Last weekend my friend B invited me to join her family on a boat trip down to Oscarsborg fortress by Drøbak. I immediately said yes – since I grew up in Stanghelle, deep in the Veafjord in western Norway, I really miss spending time by and on the sea. Nothing beats heading outdoors in the morning and being met with that fresh and strong scent of the sea and its creatures.
Sitting in a (fast-moving) boat with fresh wind blowing in my hair is one of my favourite things to do. Add two friends who know the name of each and every place that you pass and you have a wonderful sightseeing cruise on the Oslofjord. And need I mention how great that sea water is for my hair?
We started out in overcast weather in Sjølyst, where most Oslo citizens dock their boats. Lots of boats. Small and large. Expensive and ridiculously expensive.
An interesting collection of bits and bobs on the aerial of this boat!
On the way to Drøbak we passed Nesodden, where dainty little bath houses lined the shore. We don’t have bath houses in western Norway and I’m totally fascinated by how pimped up some of these houses are. Doing up one of these would definitely have been my dad’s cup of tea!
Parts of the Oslofjord are quite shallow and lots of light houses and markers show you the safe way through, day or night. We also passed quaint little seafront villages, which are are very similar wherever you are in Norway — white houses placed close together, lots of boat houses lining the shore and a marina housing everybody’s boats being the focal point of the village in the summer months.
One thing that is quite unique to Norway and other countries with offshore oil rigs are the Nutec training stations, as you can see below. This is where the platform workers get their safety training and being inside that life boat as it is dropped into the sea is part of the extensive training course. I’ve always thought that it looks so thrilling!
But let’s not forget that this is a fashion blog: I wore an easy maritime inspired outfit for the day, with distressed shorts and a striped vest. Comfy, boat appropriate and perfect for licking some sun in between the many clouds.
H&M striped vest // Triumf turqouise bikini // RayBan sunglasses // Vero Moda denim shorts (now on sale!) // Geox brown sandals // Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag // Accessorize sparkly stud earrings // Armani silver/brown watch (similar)
I hope you enjoyed this little trip through the Oslofjord! Tomorrow I’ll show you around Oscarsborg Fortress, which famously sank the German ship Blücher in 1940 and ensured that parts of the goverment and the royal family got into safety. Here’s a teaser: