We arrived by ferry to Oslo and walked from the ferry terminal to the railway station. It was a sunny day and about high teens in temperature. Oslo is very green as is Norway in general. I had to find a toilet which I did with difficulty in the old palace gardens but couldn’t use it cause I had to swipe a credit card to go.! Finally found a toilet in the railway station but had to pay $1:60 to go .. 10 NK! We then stored our bags at the railway station and walked to Frogner park where there are over 200 statues some bronze and some granite. We had a small bite at a cafe and found everything very expensive but Oslo is one of the most expensive places to visit so luckily we are visiting with Sarah and John in Moss which is 60km away.
We took the train from Oslo to Moss and Sarah picked us up at the station. We traveled through mountains covered in Birch and Spruce ..40% of Norway is forested and only 1% urban. It has a population of just under 5 million and is second to Iceland in being the most sparsley populated countries in Europe. Wood products, oil and fish are it’s main exports. We stayed in Moss for 3 nights and were wined and dined at Sarah and Johns. They live near the woods so we went on several walks there and Rick did a couple of runs. We also went on a couple drives to Jeloy island and a castle an hours drive away near Sweden at Fredrikstad. The night before we left them Rick realized he doesn’t have his passport and had it last at Oslo railway station when we bought a SIM card. We have to get a temporary passport when we make an appointment with the consulate in Oslo on our return trip! We are traveling to Bergen from Oslo so have time to update our Blog.