After four snow-filled days in the Scandinavian countries, the royal couple capped off their final day on Friday with a visit to Holmenkollen resort, which is home to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, one of Oslo’s most famous landmarks.
With stunning panoramic views over the city, the ski jump is truly impressive in its size, and has capacity for more than 70,000 spectators. Will and Kate walked through the Holmenkollen ski museum and then watched a demonstration from some of Norway’s top under-18 ski jumpers, before meeting them at the top of the ski jump.
No country has won more Winter Olympics medals than Norway, and as excitement builds around the forthcoming Games in South Korea, Will and Kate learned more about how the Norwegians have maintained this record.
The royal couple then watched a group of local schoolchildren taking part in an afternoon ski session on the slopes. Will and Kate joined the children in taking part in a number of outdoors activities, from experiencing Sami tents, to roasting sausages on an open fire. They also spoke to some of the ski instructors that deliver sessions throughout the year to keep children active and engaged with sport as well as visit the adjoining school.
Standing on a balcony 210 feet above the ground, they watched Norwegian ski jumper Anniken Mork race down the track at 56 mph before taking a leap towards the ground 194 feet below and landing gracefully more than 120 yards later near the bottom of the course.
“Good luck. You’ve got this,” Prince William told her as she set off. As she disappeared into the distance in mid-air, Kate clapped and William said: “Wow. That was amazing.”
As they walked through the world’s oldest ski museum, Will and Kate admired ski outfits through the years and indulged in some friendly rivalry with their Norwegian friends when they were reminded that the Norwegians beat their British rivals to be the first in the world to reach the pole.
After the royal couples laughed, Princess Mette-Marit told William: “I’m sorry.”
“No no, quite right,” he conceded.
William also talked about the couple’s love for skiing, sharing that they ski in the Alps, while Kate admitted that they had never tried cross-country skiing.
Kate was in a playful mood and made a snowball that she threw at her husband. “It’s too cold for snowballs,” he said, smiling.
- With reporting by Simon Perry