“Local ferry from Oslo to Drøbak and a bit beyond . . .”
This little ferry (Route 602) sails from in front of the City Hall in Oslo, down Oslofjord, along the coast of Nesodden to Drøbak, a little white town which used to function as an alternative harbour to Oslo in winter when ice covered inner Oslofjord so that the Oslo harbour was innaccessible. This little ferry "Baronessen" stars to sail at weekends around Easter and then most days of the week in high summer, the last trip being in September. In the main holiday season, the ferry goes as far as Son, further south than Drøbak. The ferry calls at many small quays on its way, picking up and setting down passengers as it goes. Many of the islands on the way have holiday cottages, so the Friday evening trip is ideal for people to reach their cottages for the weekend, coming back on Sunday evening. The ferry passes a big island called Håøya on its way, part of which is a nature reserve, although it is permitted to put up tents in a designated area.. Also on the way to Drøbak is the island fortress of Oscarsborg, now no longer a military area but the fortress now houses a museum and a restaurant as well as an hotel and a spa. It is still possible to see the great cannons which sank the "Blücher" in April 1940 and so enabled the king and the government to get out of Oslo and not be captured. Incidentally, "Blücher" is stiull down there, most of the oil still in the ship being taken out some years ago. Oscarsborg holds concerts in the middle of summer, within the fortress. Drøbak is a lovely little town, with its own "Christmas shop" with Christmas decorations and effects to be bought all the year round, and this shops has inspired a Japanese version! There is an attractive small park there too, and on Sankt Hans (23 June) there is a big bonfire down by the shore. Being now classified as a "holiday town", the shops are open on Sundays here, If you don't want to wait for the ferry back to Oslo or want to spend longer in Drøbak, bus 541 runs twice an hour back to Oslo. Personally, I love the journey and take it several times each summer, usually starting with a trip at Easter. There is a great deal to see - small cottages, small marinas, even a "Greek temple" built around 1900 by a businessman who fell in love with Italy and built a holiday cottage. This appeared in a Norwegian silent film around 1915. It was restored about 5 years ago after a long period of neglect. There are many small bathing huts along the shore of Nesodden - each one originally belonging to one of the houses up the hillside. Some of the islands nearer Drøbak have a special way of signalling to the ferry - at the quay there is a signal post, painted white and the angle of the arm attached to the post indicates whether someone wants the ferry to stop or not.
The trip from Oslo to Drøbak takes about 90 minutes. Really well worth a trip - but the ferry journey is popular and if you are a bit late out you may not get a seat on the top deck!
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