Friday

Nothing better to combine a tour to the capital with some geocaching. Always something to do. My short trip started Friday after work. A nice, short flight with SAS to Oslo and then by airpot express train to the city center. Stayed at the Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget. The hotel is quiet central. But there is no breakfast and the room was small. But it was – compared to other hotels in Oslo – cheap. And I only want to sleep there. So no problem at all.

Meeting up with two German friends that live in Oslo to get out and get something to eat (Cafe Skansen) and after that concluding the evening in two pubs (The Whisky Bar and Revolver). Living in the city is nice compared to the small city I live in. :)

Nice food at Cafe Skansen close to Akershus Fortress
Nice food at Cafe Skansen close to Akershus Fortress
The Whisky Bar
The Whisky Bar

Saturday

In the morning I downloaded the app for City Bikes Oslo. The public bike rental which has rental bikes all over the city. Not high tech bikes, but a very convenient method to get around in Oslo. As I wanted to do some geocaching I will get to more caches in shorter time. Not very close to each other. And some areas that I have not cached in until now. On the tour I went among other places to Akershus Fortress close to the harbor.

Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress

Next stop Aker Brygge. One of the major sports for tourists. And no exception today. People over people there. And how to be stealthy there?  I found out it that it is not as difficult as I thought it would be. Most of the tourists are doing their own stuff and don’t care about what you are doing. I retrieved a cache that had a rolled up A4 ark for a logbook – and nobody noticed. :-) All in all I had a successful caching day.

Aker Brygge
Aker Brygge

The evening was concluded with a visit to the Norwegian National Opera – “Tosca” by Giaccomo Puccini. Very nice opera house (I only knew it from outside before), and the performance was very modern but the actors/singers were great. Some dinner at a known Fast food joint before I went back to the hotel.

Inside the Norwegian National Opera house in Oslo
Inside the Norwegian National Opera house in Oslo

Sunday

I started off by using the last minutes of my 24 hour rental to get by City Bike to the central station. Had to lock up my luggage before going back to Molde in the evening. After that I rented a new bike. this time an e-bike that was offered for the great rate of 30 kroner per hour. Not the cheap stuff, but really good bikes with a range up to 100 km.

Started my geocaching tour at Sørenga and then to the old part of Oslo. No problem by e-bike. A lot of nice caches.

My rented e-bike with Oslo harbor in the background.
My rented e-bike with Oslo harbor in the background.

In the afternoon – caching my way there – I meet up with my friends on Bygdøy. An easy ride along the waterfront on great bicycle paths. Who needs a car when you can go by bike. Paradise bay is the place of choice and wee even took a bath in the Oslofjord. A little cold, but nice. After returning to Aker brygge we conclude the day with some ice cream (great stuff) before I had to say goodbye and leave for the airport.

A nice short trip to Oslo and so much more to do there. I’ll be back soon.

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