A long beautiful train trip to Oslo

Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 23, 2013

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Flag of Norway  , Oslo,
Sunday, January 13, 2013

Temp. -12C in Oslo but really warm heater on the train

Started off the day at 6am to get ready for check out & taxi pick up. Had to be at the station by 7am because I've inherited from Dad the need to be somewhere an hour early, just in case. Ooohh! Fresh morning, the Central Station is completely outdoors so first thing on the agenda, hot coffee.

The train ride from Bergen to Oslo was 6.5hrs of the most beautiful train journey I've ever been on. Start going past the last fjords I'll see & some spectacular lakes. Within an hour we reach high snow capped mountains that just get higher & higher & higher. The highest peaks were just deep pure white snow. Snow is just the most glorious substance I've seen. It makes a rubbish bin look beautiful. In the night or the day it looks like it has glitter in it as it shines & sparkles.

The majority of the trip remains in alpine areas but you can tell the altitude is getting lower as the vegetation cover increases. Not too far from Oslo the train goes through a thick pine forest with a large lake. As it is Sunday I see a number of people cross country skiing on tracks, making it look so easy.

It was such a beautiful train trip that it really didn't feel as long as it was. The most frustrating thing is when you see a brilliant photo opportunity but of course can't stop. I hope the photos I attached give you a bit of an idea what the trip was like.

Eventually I make it to Oslo around 3pm & it's rather busy & freezing. I find my hotel, check in quickly & go for a walk. This time I don't have to rush because I'm here for a couple of days. So I took it easy as it was getting dark, and went to some of the shops in the area.
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Cristina on

Okay now you've got me hooked on the Bergen photo of the 'Antikk' shop with the original enamel signs. . . just a prompter if you come across any more in Oslo that may be open :)

sonia72 on

Tell me about it. Even I was dying in go inside that shop. To me it seemed more a hoarders den rather than an antique shop. Thought you would appreciate those signs. There were more further inside but the photos didn't work. There was a cute stuffed otter as well that I would have loved although I don't think Australian Customs would have passed it. I'll keep my eyes open for antique shops.

Cinzia on

Antikk shopping
remember me too - also as well!

Send pics and prices - and will reimburse the going rate (plus shipping - your tip) if you find anything fabulous that would look good in any of our many collections


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