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Tourist in Oslo - part 1

Ecotrail's focus is not only green, the race is just as much about the city's architecture and the scenic areas that surround the capital. In the weeks leading up to the race, we look at boroughs and nature areas that you can experience as a tourist in your own city, or as a visitor to beautiful Oslo.
Part 1 - Bjørvika
Not too long ago Bjørvika was known for its busy container port and a major highway junction. The motorway has been moved underground, the containers are gone, the waterfront has been opened up and the area is now a must see if you are interested in architecture, art, city beach, kayaking, floating saunas, high end shops, food...
Del 1- Bjørvika
Ikke langt unna mållinja til Ecorail Oslo, som er på Vippa, begynner Bjørvika. Et område som for få år siden var containerhavn og motorvei. Trafikken går nå i tunel under vann og over finner du arkitektoniske perler som Operaen, MUNCH og det nye Deichman bibliotek. I Bjørvika er det i tillegg en rekke gode kunst- og mattilbud. Ikke minst er området utviklet for urban fjordbading, du finner også Oslo Badstueforretning der. De aller fleste deltakerne i EcoTrail Oslo liker fysiske aktivteter, så i Bjørvika kan kanskje også Friluftshuset friste. Der er det kayakk-utleie og buldrevegg. DNT holder for øvrig kurs og inspirasjonskvelder der.

The Mother is a nine meter tall bronze sculpture by the artist Tracey Emin. The kneeling figure is holding gentle something we can´t see, with its back to the new Munch museum. The Mother kneels in a flower meadow, which is part of Inger Munch´s pier. The Mother has already become a landmark 
and a symbol for the Munch Museum and Oslo´s harbor area. 

The new library
We can also highly recommend the new and outstanding library Deichman in Bjørvika. Go inside and explore the great interiours in a peaceful athmosphere, walk around, sit down in a comfortable chair with a view over the fjord and pier, read, study, work...

And have a walk on the roof of the Opera, try one of the many floating saunas, rent a kayak, take a dive...There is no reason to sit in the hotel room post Ecotrail Oslo race :-)

Not Venedig, but new apartments...

All photos by Visit Oslo/Didrick Stenersen
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