|Holmenkollen Ski Jump|
There are not many commercial tourist attractions in Oslo which are really “must see”. Though Norway and the area around Oslo is richer than most parts of the world in pristine natural beauty, the city is still kind of working on its share of world famous man made landmarks which are usually famous around the world – like Big Behn, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa etc. One of the places that would potentially come to identify the city with its towering shape and structure is the Holmenkollen Skii jump.
|Holmenkollen Skii Jump|
The Holmenkollen ski jump, is host to the world's second oldest notable ski jump competition still in existence.Every year, more than a million tourists visit the ski arena.One has to walk along the gravel path around the base where the skii jump ends and circle along a small hill to reach the first base. If one wished to go up further till the start of the skii jump, there is a small 4 compartment train attached to the back of the ski jump, which can take one to the top for a panoramic view.
|This is what a ski jumper will see while sliding down|
The capacity of the stands is 50,000 spectators.
The tower offers a panoramic view of Oslo and the Oslofjord. It is indeed scary and at the same time magnificient to adore the slope of the skii jump, the great height we are at and the scene of the Oslo fjords and water beyond.
|An indication of the steep slop of the skii jump|
Blasted out of the bedrock beside the Holmenkollen jump is the Ski Museum. The world’s oldest museum devoted to skis and the history of skiing with its exciting exhibitions. It is owned and administered by ’Skiforeningen’ (The Association for the Promotion of Skiing).
|Entrance to the skii museum|
|Shop with skii memorabilia inside the museum|
|Mannequin of a small kid with ski's|
|Painting showing Horse with ski's|
Some of the other peculiar artefacts in the skii museum were also the different varieties of ski's that have evolved over the years, the various miniature models of Holmenkollen, showing its evolution over the years as a skiing place. It also shows one of the world's first ski maps, the skiing kits of the Royal Family of Norway and also ski's designed for horses of all the people!
Skis from various parts of Norway show local handicraft skills and traditions.
|Me, with the collection of skis|
|US - at the Homnekollen Ski Jump|
|A old model cabin where they made skii's earl|
|A ski jumper sees this while jumping down Holmnekollen|