Norway to Sweden by Train
01.01.2016 - 01.01.2016 0 °C
Watched the New Year fireworks from our room and then had trouble going to sleep. Up at 7.00 am and down for breakfast, packed up and walked over to the railway station. We gave ourselves plenty of time and I found the same railway attendant whom we spoke with the other day. Our train to Stockholm was not appearing on the Departures Board, so he rang his supervisor who told him that the board had to be rebooted. It was and we learned that our train was leaving from Platform 15 at 10.56 am. We had to find Carriage 4 and Seats 37 and 38. A lot of us were standing on the platform trying to identify Carriage 4 as there were no numbers on them and then miraclously a digital 4 appeared on the side of the carriage and we all piled in.
There were seats facing both ways and horror of horrors, ours weren't facing the way we were going. Anyway we started off facijg the wrong way but I started to feel motion sick so we moved to two seats facing the right way. We had about five stops along the way and I was really worried that we would be sitting in someone else's seats. But when the conductor came along, we told him the problem and he said we could stay where we were as no one had booked them.
The train trip from Oslo to Stockholm was about 5 hours and it was so magical. We were riding through the country side, covered with snow. It was beautiful and then it started to snow, quite heavily. All the houses are painted in a very dark red, some deep yellow and some black and they all were covered in snow. The branches of the trees were covered with snow. It was just so pretty. Just like a picture on a post card.
These photos just don't do this lovely scenery justice. We are going too fast for the tablet to focus, but the beautiful snowy landscape is imprinted on my mind. As enchanting as this Christmas landscape is, there is no way I could live here. Day break at 11 am and dark at 3.30 pm. The locals spend a lot of time indoors.
We got into Stockholm at 4.00 pm and it was pitch black and freezing. The receptionist at the Clarion in Oslo told us it wasn't very far to walk to the Clarion in Stockholm but no one at the station seemed to know where it was. We finally got directions and walked a long way, dragging our bags in the freezing cold. The receptionist in Stockholm told us she would tell us about a short cut when we have to go back to the station in a couple of days.
We have a nice room - very Swedish - overlooking the square which is covered in snow.
We walked a couple of blocks to a Turkish Restaurant for dinner. It was fresh and lovely. Now to plan some activities for our day in Stockholm tomorrow.