Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
I was not paid a penny for all the brand names in the program, with log...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
10:00 – 10:20

Taking a bus #30 to Bygdøy, a peninsula on the
western s...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
Watching waters of the Frognerkilen bay with 5
Norwegian polar explorer...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
Visiting Holmenkollbakken – going to the very
top and enjoying the pano...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
Saturday 01.02
Time

08:00

08:00 – 10:00

11:40 – 12:00

12:00 – 12:20...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
Walking around – crossing the Akerselva river
which is very small, goin...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
The next place – National Gallery. The
collection of the museum is nice...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
Visiting Oslo City Hall – there is a huge
decoration made by Henrik Sør...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
We didn’t visit some of the places:
- Norsk Folkemuseum on Bygdøy, an
o...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03

Among the food specialties I selected some
cheeses:
- Brunost («brown ...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
Sunday 02.02
Parking is free on Sundays – great day for any driver.
Tim...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
Walks around Trollhättan – it is very picturesque
city with beautiful c...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
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Driving to Slussledsvägen 6, there is
another parking lot. Around th...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03

15:30 – 16:30

16:30 – rest of
evening

Eating Pizza Kebab (mix of Ita...
Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03

13:00-17:30

19:50

Going back to Oslo Gardermoen, eating at Rasta,
fi...
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On Feb 2, 2014 we brought our friend and Saab fan secretly to Trollhättan less than 1 week before his wedding. New Saab 9-3 Aero is a part of the story. http://www.goo.gl/pi8cs1 - here you can read about the trip and see photos. Also extended photo gallery is available on
http://www.goo.gl/LaLHFn. The video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgRQDR-2k6g

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Trip program for Saab Dream Trip 2014 with Saab 9-3 Aero MY14!

