After a visit to the Oscarsborg fortress we came back to Drøbak; a small town in Oslofjord with some 13 000 inhabitants. It used to be the winter harbor of Oslo when during harsh winters the fjord would freeze from outside Drøbak all the way up to the capital. Today it is a very popular tourist spot not just for foreigners but also for Norwegians.
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.
One of the Norway’s largest and most prominent venues for performance of dramatic arts is the National Theatre in Oslo (Nationaltheatret)
At the top of Karl Johans gate is the royal residence, a home to HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja.
Karl Johans gate is the main street of the city of Oslo, Norway.
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.
Two rivers that runs from north to the south of the city of Oslo are called Akerselva and Alna river (Alnaelva).
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.
The history of the city dates way back to year 1000AD when the medieval town of Oslo was located below the Ekeberg hills, on the east side of the Bjørvika bay in the area today called Gamlebyen (Old Town).