Trip to Oslo 4 to 7 October 2013

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LAST UPDATED: 2 October 2013

NOTE: Please respond – before the end of 28 September – to the questions posed in several messages, in comments and in the event description on InterNations as well as below. Otherwise I will assume that only Margarita, Miriam and myself are going and will proceed with planning the trip directly with them.

Here is map showing how to get from Copenhagen Airport to the centre of Copenhagen, and from the centre of Copenhagen to the terminal (http://goo.gl/maps/h74N0).

Those of you coming from Berlin, and have some time to spare before proceeding to the ferry terminal, can leave their luggage with me at my office on Kongens Nytorv (same square as the metro and bus stop on the map). I will be leaving from the office at about 15.00 hrs. Depending a little bit on the weather, I will take bus 26 from the place marked on the map, or perhaps walk to the terminal in the unlikely event that the weather is nice.

BOOKING THE TRIP

I assume that those who wish to go have by now booked their cabin (and opera ticket, if relevant).

Concerning the evening meal on the outbound journey, I suggest booking the ‘Seven Seas buffet’ in advance. Then we can discuss whether we want the same for the return journey or go to one of the á la carte restaurants. In any case, it is best to book tables.

PROGAMME

Friday 4 October

15.00-16.15 Check-in at terminal

16.45 Ship departs from Copenhagen

Saturday 5 October

Breakfast can be had both as a buffet in the main restaurant and in a coffee bar (Baresso). It is a good idea to get up early enough to enjoy the views for the last couple of hours of the journey.

09.45 Ship arrives in Oslo.

Check-in (or luggage to be deposited) at hotels. The ferry docks within walking distance of central Oslo.

Visit to Museum of Contemporary Art http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/en/venues/museum_of_contemporary_art/. Open Saturday 12.00-17.00. Meet at the entrance at 12.00. Here is a map of the walk from Hotel Thon Opera to Museum of Contemporary Art: http://goo.gl/maps/R9Hgc.

It would be great if others would volunteer to coordinate visits to some of the other sights in Oslo. The new opera house http://www.operaen.no/ (the activity logo photo) is a sight in itself. The lobby and café are open to the public, and it is possible to walk on its roof. Other sights: the newly refurbished Munch Museum, the viking ship museum, the characteristic stave churches, the train ride up to Holmenkollen (ski hop) offering some great views, and two sculpture parks: the Vigeland Park (Frognerparken) http://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?TLp=229519 and Ekebergparken http://www.ekebergparken.com/en/, not to mention a very pleasant waterfront promenade. It is very quick and easy to get around Oslo. There are usually maps to be found on the ferry with information on public transport etc.

At 18.00 hrs some of us will be going to the opera (Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre). Starting on 3 June, a package for an opera trip with everything included can be booked, and I will return with the link on that day.

Dinner to be coordinated for those not going to the opera. Any volunteers?

Sunday 6 October

Breakfast at hotel(s)

Visit to the new Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modert Art (http://www.afmuseet.no/). Meet at the entrance at 11.00. Open 11.00-17.00. Here is a map of how to get there: http://goo.gl/maps/sdowu.

14.30-16.15 Pick up luggage at hotel(s) and check-in at terminal

16.45 Ship departs from Oslo

Monday 7 October

09.45 Ship arrives in Copenhagen

OTHER PRACTICAL INFO

Several buses go to the terminal. Details on how to get from Copenhagen Airport and from central Copenhagen will be added here in due course.

Those coming from Berlin or other places outside Copenhagen, and who want to spend a number of hours in Copenhagen before boarding (I can map out a nice walk or two) are welcome to leave their luggage at my workplace (very centrally located), and we can then go to the ferry together.

One person has asked me about sea-sickness: The ferries are pretty stable, so this rarely happens. However, the crew will know the weather forecast and are always prepared and will distribute anti-sea-sickness pills (they really work) to those who want them. The trick is to eat and drink as you normally would, take a pill, and go to bed and hopefully sleep through any rough weather.

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