  1. 1. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 I was not paid a penny for all the brand names in the program, with logos it looks more beautiful though Friday 31.01 Time 7:40 Action Arrival to Oslo, Gardermoen, flight DY1187 from Helsinki with Norwegian Costs Depends on your luck ;) Train to Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) with NSB Having pølser – Scandinavian hot dog at the Oslo S – with a cup of nice coffee (have you ever wondered that «Norway has a particularly strong affinity for coffee and is the second highest consumer of coffee in the world» (from Wikipedia). 8:00 – 10:00 Buying Oslo Pass 24h at Ruter's Service Point near the station which lets you enter the museums and using the public transportation for free (see more on www.visitoslo.com). Taking the city map from a very friendly girl at the counter. NSB ticket one-way: 90 NOK Oslo Pass: 290 NOK Pølser: 35 NOK Coffee: 30 NOK Around 75 USD / 55 EUR altogether
  2. 2. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 10:00 – 10:20 Taking a bus #30 to Bygdøy, a peninsula on the western side of Oslo Free with Oslo Pass Visiting Kon-Tiki Museum and paying tribute to Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer (in 2014 is his 100th anniversary) Free with Oslo Pass 80 NOK/13 USD/10 EUR without (28% of the price of Oslo Pass already covered) 10:20 – 11:10 Opening hours: 10:00 – 16:00 Visiting Fram Museum and paying tribute to Fridtjof Nansen, a Norwegian polar explorer Free with Oslo Pass 80 NOK/13 USD/10 EUR without (56% of the price of Oslo Pass already covered) 11:10 – 12:00 Opening hours: 10:00 – 16:00
  3. 3. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 Watching waters of the Frognerkilen bay with 5 Norwegian polar explorers immortalized in bronze in the South Pole monument which King Harald opened in November 2011 12:00 – 12:05 12:05 – 12:20 Free with and without Oslo Pass Opening hours: 24/7 Walking through the luxurious surroundings of Bygdøy to the Viking Ship Museum Visiting the Viking Ship Museum where there are three Viking ships, Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. We spent less time there although it is a nice museum as well. Free with Oslo Pass 60 NOK/10 USD/7 EUR without (76% of the price of Oslo Pass already covered) 12:20 – 12:40 Opening hours: 10:00 – 16:00 12:40 – 13:50 13:50-14:20 14:20-14:40 Going by bus #30 to Solli, eating Chicago Pizza at the Peppes Pizza – Drammensveien and going to National Theatret metro station Metro trip through Oslo from National Theatret to Holmenkollen Climbing the hill to Holmenkollbakken, a large and famous ski jumping hill. Whew, good workout. Oslo Pass gives some discount for Chicago Pizza but it doesn’t help you wallet since the pizza itself being good for 3 people is 240 NOK with the discount + 80 NOK for local beer Free with Oslo Pass
  4. 4. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 Visiting Holmenkollbakken – going to the very top and enjoying the panorama, visiting the Ski museum one can find Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s ski and rifle – in Sochi Olympics 2014 he again proved his greatness in biathlon winning gold Free with Oslo Pass 110 NOK/18 USD/13 EUR without (114% of the price of Oslo Pass already covered) 14:40-16:10 16:10 – rest of evening Going to Oslo Hotel Apartments (Kjølberggaten 29, Gamle Oslo) at Tøyen metro station and checking in. At this moment we don’t want Oslo anymore – only some beer tasting. But we still need the beer. I selected several manufacturers: Ægir Brewery (from Flåmsbrygga), NØGNE Ø and Haandbryggeriet. In the closest Vinmonopolet at Grønland metro station we were able to get NØGNE Ø (#100 and Half a World Away) and Ægir Brewery (Skumring Dubbel). All those ales gave us lots of enjoyment with their vivid distinctive tastes. Good beer (such as Nøgne Ø # 100) is 80 NOK/13 USD/10 EUR per bottle (the beer has alcohol content 7-12%, so the price is fair since 5% beer is priced around 40 NOK)
  5. 5. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 Saturday 01.02 Time 08:00 08:00 – 10:00 11:40 – 12:00 12:00 – 12:20 Action Getting a D-type car of Scandinavian origin at Hertz at the Gardermoen Airport – the car proved to be brand new and very comfortable Costs Get car Sat, Feb 01, 2014 at 08:00 Return car Mon, Feb 02, 2014 at 21:00 I’m trying to navigate Oslo city without a map. That is the best city to train navigation based on intuition since there are so many streets with one-way traffic and many unexpected dead ends. Skøyen? No way! I need Tøyen. At least one hour I was moving back and forward looking for the hotel in Tøyen. My trip companions are in the hotel having taken shower and already eating in the restaurant. Going to Grünerløkka, the lively district along the Akerselva river Drinking, perhaps, the best coffee in Oslo at the micro roaster and espresso bar of Tim Wendelboe (Grüners gate 1 – www.timwendelboe.no). Tim himself is a professional Norwegian barista who won several barista championships and he is able to select the best beans from place around the world. We chose two Kenyan blends and one Ethiopian. Road tolls are around 30 NOK from the airport to Oslo 40 NOK or around that – it is definitely worth paying the price
  6. 6. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 Walking around – crossing the Akerselva river which is very small, going up the hill through street Telthusbakken with the old houses and looking at the Gamle Aker church (Akersbakken, 26). 12:20 – 13:10 13:10-13:30 13:30 – 14:00 Free Going to the Det kongelige slot or Royal Palace. Looking at the changing of the guards which happens every day at 1.30 pm whatever weather conditions are. Free
  7. 7. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 The next place – National Gallery. The collection of the museum is nice and the atmosphere is great – you can come close to any painting and see every detail of some complex landscape painted by Norwegian painter. Being to close, though, turns on the alarm, we tested. The world famous Scream painting is also here. 14:00 – 15:15 80 NOK/13 USD/10 EUR Visiting Hard Rock Oslo which is near the National Gallery. One of the trip companions wanted a T-Shirt from that place. 15:15 – 15:30 Around 250 NOK/41 USD/30 EUR for the T-shirt
  8. 8. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 Visiting Oslo City Hall – there is a huge decoration made by Henrik Sørensen. 15:30 – 15:50 Free Opening hours (Saturday): 10:00 – 16:00 Going back to the hotel, passing by Oslo Opera House. It a nice modern building but in the summer, in my opinion, it should look much better because of the better contrast of its white color with surrounding areas. In winter it is too much of white snow around. We had no energy anymore to walk around so only did photos from the distance. 15:50 – 16:20 Free Some more beer tasting and relaxing. We didn’t go anywhere since there is 3 hour time difference between St. Petersburg and Oslo. However, before the trip I selected several places where we could spend our evenings. Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri (TripAdvisor: Ranked #48 of 846), Stortingsgata 20 – I would try local Amundsen Pale Ale 16:20 - rest of evening Beerpalace (TripAdvisor: Ranked #135 of 846), Holmens gate 3 Aker Brygge. There is Peppes Pizza nearby, so it is possible to eat pizza. Smelteverket (TripAdvisor: Ranked #180 of 846) at Mathallen Food Hall, Maridalsveien 17 A. It was selected because it has the longest bar counter in Norway – 25 meters There is also Akvavit to try – Scandinavian flavoured spirit with caraway or dill spices
