Winter comes to Oslo

I came back from a work trip to Bangladesh last Friday (more on this soon). When I left Oslo the week before, it still felt like autumn. When I came back, it was definitely winter! The temperatures are below zero all day, the trees have lost all their leaves and there is snow up in the hills. On Sunday, I dressed up warm and took the Tbane all the way to Frognerseteren. This is the highest station in Oslo at 469 m. Up there it really was winter!

Ice! Not easy when the whole path looks like this

I took small icy paths until I reached Tryvannstua. Unfortunately I had forgotten my wallet at home, so no hot chocolate for me :( There is a ski resort here where they were working hard to get more snow!

Tryvannstua looks inviting across the frozen lake More snow in the making!

I followed the gravel road to Skjennungen and took some photo of the ice crystals on the frozen lake. I had lunch here too, but I didn’t sit down for long as it was too cold for that!

Icy crytals on frozen Skjennungen lake Bubbles in the ice

Another reason to keep going is that the days are getting quite short now. It was nearing sunset and I wasn’t even halfway through my walk. The views were very pretty…

Nearing sunset and the moon is rising Nice views towards the city

I reached Ullevålseter, which was deserted already (last time I was here, the queues were really long and there were so many people sitting in the grass around the building). I reached Store Åklungen around sunset, such a pretty place!

Ullevålseter - last time I was here the queue was extremely long, now it was deserted Sunset at the frozen lake Store Åklungen

The skies turned really pink and then the moon appeared from behind the clouds – so beautiful!

So pink! And then the moon appeared from behind the clouds - beautiful!

After this I walked on to Sognsvann as fast as I could – it was dark by the time I got there. I had walked 13 km and could feel it in my legs! :D

Talking about Sognsvann, I went for a walk there earlier this month with my friend Judith. We had a week of foggy weather then, and this is what it looked like that afternoon…

Foggy Sognsvann

I have more photos to share, of my sisters visit to Oslo, and from my trip to Bangladesh – hope to add those soon :)

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2 Responses to “Winter comes to Oslo”

  1. willow says:

    Wonderful photographs. I have been reading your blog for a while and thought we might miss out on wintery snow photographs now you have moved south – obviously not, these are stunning.

    • Hanneke says:

      Thank you so much! The southern part of Norway is very different, but still beautiful, and still wintry! :)
      I have been following your blog too, I love following the seasons through your photos!