Going up the fiord to Oslo – still deep waters with picturesque villages and houses along the way, boats of all sizes and types everywhere.
The viking heritage – here represented at the magnificent Viking Museum in Oslo – the conservation of the ships and artefacts and the narrative about the ship burials is fascinating. Their ‘travels’ across Europe as far as Istanbul is as amazing as the gracefulness and practicality of the ships and the intricate design on objects like the demon head above.
Scandinavian design – I find it fresh with clean lines and colours. Plenty of design in fabric and clothing and household objects and of course glass and metal as above.
The Saturday market by Helsinki Harbour – has wonderful food and modern as well as traditional crafts.
The Nobel Prizes – the Peace prize is awarded from Oslo – building below. All the other Nobel prizes are awarded in Sweden.
The summer – I find it warmish in the sun but cool in the shadows – but the locals are enjoying it – the gay pride parade in Oslo was vibrant and colourful and everywhere when the sky is blue people are out!