10+1 Best Things to Do in Oslo
Oslo is a popular Scandinavian destination, especially for nature lovers, but the city at the top of the Oslo Fjord also has very spectacular architectural masterpieces and world-famous museums. The advantages of the trip are that it can be reached quickly by low-cost plane, the main sights can be visited on a long weekend, and the islands around the Oslo Fjord can be explored by boat and ferry. Let us introduce you Oslo’s main attractions.
Akershus Festning is a medieval castle built in 1299 and then converted into a royal residence in the 17th century. It is located on a hill overlooking the Oslo Fjord and offers wonderful views of the harbor from its walls. The castle also houses the Norwegian Resistance Museum and the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum.
Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Sculpture Park is one of Oslo’s most popular tourist attractions. A total of 650 sculptures are arranged in five thematic groups and are made of bronze, granite and wrought iron. The most famous is the fountain group, which symbolizes the cycle of life. You can find it in the sculpture park and Frogner Park, where you can see a huge rose garden and Norway’s largest playground.
Oslo’s Opera House is located right at the harbor. This building is considered to be one of the most iconic buildings in Scandinavia with its angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round.
Bygdøy Peninsula and its museums
The peninsula is a suburb west of Oslo and is significant, because it is home to many tourist attractions, such as museums, but also beaches and various leisure activities. The Bygdoy Peninsula is also easily accessible by public transport.
One of the most famous museums on the Bygdoy Peninsula and also in Oslo is the Fram Museum, which showcases Norwegian polar expeditions. Here is the ship Fram and Gjoa, notable for being the first to cross the Northwest Passage.
For those interested in history and sailing, the Norwegian Maritime Museum (Norsk Maritimt) is recommended. The popular museum showcases the role of fishing and maritime activities in Norwegian life.
The Viking Ship Museum is the largest Viking-themed museum in Norway. Here you will find a very rare, perfectly preserved Viking helmet, and three surviving Viking ships from the 9th century. In its best condition, the 21-meter Oseberg ship has survived, which was used for the funeral of the wife of a contemporary archbishop. The ship is the largest pre-Christian artefact in Scandinavia. Gokstad and the Tune boat are also impressive, 23 meters. In addition to memories of Viking culture, the museum also features a number of objects from different parts of the world, such as Egyptian mummies and various gold coins.
The Norwegian Royal Palace is located at a high point in the city. Built in 1825, the 173-room building already dominates the exterior. The luxurious palace is open to visitors, and you can sign up for guided tours of the palace’s significant rooms. In its garden, you are free to roam all year round and watch the change of the guards. The south part of the palace is the famous Norwegian Nobel Institute, notable for awarding the Nobel Peace Prizes.
Built around a former abandoned shipyard, Aker Brygge is a popular tourist destination. Today, it is also the heart and soul of Oslo, full of life day and night. It presents the stunning natural beauties of Norway, with a wonderful combination of elements of new and old architecture. It is clearly visible everywhere. It is visited by 12 million people a year as it has a great seafront promenade where you can find not only shopping opportunities but also cosy cafes and restaurants.
Norway is the home of winter sports. The Oslo Ski Jump and the observation deck of the jump tower can also be visited as part of a guided tour. The world’s oldest Ski Museum was opened in 1923. It is famous for its oldest ski finds, skis from 600, but 8-12 pieces from the 16th century can also be found. They also show skis with different functions (mountain, fast ski) and also the longest skis. The Hall of Fame features some of Norway’s most famous skiers, but you can also find an interactive exhibition on modern-day skiing and the expedition of the famous Arctic researcher, scientist, and statesman, Fridtjof Nansen.
+ 1 Munch Museum
In October 2021, a brand new museum will be opened in Oslo to represent the world’s largest collection of art by Edvard Munch. You probably heard about his iconic masterpiece: The Scream. It has been named “the second most known picture in art history”, after Mona Lisa. Besides this well-known picture, you can get a better insight into the work and life of Munch in this museum.
The building has 13 floors that give space not only for galleries but also concerts, performances, film and art talks, workshops and a nice restaurant at the top of the building, a pleasant café at ground level and a bar with a roof terrace. Munch Museum will give you the opportunity to have an unconventional and exciting museum experience.
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