  9. 9. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 We didn’t visit some of the places: - Norsk Folkemuseum on Bygdøy, an open-air museum with many old wooden Norwegian houses including Gol Stave Church build in 13th century (price is 110 NOK) – in my opinion, it may well substitute or complement some of the ship museums in summer. - Mathallen Food Hall (Maridalsveien 17 A), a market where traditional Norwegian food is sold - Sunday market at Blå (opened 12:00 – 17:00 every Sunday), a handicraft and second-hand market at Grünerløkka - Damstredet street – the other street with old houses (we walked along Telthusbakken) - Oslo Cathedral and Kvadraturen district, the historical center of Oslo - Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle; - The Vigeland Park, where there are more than 200 weird sculptures of Gustav Vigeland; - For winter – Spikersuppa, an ice skating rink between the National Theatre and Parliament, open every day in winter and free for everyone. - For summer - Hovedøya island with the ruins of a Cistercian monastery from 1147 and nice beaches - For summer - Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath, an outdoor swimming pool next to Vigeland Sculpture Park with two 50-metre pools Oslo Pass allows you not only using the public transportation for free but also parking a car on public parking lots (blue sign P with parking time) for free. The parking rules and the maximum parking time allowed must be followed. Meaning: if the parking sign says maximum 3 hours, you will have to move your car after 3 hours even if you have a 24-hour Oslo Pass. If you have an electric car (and there are so many Tesla cars in Norway – amazing!), there are some parking lots allowing you to stay for 8 hours
  10. 10. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 Among the food specialties I selected some cheeses: - Brunost («brown cheese»), a caramelised brown Scandinavian whey cheese (more of dessert than cheese). Ekte Geitost («real goat cheese»), brunost made with goat's milk only. - Fløtemysost, a conventional variant of brunost which is made of milk from cows, and has a mild and bright color. - Snøfrisk («snow-fresh»), a Norwegian goat cheese made by Tine – it is good to put it on bread and enjoy with beer - Gamalost («old cheese»), a distinctive Norwegian cheese made from skimmed cow's milk - Nøkkelost («key cheese»), a Norwegian cheese flavored with cumin and cloves Some dishes worth mentioning: - Pølser, a hot-dog that I already described - Pølse i lompe, a Norwegian variant of hot-dog. It consists of a sausage (pølse) rolled in a potato cake (lompe) with any topping - Lutefisk, made from dried whitefish prepared with lye in a sequence of particular treatments – Scandinavians have eaten lutefisk for centuries and currently is it is moved into haute cuisine - Pinnekjøtt, made from ribs of lamb or mutton that has been salted and dried - Fenalår, one of the Norwegian's favorite dish, dry cured lamb Leg, Norwegian Prosciutto The bread: - Lefse, a traditional soft, Norwegian flatbread The dessert: - Multekrem, cloudberry with cream The chocolate: - Freia-Melkesjokolade
  11. 11. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 Sunday 02.02 Parking is free on Sundays – great day for any driver. Time 06:30 – 10:30 Action Travelling from Oslo to Trollhättan with one stop at the gasoline station – we chose Preem in Tanum. Preem is a Swedish petroleum corporation owned by Ethiopian Citizen Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi. We didn’t need gasoline but we wanted a breakfast and gasoline station was combined with Rasta, a restaurant offering a nice selection of home cooked dishes Costs Road tolls are around 50 NOK on the Norwegian territory Concerning breakfast - don’t remember exactly but dishes are big – good value for money Waiting for the opening of Saab Museum – looking at NOHAB steam train nearby 10:30-11:00 11:00 – 13:40 Visiting Saab Museum – it covers the history of the Saab brand of automobiles manufactured by various companies since 1947. The collection is fantastic – old cars, futuristic concepts cars, sport cars and all are named proudly Saab. 80 SEK / 12.5 USD / 9 EUR
  12. 12. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03
  13. 13. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 Walks around Trollhättan – it is very picturesque city with beautiful cliffs along the shores of the Göta älv river: - first point Stromkarlsbron Dam (there is a parking lot there) - Passing by Church in Trollhättan - Parking at Kreativ Kraft Åkersbergsvägen 8, walking on foot down the hill to the Olidan Hydroelectric Power Station 13:40 – 15:30
  14. 14. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 - Driving to Slussledsvägen 6, there is another parking lot. Around there are old and new Trollhättan locks - Driving along Olidevägen and parking against the Olidan Hydroelectric Power Station – opened in 1910 it still supplies electricity and is operated by Vattenfall (goo.gl/OTBBTE). It is possible to have a guided tour in the station with Kreativ Kraft – (www.goo.gl/388ruz) - Driving to the other side of the Göta älv river to the Kungälvsvägen. There is a parking lot and trailway to the viewpoint on the cliff – such a fantastic view on the Göta älv river, the Olidan Hydroelectric Power Station and the city
  15. 15. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 15:30 – 16:30 16:30 – rest of evening Eating Pizza Kebab (mix of Italian and Turkish technologies) at the Pizzeria Athena (TripAdvisor: Ranked #7 of 54), Kungsgatan 70 B. The quality of food is nice – there are many locals coming and buying pizza. No alcohol, but you can take pizza with you. Checking in at the Hotel Trollhättan (Best Western) and resting a little, having Sauna at the hotel for relaxation and recovery. Monday 03.02 Time 09:00 – 12:00 Action Deep dive into Saab with Nevs: the test drive of the new Saab 9-3 Aero, the presentation of Nevs and a factory tour. Definitely don’t forget to take photo at the factory and at the Saab sign. Costs Priceless
  16. 16. Saab Dream Trip – Oslo-Trollhättan Jan 31 – Feb 03 13:00-17:30 19:50 Going back to Oslo Gardermoen, eating at Rasta, filling gasoline at Preem on Swedish territory (in Norway more expensive), visiting shops just before the Swedish-Norwegian border where chocolate, cheese and other tasty things can be bought cheaper than in Norway. Departure to Helsinki, flight DY1198 from Oslo with Norwegian Map with points mentioned above is here - goo.gl/5ocFiV. You can always send me questions on eparadeev@gmail.com. Road tolls are around 80 NOK on the Norwegian territory Depends on your luck ;)

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