Oslo's skyline and harbour
Even though the area around Oslo is very hilly, the skyline is very flat.
There are only 2 skyscrapers in Oslo and they are situated next to each other,
though they are pretty tall with Scandianvian standards. There are also some
lower highrises and taller churches spread over the city, just like in all other
European cities. However, a skyline of 17-storey buildings is planned and partly
under construction next to the 2 tallest buildings.
The skyline pictures in this section are taken from the ship and from Oslo Plaza, Oslo's tallest building.
Views from our cruise liner Crown of Scandianavia while leaving and entering Oslo:
Oslo central skyline with Oslo Plaza, Postgirobygget and the new opera under construction.
A wider picture of Oslo's skyline.
Den Norske Opera, The new opera house, under construction in a part of the city center called Bjørvika, next to Oslo Plaza, expected to be completed in December 2007. It will be 207m long, have 1100 rooms and 1301 seats.
Rådhuset, seen from the harbour.
The town hall and Radisson SAS Scandinavia.
Oslo harbour skyline with the town hall.
Oslo skyline seen from the ship when entering Oslo.
Oslo skyline dominated by Oslo Plaza and Posthuset.
An art deco harbour building.
Towards Holmenkollen and Uranienborgkirken.
Another cruise liner.
Holmenkollen. We planned to go to this very hilly area in the outskirts of Oslo that is a national symbol of Norway. The mountain can be seen from almost the whole city. It has a very steep ski jump.
The fjord of Norway is very beautiful.
Probably a "restaurant island". Very special.
This helicopter was flying very low above the ship and in a few seconds it was over downtown Oslo.
The Oslofjord is very beautiful. It took 2 hours for the ship to leave the fjord.
The first sight of Oslo harbour and its cruise liners.
Another cruise liner.
Postgirobygget. The 2nd tallest building in Norway. The tallest building in Norway, the tallest and largest hotel in Scandinavia, and 3rd tallest building in Scandinavia, Radisson SAS Oslo Plaza Hotel is hidden behind. You can only imagine how annoying I think it is to place the city's 2 tallest buildings at the same point, so only one can be seen from the sea…!
The first thing we did after meeting was going in to the lobby of the hotel and up with the fast glass enclosed elevator to the restaurant on the 37th floor on the top.
The views from the 37th floor of Oslo's tallest building/Scandianvia's tallest hotel, Radisson SAS Oslo Plaza:
Towards Holmenkollen, the popular ski jump mountain.
As you can see 7 floors where added on Postgirobygget recently and the building was renovated. An architect firm hosts the top floors. The addition makes Olso Plaza invisible from some angles.
Margaretakyrkan is the Swedish church in Oslo. It is situated at Hammersborg torg. It is the building to the right of Trefoldighetskirken.
Our ship, Crown of Scandinavia seen from the hotel!
Highways of Oslo leading through a tunnel. The building under construction will be a 17-storey highrise and is just one of a taller architecture that is popping up and will form a new skyline together with Oslo Plaza and Postgirobygget.
Jernbanetorvet with the modern clock tower Trafikanten.
Going down with the glass enclosed elevator. After that we went up and then down again to feel the gravity.
The panorama elevator passing the Radisson sign.
The new opera house under construction at the waterfront. Seen from the elevator.