 minutes up the road, literally) to the ski jump used in the Olympic Games and climbed to the top. What an awesome sight, can't imagine the courage it takes to jump off. We did do the simulator ride which took about 10 minutes for a high jump and a ski track ride through the pine trees and steep slopes, great fun.
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