skiing

Winter in Oslo

White, Cold and Beautiful

It’s January and mid winter, it is snowing and the city is all covered in white. Here I am, back in Oslo on a business trip. I plan to spend some time during the stay trying out my skiing equipment and my skiing skills and It could not have been more perfect than this.

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The Royal palace during the evening hours. All cover in snow.

The unique about Oslo is how close it is to the nature so my Sunday plan was all about skiing. I woke up early,  took the metro from the City center and 25 min later I had my ski strapped on and was ready to explore the cross-country trails of the Oslo forest called Nordmarka.

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I started my skiing at Songsvann, It was snowing and it was all about finding the right ski wax to make sure not to spend all my energy on going backwards instead of forward, as I wanted to take the trail to Ullevålseter that is mainly uphill. After some struggle uphill and re-waxing half way, I made it to Ullevålseter and had a rest at the Cafe with some light snacks and refreshments before I returned back to Songsvann station taking the metro back to town.

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During my week i returned back to try out the trails at the evening hours as some of the trails have flood light to 10pm in the evening. Being out in the trail after the dark has a magic feel to it.

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With the easy access from the City Center you can go Cross-country skiing in the evening and end it with a nice meal at one of the many great restaurant in town or just go for some fun after skiing in the city of Oslo.

If your looking for some more adventures skiing you can head to the Oslo Winter park.

Travel Plans for 2014:

The land of the Polar Bear

One of the trips I have planned this year is a skiing expedition to the island of Spitsbergen and I am very excited about it. The Island of Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, which lies halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

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We will spend 10 days skiing across Svalbard and will be camping 7 of the nights in tents. Can you imagine the beauty of true untouched arctic wilderness all covered in white, miles after miles, and can you imagine the pain in your body after a few days when you have not done skiing for years, well I can.
So as I live in Singapore where there is no snow, I am doing my best to prepare for the trip in alternative ways, so here is my Roller Ski Ready to be used.

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We will start our expedition in Longyearbyen, the capital and the largest town with a population just over 2000 people. we will get a taste of the magnificent nature of Svalbard- spend the nights in solid mountain tents and pull our own sled with equipment. The Island is also home to around 3000 polar bear so can it be more adventurous than this?