A crisp afternoon in Oslo inspired me to take a walk along the boardwalk. The area, called Aker Brygge, is a major tourist attraction with shops and restaurants that lead up to a new contemporary art gallery. But before it was invaded by high-end eateries and businesses in the late 1980s, it was a shipyard. Aker Brygge’s history gives it a texture that separates it from the rest of the city.
The two towers in the center of the photo are part of Oslo City Hall, where city council sits. This is also where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is every December.
However small the flats are here Norwegians love their dogs.
Public transportation in Oslo includes a boat service to Bygdøy, a peninsula that is part of the city, and the various islands around the OsloFjord.
A view of the North Sea behind a sculptural homage to Aker Brygge’s history.
The boardwalk in Aker Brygge twists and turns along the North Sea, including its many canals.
Locals can buy seafood caught fresh daily from the icy North Sea water.
Fishermen start selling at 7am and close up shop when they’re sold out.
The new Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, which opened to much hullabaloo in September, is at the end of the boardwalk. It is the home to Jeff Koons’ iconic sculpture of Michael Jackson with his chimp, Bubbles.
The National Theater sits adjacent to Aker Brygge. It’s considered the home of Henrik Ibsen’s plays. Ibsen is one of the most notable playwrights in Europe and is a known inspiration for Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller and James Joyce.
The Norwegian Parliament, locally called Stortinget, which means “great thing.” There isn’t usually police tape surrounding it but recent hearings about the government and police reaction the day of the Breivik massacre has instigated higher security in the area.