Across Europe: London to Oslo
19 to 21 August 2012
To get to our schooner
sailing holiday starting in Oslo, we travelled by train and ferry
from London. It was the Eurostar to Brussels from where a German ICE
train should have taken us to Cologne. But when we went to board that
train, we were told it had been cancelled. Much wandering around
Brussels Midi station revealed the plan that we should get a train to
Liege, then one to Aachen, then one to Cologne, taking over four hours
and getting us to Cologne after the sleeper would have departed.
Fortunately there was a Thalys high-speed train which we were able to
buy tickets on for 160 euros, which got us to Cologne in time.
It was a very hot day, well above thirty degrees even now at half past
ten. Our sleeper train is running late, like almost every train here
At last an opportunity to lie down in our sleeper compartment
Next morning, the view from Stephen's bed as we cross Denmark. It had
been a very disturbed night with a lot of rough tracks and shunting at
stations as parts of our train from Amsterdam were split off to go to
either Warsaw or Prague, and new carriages from those destinations
joined our carriages. The Danish tracks seemed much smoother too.
Leaving the island of Funen behind we begin our crossing of the Great
Belt towards the island of Zealand
In Copenhagen we stored our luggage at the railway station and then went
to Tivoli Gardens
Lucy on the ferris wheel
From the ferris wheel looking to a modest roller coaster we tried next
Stephen on the ferris wheel
The lovely Tivoli Gardens
The final ride we took, pairs of chairs being flung out by rotation as
well as being lifted up and down. Afterwards we had a lovely lunch and
then ice-cream before returning to the railway station. We picked up our
bags and took the train to Nordhavn from where it was a very hot and
tiring walk with heavy rucksacks to the DFDS ferry terminal.
At last on board the ferry in our spacious cabin, where Lucy is having a
The view from our cabin
On deck as we set off from Copenhagen
Leaving Copenhagen behind
Ahead we see the harbour wall with a wind farm beyond, and the Øresund
bridge in the far distance
After dinner in the steakhouse, we watch the sun set from the pleasant
lounge/bar reserved for those with Commodore-class cabins
On deck the crowds have gone indoors
Next morning, Lucy watches Oslofjord go past
Approaching the city of Oslo
Our first glimpse of the schooner Trinovante - her three masts can just
be seen to the left of the large black stage area
A close-up of Trinovante from the ferry
After another tiring walk we finally shed our ruck-sacks on Trinovante,
which has our DFDS ferry behind, before setting off for a few hours'
This set of quays near the Rådhus contains a lot of tall ships, as well
as the ferry to Bygdøy which will take us to a number of museums. We had
considered going to the Viking Ship Museum, but feeling tired we decided
to visit the Martime Museum and Fram Museum as they didn't require a
walk to reach them.
Gjøa, the first ship to be sailed right through the Northwest Passage
After a tour of that part of the Maritime Museum that was open, we had
lunch, then moved on to the Fram Museum
Fram is a ship that was used in expeditions of the Arctic and Antarctic
regions by the Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, Oscar
Wisting, and Roald Amundsen between 1893 and 1912. It was designed and
built for Nansen's 1893 Arctic expedition in which Fram was supposed to
freeze into the Arctic ice sheet and float with it over the North Pole.
Fram is said to have sailed farther north (85°57'N) and farther south
(78°41'S) than any other wooden ship.
Exploring the ship was great fun, and on three levels around the outside
were extensive displays about Fram and Arctic and Antarctic exploration
We took the ferry back to central Oslo, walking back towards Trinovante.
She was moored in front of the opera house, shown here with its sloping
roof on which people are allowed to wander
A glass and steel sculpture in front of the opera house.
So one journey ends, and time for the next, the
sailing holiday to take us back to