Visiting Oslo In Norway With The 16-Hour Overnight Ferry

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Overnight ferry to Oslo

Overnight ferry to Oslo

Hello from Cabin 5611 of the overnight ferry to Norway!

We’ve been meaning to visit Oslo for some time. Not only Oslo is a beautiful city for its buildings and architectures but it is also a home to the laureates of the Nobel Prize for contribution to peace.

The experience was great. Although we spent most of the time on the ship (more than 32 hours), we managed to walk around the downtown in Oslo in some 6 hours having visited places like the Royal Palace, the Oslo City Hall, the Nobel Peace Center and so on. See photos below and feel free to leave your comments.

So, I and Tatiana are on the way to Oslo of the overnight 11-story ferry. The trip is 16 hour long. And this is our ferry.

This was my first time on a ferry of this size and honestly it felt like a busy airport check in when we walked into the terminal.

Another shot of the sister ferry (just a sample)

Sailed off to Norway (view on water from the back deck)

This is ‘the flesh and the bones” of our ferry. When inside it does not feel like we were on the boat at all. It felt like we were inside of a modern building.

Some pictures of the outer part of the ferry. Back deck. It was a bit drizzling, but we were surprised that it was not cold at all. I thought that wind would blow us off the deck and that we would freeze, but it was actually warm outside.

The safety boats and the banks looked like those on Titanic.

I thought the logo of DFDS Seaways looked really cool with the yellowish lighting at midnight.

I loved this part of all facilities on the ship: playground for kids

Thumbs up for the IT facilities except for the fact that I could not use any instant messengers except MSN if I wanted to (… reading my blog comments here).

The dining facilities were great! The food was very good too.

Tatiana loves fish

Some interesting signs, instructions and writings I thought worth taking a picture of. Like this one, for example, I thought that signs should be easy to understand. But I could not figure out what this meant. Can you?

I hope they were not disturbed much.

I wonder if people nowadays bother understanding this.

I thought these WC signs were pretty modern-looking. Somehow reminded me web 2.0 era.

We are approaching Norway known for its natural beauty.

We finally arrive at the DFDS Terminal in Oslo. The weather is a bit gray but not rainy, which gives us hopes to explore the city mainly on foot. We are pulling our maps and head towards to city downtown.

A photoshot of the ferry on the Norwegian land.

I thought it was nice to see these two building depicting different styles.

This is an interesting combination

The Norwegians congratulate Obama on his victory. The other Norwegian we met at the Nobel Peace Center asked me if I was satisfied with the results (as he thought we were from the US).

Tatiana invites us to see the Royal Palace

A gigantic car we saw on the way to the Royal Palace

This was an interesting quote we saw on the way to the Royal Palace. Since Norwegian is similar to Danish I could read the line that says “Don’t read the time. If the time was bigger, you would be smaller

The Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway

The tramway in Oslo is at first sight very inconvenient because it is right where all other means of transportation is (cars, buses etc.). But I thought it was unique. I have not seen this type of intersections anywhere else yet.

Traditional Norwegian dresses

Tatiana is about to kiss this guy ;)

The Nobel Peace Center

All red - a bit weird place, but the colors look great (Tatiana is wondering why I am standing with a camera)

Here are all the Nobel peace prize winners displayed on the human sensitive devices. When somebody is standing in front of a display, it is set to ‘Play’ mode automatically. It may be a little bit slow to load information, but overall the impression and information is great.

At the museum, there is the paper city promoting peace through the contributions of visitors.

Here are some examples

Tatiana is busy making our contribution to the city

The outcome

The piece makers who should have no introduction

At the museum we could not resist but buy these three items: The Art of Happiness: A Hnadbook for Living by HH Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler, Our World Now by Reuters and the CD called The Nobel Peace Prize, which is a collection of songs with some greatest statements made by well-known peace promoters.

The Oslo City Hall. This is where the Nobel prize for peace is given to the winner on 10th of December each year.

Our lunch - salmon!

In the Bookstore

I thought the bikes were quite interesting. Different wheel sizes (front & back).

The shopping mall we stopped by on the way back to the ferry. Bought our dinner and head back to the DFDS terminal.

I thought these Internet machines are useful. Costs 60 Norwegian krone an hour ($9). A bit expensive, but maybe useful for some people.

Raising flag when approaching home

Arriving home

In the end, in case you are also planning a trip with an overnight ferry. Here is what you may take with you on an overnight ferry:

  • 2 pairs of jeans (1 will also do);
  • 1 pair of shorts;
  • 2 favorite t-shirts;
  • 1 pair of slippers;
  • a warm jacket (if it’s fall or winter); sweater (spring or summer);
  • underwear and 3 pair of socks;
  • toothbrush & toothpaste;
  • photocamera; (must)
  • a charger to photocamera (only if your batter does not last long);
  • videocamera (optional);
  • laptop (optional);
  • converter (adapter) only if incompatible (e.g. Europe, DK, UK, or US);
  • mp3 player (optional);
  • cash or credit card;
  • map of the country you are going to;
  • any other printouts of walking, driving plans;
  • a great and positive attitude/spirit.

In case you forgot something, there are huge supermarkets onboard, so you can buy pretty much everything. But if is usually more expensive. So, plan ahead and have a nice trip!

