Our SAS flight to Oslo left at 10.20 am from Terminal 3 at Heathrow. It was an uneventful flight and we arrived at Oslo airport in the rain. We were picked up by the hotel minibus with two other couples, one British and one American. The weather improved on our 45 minute drive to The Grand Hotel on Karl Johans Gate in the city centre.
The hotel was an old and impressive building and very comfortable, with our room on the 4th floor. We had lunch in the Grand Cafe sitting in the corner overlooking a busy street. The cafe was part of the hotel and Ibsen went there regularly. Following lunch we went out in the rain and changed some money.
Looking across the street from the Grand Hotel Cafe
We were too late to take any sightseeing tours so we walked to the National Gallery to look at The Scream and other paintings by Edvard Munch.
The National Gallery on the left, the home of Edvard Munch's The Scream
We spent an hour looking at the pictures and sculptures. We then walked to the National Theatre and then on to the waterfront.
At Aker Brygge we saw many boats and ferries, the Radhus or City Hall and, in front, a group of statues depicting women and children.
The gaunt looking City Hall, built in 1931
The Nobel Peace Building
The waterfront with a cruise ship in the distance and behind, Akerhus Castle built by King Haakon V in the 13th century.
The rain had stopped. We walked back to the hotel through a small park with fountains and statues of children looking across the water.
In the evening we went for a meal at a local brasserie with good food and pleasant service but expensive.
We returned to the hotel. Tomorrow we leave at 7.30am for the flight to Svalbard.
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