Discovering “Frozen” While Visiting My Family in Oslo, Norway (part I)

Troll in Oslo, Norway
Troll in Oslo, Norway

We flew over 15 hours to get to Oslo, Norway to see my brother and his family. With my 81 year old Mother in tow we hit the road for a short family get together. Mom has a new granddaughter to meet so we’re making a special trip to establish our relationship with her.  Norway to me is a magical land where trolls play tricks on you and the current King, Harald V rules the land. I have been here many times but there’s always something new to enchant me here. This trip is turning out to be even more exciting because I  see things that remind me of the Disney movie, “Frozen“. Immediately I decided to look around and what I could find that reminded me of the movie. And boy there’s quite a bit.

Oslo Royal Palace
The hotel I’m staying in is called “The Grand Hotel, Oslo” and is very regal. It makes me think of the many dignitaries who came to Elsa’s coronation. Many U.S. presidents have stayed here. The hotel is best known as is the annual venue of the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s right down the block from the Royal Castle which I am walked a short distance up the road to see the changing of the guard. I could just imagine Anna and Elsa giggling down at me from the Royal Balcony when I posed with the Royal Guard for a quick snap shot. While walking around the grounds of the castle I noticed a statue of Queen Maud who reminded me of  Queen Iduna. 

Queen Maud of Norway
Queen Maud of Norway

I visited the Oslo Cathedral which could be a good place for a Royal Wedding. It was built in 1694. The Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government use the Cathedral for public events. A short distance down the road was Akershus Fortress which was the model for Elsa and Anna’s castle. I took a guided tour of the 500-year-old castle but could not find the 8,000 salad plates that Anna said they owned

We decided to take a side trip to Bergen which is 8 hours north of Oslo via an overnight sleeper train. Bergen’s wharf inspired the design of the city of Arendelle,  so it happens to be the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle and I wanted to see it in person. After a long, restless night in a bumpy train I woke up to a beautiful, misty city, like something out of a postcard. Everywhere I looked I saw Anna and her sister Elsa in the faces of the local people. The stores had aboriginal clothing that could have been used by the King Agnarr, (who bears a striking resemblance to Walt Disney in my opinion)  and Queen Iduna of Arendelle.
Norwegian Clothing

 I still have a week to see a lot more, so I’ll follow up with more when I get back to the states. As they say in Norway “ Ha det bra! ” (Have a good day).

King Christian
King Christian

 

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Donald McCloskey

I’m currently retired! Yay! I worked 30 years as a Product Manager and Vice President for a major Securities Clearing Bank. I was Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York and moved to Downtown Orlando with my partner on July 4th of 2004. I love to travel and have been to many places in Asia and Europe as well as exotic places like Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Australia. I’m a computer geek, avid photographer, artist and I play guitar. I've been to every Disney Them Park in the world and have been to Disney World an estimate of 250 times, but more time than I can remember. Living in Orlando gives me the opportunity to visit as often as I want.

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