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May 21, 2023

At the end of January, we had an extra winter school break called “Winterferien” – not to be confused with Christmas vacation – and we decided this would be a great time to go to Norway.

We spent a day and a half in Oslo before heading north for some cross-country skiing. Of course we went to the Polar Exploration Museum, known also as the Fram after the actual boat that is inside it. There are two boats actually, that carried Norwegian polar expeditions to the north and south poles around the turn of the 20th century. I realized that the combination of boats PLUS snowy cold is kind of Peter’s idea of heaven…

Other Oslo adventures included Ekebergparken sculpture park, a very expensive beer (not pictured), and other entertaining city finds.

But we actually came here to go skiing so we took the train to Lillehammer and then stayed in a small town called Nordseter, where we could ski out the back door. Many good days of XC touring were had. Also some good ping pong.

As we got back into the rhythm of XC, we went farther – if we had known how well-groomed it all was we could have just skiied from town to town! But the place we stayed was very cozy and we enjoyed trying out things we found at the local grocery store.

We also went out at night to play under the full moon. Not great conditions for the aurora, we’ll have to come back another time for that, but really cool moonshadows.

We got in one last short ski before heading back to Lillehammer, taking the train back to Oslo, eating a fancy dinner out, and staying in an unremarkable airport hotel before our flight back home. We all really enjoyed Norway – except the prices – definitely on the list of places we’d like to visit again, including in summer. Tak, Norwegen!!

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