We started off the day with a tour of the Royal Palace, which is open to the public for a few weeks each summer when the royal family is on holiday. No photos are allowed, so we just admired quietly. It would be fun to dance in the grand ballroom.
We spent the afternoon with friends at Oscarsborg, an island fortress which has the distinction of sinking a German heavy cruiser in 1940, delaying the Nazi invasion just long enough for the king and parliament to escape.
King Harald's name is inscribed in the stone.
As we walked further, the boys were excited to see bigger cannons.
And then even larger ones!
It seemed a little on-the-nose American to pose with big guns, but here we are anyway.
We had dinner (outside!) and of course, the outing had to end with ice cream.