Bygdøy

It has been a long day.

No, wait, that was yesterday... and today too.

However today was for sightseeing. I was on the 9:03 ferry to the city centre and - with a wee jog - just made it onto the 9:25 ferry from the city centre over to Bygdøy. I started the touroid routine at Vikingskipshuset (Viking Ship Museum) and then moved on to the nearby Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Folk Museum).

I had lunch there at the Torgkaféen. I found the winner of the Sandwich of the Year Award - see extras. Their lang baguette. Crayfish, prawns, crab, smoked salmon (2 kinds), scrambled and hard boiled egg, cucumber, red pepper and dill. A monster!

98 Nkr, which is £10 more or less, but worth every penny.    

Properly fortified, it was on to the Frammuseet - which contains only the Fram. It took 3 Arctic expeditions to their destinations - those led by Nansen, Sverdrup and Amundsen. The ship was designed by a Scot.

Then another ferry back to the city centre, and a tour of the Akershus Festning. It’s the castle and fortress which guarded Oslo from the sea. By the time I’d finished there (about 15:00) I needed to put my feet up, so it was back to home base.

The Blip is the Vikingskipshuset in deference to my Viking genes. It’s the Oseberg ship, found by archaeologists in 1904. It’s 1,000 years old. 90% of what you see is original wood.

I had to add an extra from from the Norsk Folkemuseum. At this set of rural exhibits a group of primary school age children and their supervisors dressed up in period clothes were weeding the potato patch. The weeds were then fed to piglets in another set of farm exhibits. I’m guessing it was some kind of summer holiday outing for them.

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