Oslo, Norway is located at the head of the Oslo Fjord. And in a country famous for its fjords, the name is slightly confusing as technically speaking, the Oslo Fjord is actually a bay.
But that is where the confusion ends! Oslo has much to offer to any traveler willing to brave one of Europe’s most northern countries.
1. The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is the official home of the King and Queen of Norway and is one of the most famous buildings in Norway. The Palace is open to the public every summer and guided tours happen every 20 minutes and last about an hour. The Royal Palace was completely refurbished in 1999 and the tour takes in many of the most impressive rooms in the Palace, including the Council Chamber, the distinctive Bird Room and the splendid Great Hall (also known as the Ballroom).
2. The Ibsen Museum
The Ibsen Museum is located close to the Royal Palace and is worth popping into if you are at a loose end after your Palace tour. The Museum is the last home of the famous playwright Henrik Johan Ibsen, who is widely regarded as the “father of Modern Drama.” The Museum is divided into two major parts, one featuring Ibsen’s life and works and the other featuring a very authentic recreation of the playwright’s living quarters.
3. Vigeland Sculpture Park
The Vigeland Sculpture Park is located just outside the city centre in Frogner Park and is the home of 212 bronze and granite sculptures. The famous Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland created all of the works featured in the park and the remarkable contribution came about after Vigeland promised to donate all his artworks to the city in exchange for a studio. The most famous sculpture is The Monolith and is well worth a look. The Children’s Playground, the Bridge and the Main Gate are just some of the other sculptures that are worth seeing if you are in the neighborhood.
4. The Viking Ship Museum
The Viking Ship Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History. The Museum houses the chief prehistoric and medieval archaeological collections in Norway including the Classical Antiquities Collection, the Ethnographic Collection and the wonderful Egyptian Mummies Collection. However, the most popular collection by far is the Viking Ship Museum. You can wander through the Museum and view the magnificent Oseberg Ship, the focal point of the Museum. It is recommended that you visit the public gallery that is located above the Oseberg Ship for a unique vantage point.
5. The Adventure Parxs Theme Park
The Adventure Parxs is located only 10 minutes from Oslo city centre. It is a fun day out for anyone who wants to experience a very different kind of city break. The Adventure Parxs offers events as diverse as camping to paintball. It is becoming quite popular with stag parties and the Park promises any daring adventurer a very enjoyable break from the usual holiday fare.
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