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13 Responses to “Visiting Oslo In Norway With The 16-Hour Overnight Ferry”

  1. Bellyn WhittekerNo Gravatar says:

    November 11th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    The picture of you and Tatiana approaching Norway is very cool! Especially the moon and echo moon (this may be something else, but it looks like a double moon shot!) The salmon makes me hungry! Your view of Norway makes me want to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tobias SchelleNo Gravatar says:

    November 11th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Vladimir,

    Thx for sharing. May be the sign on the boat means “don’t let your children run away” :-) It’s a guess.
    Btw I like your new blog interface. Hopefully I will have my non-danish blog up and running anytime soon.

    Take care Vladimir
    from Barcelona,

  3. Kithsiri DissanayakeNo Gravatar says:

    November 11th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Realy nice trip you had. I feel that I am there.I love the darkness in roads and some other places.Thanks for sharing.(please let me know weather I could send my field photos to you,if so i can send them immedietly, as I caught a nice photo of herd of elephants who were having a fun immediately after a sudden rain)

  4. yllzaNo Gravatar says:

    November 11th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I’ts beuatiful trip, thanks for sharing…

  5. Dr. Hamli B. BihaNo Gravatar says:

    November 12th, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Mr Chen, Thanks for sharing your trip to Norway with all the photos. You and your partner must have had an enjoyable moment. How I wish I was there too. May be one day I’ll be there. With thise photos I can also know and see in picture who this V. Chen is. Your notes over the mail have been very helpful to me and to others. Your unselfish efforts to share your knowledge, a gift of God, have made more people happy in their quest for further education with success. Once again, thank you. May god bless you.
    Dr. Hamli B Biha

  6. Bruce LeeNo Gravatar says:

    November 12th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Great!!! Thanks for your kind sharing.

  7. IbrahimNo Gravatar says:

    November 12th, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Hi Vladimir,

    It was so nice and beautiful visit. I am supprised how the slogans are attractive and meaningful. I am from Somalia, as you aware off, the only thing that I do not know how to define is “peace” because the life in Somalia is quite complex and even the death of a person here is not a shock. But now when I see from images you posted that there is a relationship between love and peace. “Make love not war”, very catchy and meaningfull. Thanks

    Keep intouch,

  8. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    November 12th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Thanks to everyone for your comments. I really appreciate your taking time and leaving me your thoughts, feedback and signs of gratitude. Any type of feedback is what gets me so going and excited.

    @ Bellyn Whitteker - Oh yeah, you should definitely visit Norway. I know that much of it is still unexplored for us, but I know that it has a lot to offer. It is a beautiful country i.e. mountains, fjords, water, glaciers, waterfalls and so on.
    @ Tobias - thanks for your guess and comments regarding the blog interface. Look forward to visiting your blog sometime.
    @ Kithsiri Dissanayake - Sure, I’d love to see the field photos your took. Photobucket and Flickr are great services where you can upload the photos and share a link here. Thanks a lot.
    @ yllza - Thanks for being a loyal reader.
    @ Dr. Hamli B. Biha - Thank you for your gratitude. I feel flattered by what you said. This only increases my desire to go out and share more. I genuinely hope that many more people will enjoy what you’ve learned so far. Thanks for being a loyal visitor.
    @ Bruce Lee - I like your name ;) and thank for you comment a lot.
    @ Ibrahim - yes, Ibrahim, I also think the word can have many ramifications and interpretations. But it all comes down to such a state where there is a high level of understanding or as somebody put it a high level of ’seeing-though’, which means an ability to see something from the perspective of another person/position. I also love those cards. Each has a meaning and message. But they all speak to raise that seeing-through level. Thanks once again for being a loyal reader of this blog.

  9. mufiedNo Gravatar says:

    November 12th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    wew…nice picture…hikz..hikz..i wanna trip around the world..huwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…whennn…but…nice pic,,^^ love it,,

  10. Flora LoroNo Gravatar says:

    November 14th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Dear Vladimir,

    Nice to write to you with all the picture attached to your visit I wish you all the best.
    I am writting to you from Khartoum. I love sharing your visit to Oslo. I have leant a lot from the Norwegains here in Sudan. In Fact I worked for a Norwegian church Aid.
    I may stop here with best regards to your family. And I wish the other visit will be to Sudan.


    Flora Loro

  11. Mustapha HabitoucheNo Gravatar says:

    November 14th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Salam Vladmir,
    I am deeply touched by these pictures and slogans which illustrate your love and peace to people. I want to thank you once again for what you are doing and I hope that you will visit Algeria in order to attend my thesis defence.
    Best Regards

  12. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    November 24th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    @ mufied - glad you like it!
    @ Flora Loro - What did you do for the Norwegian church? Sounds very interesting. Share your experience. And of course I will be more than happy to see you here often ;)
    @ Mustapha Habitouche - I’m very happy to be helpful. I am also touched by your sense of gratitude. I would certainly love to visit Algeria. I and Tatiana are brainstorming how we can be more involved with Africa. Btw, when is your thesis defence?

  13. ArslanNo Gravatar says:

    November 28th, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Your journey to Oslo, percieved from the images, ought to be fantastic. The images I liked the most were, that of:

    1. the Bookstore. I wish such store to be in my country (Pakistan) too.

    2. the gigantic car you saw on the way to the Royal Palace.

    3. the quote you saw on the way to the Royal Palace. “Don’t read the time. If the time was bigger, you would be smaller”.

    At last, thanks alot to share you memories with all of us.

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