Lofty Oslo Summer Concerts (with a Little Heavy Metal!)
After an informative tour of the beautiful social realism murals inside the Oslo City Hall, our guide invited the group to the highest concert in Oslo.
Perched on the east tower is the city hall carillon, the heaviest instrument in the city. Weighing in at 20 tons, the bronze bells of the carillon ring out across the Oslo fjord every hour. Guests are only able to get close to the "voice of the city" in the summer months. It offers some of best views in Oslo of the harbor, Akerhus Fortress, and the Aker Brygge shopping district.
Guests are even invited to see the carillonist in action. Although her instrument was operated by a series of violent fist poundings, the petite musician was as humble and approachable as could be. She was more than willing to chat with the tourist types, accompanying us back down to the city streets.
Although not known for their warmth, both Scandinavians and their cities are at their best when you least expect it.