Whilst Friday in Oslo was spent exploring the Opera House and the Palace, Saturday meant heading to the hills to visit the great big ski jump casting its shadow over down town Oslo.
A train journey lasting roughly 15 minutes from central Oslo will take you winding up the hillside. We felt like we were on some old tourist train climbing up the side of a steep mountain, rather than on a popular public route. And, if you bought the Oslo Pass this picturesque journey comes free!
There’s been a ski jump at Holmenkollen since the late 1800s (although admittedly a pretty small jump) and the current ski jump was built in 2010, soaring 60 metres above ground – pretty terrifying. The ski museum has little models made up showing the progression from creation in the 19th Century all the way to today. If you’re interested in winter sports at all then you can also see all about the different types of equipment used. There’s also some interesting exhibits on Norwegian history and early expeditions to the Antarctic.
I can’t recommend the Oslo Pass enough. Not only is the transport up to Holmenkollen free with it, but the museum (which usually costs 110Nok) is also included in the price of the pass. Even if you’re not interested in the museum itself, the entrance is a must simply for the access it gives you to the top of the ski jump where you get what are probably the best views of Oslo. However, do be prepared to queue – I assure you it’s worth it, and you’ll forget all about how long you queued for when you’re at the top!
I was of the opinion that no trip to Oslo would be complete without trying some Reindeer (promise it wasn’t Rudloph!). So we hopped back on to the train and continued up hill to the Frognerseteren Restaurant on the last stop of the line. The restaurant offers more spectacular views of Oslo, especially from the upstairs seating area. You may have to wait a while to get a table in the window though – the people already there didn’t seem in a hurry to get moving!
But you couldn’t really blame them when this was their view:
We opted for Reindeer stew and an Elk burger. I have to say I preferred the Elk, but at least that means Rudolph won’t be in any danger soon!
Have you ever eaten Reindeer? What were your thoughts?