Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Out and About in Oslo

Another rainy day in Oslo

Despite a few weeks of on-again/off-again rain (it felt a lot like the Pacific Northwest for a while), we did spend a couple of weekend days playing tourist in Oslo. Here are some of the highlights:

The Framm Museum features the ship, the Framm, which took Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen to the North and South poles in the late-19th and early 20th century. The ship was actually trapped in the ice for 3 years during one expedition. The museum centers on the ship itself, and they allow you to actually board it and explore many of the areas above and below deck. The kids particularly liked the on-board part!
On-board the Framm
On-board the Framm
Oslo harbor view
 We also spent an afternoon checking out the Akershus Fortress. This is one of the oldest parts of Oslo, and parts of it are still in use as a military facility today. Lots of cobblestones, fortress walls and a castle from around 1300.
Akershus Fortress--park/square

The Police Pig
Akershus Fortress-- old barracks/prison
The kids' favorite part? The "police pig" we saw out for a walk with his trainers. They didn't tell us, but we assumed maybe he was used to sniff out narcotics or something. He was a small pot-bellied pig.

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