OUR VISIT TO HOLMENKOLLEN
02.09.2012 18 °C
No wonder the Norwegians are good at cross country skiing, ice skating,ski jumping,downhill skiing, snow clearing .and anything else to do with snow, of which they have plenty each year. and access to the ski areas so close.
This is because:- 1. they have plenty of it each year.
2. ski fields are so close.
3. it is very cold during the winter
(so the snow hangs around for a long time)
4. There is not much else to do in the winter.
From the centre of Oslo, take your skis, boots etc. and your dog if you want to, hop on the T bahn, (which is a multi carriaged electric tram), and 15 minutes later you will arrive at Holmenkollen, which is a suburb. If you don't want to take your dog or your bicycle onto the tram with you thats OK. but to take the dog, you have to buy it a ticket if you want it to sit on the seat next to you, but if it sits on the floor- it is free. Bicycles are free too!
Holmenkollen has beautiful views over Oslo, it is the site of the second highest ski jump run in Norway, (one of Four) and has been updated in the last 4 years by the addition if the sloping upwards cantilevered piece to make the run steeper and longer.
The statue is of King Olaf (father of the present king) and the sloping piece above his head was added.
It is a scary view looking down the run.
Details of the records and the construction .
The weather has been great to us while we have been here so far. Most Norwegians have told us that the days were rainy and not so good before we got here and we must have brought the sun with us. (I have taken credit for the fine days whenever I could)
Thats all for now another blog tomorrow
Jack and Norma