I feel embarrassed to admit it. I'm 40 and have never sailed until yesterday... I have been aboard sailboats, but never actually sailed. Yesterday I was invited by friends to spend the day in their beautiful sailboat and I had a blast. It was just a perfect day!
Let's raise those sails
Arriving at Oscarsborg, a 350 year old fortress in the Oslo fjord.
Oscarsborg has such an interesting history that I want to share a small portion of it with you all. So here is today's history lesson:
The 9th of April 1940 the german heavy cruiser Blücher sailed through the Oslo fjord not stopping after warning shots further out. Watching the ship approach the commander at Oscarsborg, colonel Birger Erikesen, made the most important decision in norwegian military history. He did not have time to consult his superiors. He did not act on an order, but decided that the large german warship gliding through the water had to be stopped. He gave the order to strike with full force even though Norway was not at war. He had no time to check the nationality of the ship, but gave the order to fire. Blücher sunk, the conquest of Oslo was delayed, the king and government managed to escape and about 1000 soldiers died in the cold waters of the fjord. Nazi-Germany lost one of its most powerful war machines at sea.
What a difference ONE man can make!
One of the canons at the fortress.
The view of the Oslo fjord from the fortress is awesome.
At sea even the simplest lunch tastes like a gourmet meal.
Back at Hvitsten