The Oslo Fjord, crowned by the capital of Norway, is an inlet of the Skagerrak bay, stretching inland from the North Sea towards Øresund in Sweden and the Baltic Sea. A “Fjord” is normally formed when a glacier cuts a U-shaped valley by abrasion of the surrounding bedrock and many such valleys were formed during the recent ice age. In spite of its name, the Oslo Fjord is not a fjord in the geological sense, but it still is wide range of waterways.
This Fjord has an impressive archipelago of islands, which in summer becomes the city’s favoured playground and since the in-laws from the US are visiting, we wanted them to have a taste and luckily enough we have good friends with a cabin and a boat on the Fjord. They were kind enough to give us a whole day to explore and we gladly take you along:
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Oslo is situated in an amphitheatre-like setting, with the city centre in the bottom close to the Oslo fjord, and residential areas stretching uphill from there in all directions. Behind the residential areas, the forested area extends, with flora and fauna that is quite extraordinary for a city of this size (click all pics to bigify & enjoy):
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Enough facts and on to our round trip with the boat – I guess photos show more than a thousand words:
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Recreational, don’t you think?

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A lot of nice beaches on the islands and shores.

Tourist highlights:

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Above & Below: Oslo harbour at the City Hall
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Above & Below: The new Oslo Opera House
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Bygdøy island with e.g. Maritime and the Viking ship museum.

Some curiosities:

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Above: Light Houses – Below: House boat
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Moose are commonplace (easily spotted in winter), and the whole of the capital is part of Norway’s wolf reserve (even if they rarely come here). We did not see any moose that day, but on the island by our friend’s cabin, we saw this cute deer:
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A culinary end:

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The day was finished off with a delicious dinner of grilled pork loin, baked potatoes and salads. We were incredibly lucky to have good friends willing to share their cottage and boat and help us give a perfect summer Norwegian experience while my wife’s family was visiting. We will soon be moving on to Sweden, and then across the Norwegian mountains to Bergen. So keep checking in for a look at the fantastic Nordic summertime.

16 Comments

  1. It all looks great! I took a trip in the Oslo fjord during my last trip to Norway a couple of years ago and had a fabulous time, even though no one offered to share their cottage and boat with me. You’re making me very jealous!

    Great shot of the Opera house from the water – it really looks like an iceberg when you see it from that angle.

  2. I love your photos! I’ve been to the viking ship museum. The water looks so inviting but it’s probably freezing. I’m sure your wife’s family felt so welcome.

  3. Boats and waterways and I’m a happy camper. This is pretty much what I do every single weekend almost year round. It’s a wonderful way to spend your time.

    Thanks for taking all of us along. Very nice trip indeed and I’m guessing that your wife’s family are very happy and entertained.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you both. :)

  4. I love being on the water!

  5. sharonsmum.anne@gmail.com

    Thanks for sharing your holiday pictures with us – what beautiful scenery.

  6. LOVE the new look! Never made it out onto the Fjord in a boat. Still, your photos are a great, and more stable, substitute ;)

  7. Letizia Marziali

    Wonderful pictures and descriptions as always, dear Renny!!!!!!!^_^Have a great summer in Sweden and Norway, enjoy!!! :)))

  8. Amazing pictures..

  9. Great pictures! What a wonderful time you are having with your family! Hello to Diane for me!

  10. Being on a boat is fun, and with scenery like that? Great Photos!

  11. Fantastic photography. Loved each and every one.Thanks for sharing.

  12. Lovely, lovely photos! I fell the sea breeze! I love to be on the Sea!

  13. Ehum… I meant I FEEL the sea breeze… uhum… we’ve started with some drinks over here… the rain was forcing us… *giggles*

  14. Summer is great!
    Very nice new design of your webpage!

  15. So beautiful!

    The only time I was in a fjord was in New Zealand and it was unforgettable. Mother nature spoiled you up there!

  16. looks like a perfectly gorgeous day for boating. so nice to have friends willing to share like that.

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