Saturday, 16 November 2013

Aker Brygge (Oslo)

Today I will take you to a new country - Norway! We will land at the airport in Oslo. The Norwegians celebrate the 150 anniversary of birth of the famous painter Edvard Munch. Huge reproductions of his masterpieces decorate the walls of the airport.

Unfortunately, I only had a short half an hour in Oslo. It is definitely not enough to visit the historical center of the city. Instead, I will take you to the old shipyard area, called Aker Brygge.

The huge red building is the Oslo City Hall.

On the other side of the street comes the Nobel Peace Center. It is an exhibition center that promotes the ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Aker Brygge is located on the banks of the Oslofjord. It still includes a marina with smaller and bigger ships.

The old yard buildings are now turned into offices and shopping centers.

On the other side of the fjord you can admire the Akershus Castle, located on a little hill. It was originally built in late thirteenth century. Next to it there is a station of big ferries that can take you to other Scandinavian countries.

It is quite a contrast compared to the modern residential and office buildings established over the last twenty years.

Looks a bit like Venice I guess. With parking places for boats just next to the office.

If you have a spare moment you can take a look inside the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. I like the idea of having wooden walls - looks a bit like a barn, doesn't it?

In the back you can see the fjord leaving the city. The little light is a small lighthouse that is helping ships to navigate. It takes one hour to reach the open sea. The fjord is not very long but ships and ferries move there very slowly.

Another look at Akershus Castle. It seems some military ships have anchored next to it.

Time to say goodbye to Oslo. We have one more place to visit in Norway. A small but charming town. On the banks of a fjord of course.

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