The ice hotel? Well, I must say it was a great nights sleep. The sleeping bag issued is capable of taking much lower temperatures but what is surreal is how much the ice walls absorb sound. A total silence is all you hear. Well after that refreshing night we made our way back across to Oslo.

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The sun came out on the snowcovered streets and hills surrounding Oslo as we went to watch the World Snowboarding Trials. I had never been to watch such a sporting event, skiing and snowboarding being something very much confined to my television. Well, it turned out to be a great experience. From our vantage point half way up the hill we watched the final run of the mens competition. Little did i realise actually how high these guys jump nor how much drop the was on each slope!

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In the end the competition was won by Chas Guldemond from USA. Down in the winners enclosure and podium we had the honour of meeting him and a quick chat.

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Round the corner and into the tipi we went and as we sat we ended up speaking to Norwegian and Mr Snowboarding himself Terje Håkonsen.

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Later in the day we went back to the city centre for a guided tour to soak up the history and sights of Oslo. There really is a rich and diverse history and saw such great buildings as the Royal Palace and the Opera House.

palace Visit Norway Day 2 – Oslo

Where are we off next? Well I am sure I will explain more afterwards but will definitely involve putting skis on ourselves.