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Top 5 Things to Do in Oslo, Norway

Monday, October 5th, 2009

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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Venere Travel Blog writer grace a.

Grace lives in India. She loves to travel, not as a tourist, but to soak in the secrets of the nooks and crannies of this amazing planet. She also loves words, expressed through the medium of writing. She firmly believes that a well crafted piece of writing can accomplish ANYTHING!

2 responses to “Top 5 Things to Do in Oslo, Norway”

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  1. Renny Amundsen says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 21:43

    Dear Grace, you know I love to read about your travel adventures and endorsement – this one in particular, since I live in Oslo and post a lot about it on my blog. Therefore, it’s interesting to see things through your eyes and in your perspective.

    Like you said, Oslo has a lot to offer and your 5 pick is excellent!

    I had a Singaporean visitor who had red my post about the fish marked and wanted to see by himself. I guided him around and you may read my pick here.

    Talking about visiting Oslo; I am planning for a Blog Gathering in Oslo the second week of August next year. Maybe you would like to join us?

  2. Marion Cerrato says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 09:52

    Hi there! I visited Oslo in July and think that Vigeland Park is far away the most interesting attraction in Oslo! I’d also recommend a visit to the Nobel Peace Center and, if you have the Oslo Card, taking a free walking tour of the city center (the tour guide was very friendly and had a lot of stories about Oslo to tell). A cruise along the Oslo Fjord is also a must-do. And if you are travelling on a budget, there are plenty of free nice things to do and see in Oslo such as the National Gallery (featuring the famous Scream by Munch) and guided tours of the Akershus Fortress. Jeg elsker Oslo! :-D

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