Sunday, June 30, 2013

One last Oslo post

Here are the remainder of images/posts I wanted to share with you - 

Oslo Pass

For the next 48 hours going to see as much of Oslo as humanly possible. Oslo is the Viking capital, Oslo is Edward Munch and Henrik Ibsen, Oslo is where the Nobel Prize is awarded, and Oslo is home to the Norwegian National Opera. Have seen the Opera House looking forward to seeing more.

Oslo Radhus

Oslo City Hall opened in 1950. Decorated with motifs from Norwegian history and cultures. Today the city's political and administrative leadership is still based here. On the 10th of December each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded here. The roof of the Eastern tower has a 49 - bell carillon which plays every hour. We could hear the sound from our hotel.

A nice spot for a late lunch ... City Hall ...

Norsk Naritimit Museum

After the Fram Museum we walked across to the Norwegian Maritime Museum which gives one insight to Norway as a coastal and maritime nation. The exhibition "Skipet/The Ship" shows more than 2000 years of development from Norway's oldest craft to Orcelle, the ship of the future. I really enjoyed the film of different seaside cities and towns and maritime industries. So visually spectacular. A must see for all visitors.

Still on my Oslo Pass

Having done the Opera House, City Hall, the Fram Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, I'm ready for a short stroll down the hill to the Museum of Cultural History.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Did you know

Did you know? That Oslo is one of the oldest capitals in Europe? It is believed to have been originally settled in Viking times. Excavations have exposed the remains of a settlement from around 1000AD. The Viking settlement was located in Bjorvika where the Opera House stands today.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Vikingskipshuset - The Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo has on display the best preserved Viking Ships ever found. These ships were found in three royal burial minds by the Oslo Fjord.

The ships were buried more than 1100 years ago to carry their royal owners to 'the other side'.

The Fram - with its unique design, is the most famous ship in polar history, known for its amazing expeditions to both the North and South Poles. You are able to step aboard and see how the crew (with their dogs) endured years of sailing through storms, treacherous waters and the freeeeeezing cold. Amazing insight into the life of these sailors and scientists. A must see if you're ever in Oslo. 

The Vikingskipshuet (The Viking Ship Museum) also has on display unique finds from Oseberg and Gokstad, sledges, textiles, kitchen utensils and the only carriage form the Viking age ever to be found. 

Thor Heyerdahl (1914 - 2000) gain worldwide recognition when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on this, the Balsaraft Kon-Tiki in 1947. The film about his expedition won an Oscar in 1951. It's screened at the museum at noon everyday. But as I am trying to do at least three museums a day, I think I will have to hire it.

The Balsaraft Kon Tiki 1947 - I have got myself an Oslo Pass for the next 48 hours. I'm planning on doing at least three museums a day in our last couple of days in downtown Oslo. This is not the best photo but here is they original Kon-Tiki.

The Frammuseeet (The Polar Ship Museum) - at the Fram you can journey to the North and South Pole. Amazing stories from the Arctic and Antarctica. To be sitting on the Fram surrounded by Northern Lights show, how incredible it would be to see in real life. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lunch in Vigeland Park

It was a magnificant summer afternoon in Oslo to be out and about. Caught first subway, heading to Sculpture Park with a packed lunch. Locals all out enjoying a summer's day throwing a frizzbie, riding bikes, kicking a ball, sunbaking, or just lazing in the sun.

Some images from Sculpture Park -

Evening in downtown Olso

It's about 9:30pm and we were walking back from dinner when we saw this rainbow in the sky. The light is it was amazing.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The view at night

Time to retire for the evening. Hoping to do Sculpture Park tomorrow.