Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
November 19, 2002
The trip itself is a worthwhile experience with fantastic views back over the city and coast. There are walks in practically all directions from the terminus including one to the television tower which can be ascended by lift for terrific views. However it is the international skijump at Holmenkollen which provides the greatest attraction to most people and there is a skimuseum near the foot which i am told is outstanding. I have not been at the right time of day myself. I did not feel any desire to experience either the jump or a simulation of it - that requires a different species! - but it exciting even to look at it!
Another wonderful trip is the tram ride described in the Rough Guide under East of the centre: medieval Oslo.I feel a bit confused about the tram number - memory and the guide clash for once - but you can get a timetable for all oslo transport and a map in it from the downstairs floor of the round building immediately outside the main station and you definitely want the tram towards Ljabru. it is only about 10 minutes to the Merchant Marine Academy where you should get off. Somehow I managed to miss it [which you will find unbelievable if you go] and got off at the next stop some considerable way up.
A young Norwegian man was so friendly and took such trouble showing me a good walk in impeccable English that I had not the heart to tell him that I never venture out of sight of people these days for medical reasons. I waited until he went inside and then did a modified version of his walk. The views out over the town, the Oslofjord and up to Holmenkollen were superb.
The downside was that it was then too late to look for the rock carvings mentioned in the guide when I got back to the Academy, but it was a splendid way of spending part of a summer evening nevertheless.
From journal Oslo - SO much