The weather forecast for that Saturday (27th of may 2017) was sunshine so we decided to take a short trip to an island in the Oslo fjord. We discovered that the local boat line B21 departs from Aker Brygge every weekend at 10 am so we packed our bathing suits and sandwiches and took of. Unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones with the bright idea.

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The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus festning) was commenced in 1299 under king Haakon V and was built in order to protect city from enemy attacks. The vicinity of the sea was of great importance because naval majority of Norwegian commerce in that period was by sea. The fortress was strategically important for the capital, and therefore, Norway as well. Whoever controlled Akershus fortress ruled Norway.

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Just a couple of hundred meters from new residential block at Sørenga, at the slopes of Ekeberg hill you can find traces of medieval Oslo (Gamlebyen). In a small park called Middelalderparken lies the ruins of St Mary’s Church. The park was built in 2000 and the small lake surrounding the territory represents the Oslofjord as it was once had been.

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