Today was our last day on the Best of Norway tour. We did a lot of riding today, looking at the beautiful scenery while we headed back to meet the ship in Oslo. On the way we stopped in Lillehammer where the 1994 Winter Olympics Games were held. Our guide told us about the infrastructure the Norwegians set up for Norway during the games. This included hotels that were built to be dismantled and auctioned off after the games were over, a traffic blockade for 40 miles in every direction so that only allowed buses into the area to avoid traffic jams (the buses were scheduled and the system of getting people in and out was perfect) and several other interesting facts. We had a minute to check out the ski jump and even though it was summer they were practicing on the jumps and the plastic turf. We saw three skiers jump. It was amazing.
When we returned to the ship we came to our cabin and dropped off our stuff and headed out to see Oslo. Our ship is docked right across from Akershus Castle so we wandered around in there for awhile, we saw the Opera house, the National Theatre and then we just explored the streets until around 8:30pm.
We have until 6pm tomorrow to explore Oslo so we are going to get going in the morning and see what we can find. We hear that the Viking Ship Museum is pretty cool.
Interesting Things We Learned:
- · Norway puts their power plants in the mountain so that they don't disrupt the landscape
- · There is no litter on the ground here
- · Norwegians are beautiful
- · The traditional rooftops are made of sod
- · Everything is very expensive (coffee=$8)
- · They are obsessed with trolls (so is Geno)
- · They have tons of bridges, ferries and tunnels
- · Norway has the most beautiful topography we have ever seen
- · The government and infrastructure is very well thought out
- · They are a wealthy country