Some small impressions from Norway

Oslo at sunset January 31, 2019. Photo: Tom Thowsen

New Year`s eve in Oslo can be stunning. It can be almost magical, even though you leave before the rockets. Since Norway lies so far north, the sunsets are awe-inspiring in the winter. With or without snow, perhaps even more without snow, when It`s dark around you.

On the harborside, where there are few cars, it’s quite relaxing to stroll around and look at the people and the various architecture, from the Akershus Castle to the Oslo Opera House. And everything in between.

The Oslo Opera House. Photo: Tom Thowsen

The Opera House is a highly recommended place to visit. Both its exterior and interior is distinctive, and you can view it from different angles. Or watch the opera performance as well.

View from inside the opera house. Photo: Tom Thowsen
The stage. Photo: Tom Thowsen

Due to the Gulf Stream, and the climate changes in general, the winter is often mild in the coastal parts of Norway. In Oslo, it`s not highly unusual to have almost no snow in centrum, and perfect ski conditions on the hills. But the warmest temperature at the beginning of 2020 was measured on the west coast of Norway.   

Here are two photos from an article in the newspaper Dagbladet

Photo: Tommy Fossum (Dagbladet)

IN SUMMER SHIRT: August Dale cycled in 19 degrees Celsius of heat on Sunndalsøra on Thursday 2 January 2020, while the mayor was wearing his summer shirt. – We are used to high temperatures on Sunndalsøra, and now we have the records all winter months, says Mayor Ståle Refstie.


Enjoyed the JANUARY HEAT: Lill Karin Bugge had fun outdoors with children at Sunndalsøra. Photo: Tommy Fossum (Dagbladet)

As you see, coastal Norway can be warm in the winter, and some climate experts predict that the temperatures will rise in the years to come. Only time will show. Anyway, this was a glimpse from Norway at the beginning of 2020.

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