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Oslo has been the Norwegian capital for more than 1000 years and is known to boast of a stunning setting which allows it to entertain and captivate tourists with its breathtaking natural beauty and visual delights. The rich Viking heritage of Oslo also makes it one of the most enchanting places on the planet as it consists of a number of attractions such as the Viking Ship Museum, Holmenkollen and the Vigeland Sculpture Park that offer great insights into Viking folklore and history.
The city was founded around the year 1048 and has been home to the Kings of Norway over the years. As a result, its city centre embodies the beauty and elegance of yesteryears and is known to consist of classical vistas, beautiful architectural delights and wide streets that remind visitors of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Apart from the mesmerizing natural beauty that Oslo has been blessed with, it is also famous for its magnificent museums that cover a stimulating range of topics. The Munch Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum, Resistance Museum and the Vikings Ship Museum offer tourists with more than enough to keep them busy for days. However, those looking for something different can also entertain themselves at the various cafes, shopping arcades, street festivals, rapidly growing nightclubs and bars, entertainment activities and delightful restaurants that Oslo has to offer.
Ask any local and they would tell you that the best experiences of the city can be found when you actually leave the cosmopolitan delights and the city life behind. There are a range of activities such as skiing, sailing, ice skating, cycling, hiking and kayaking that can be found within short distances from the city and it is in these activities that Oslo reveals its true beauty.
The best time to visit Oslo is in the summer months, a period when virtually the entire population of the city is known to live outdoors. The winter months are equally popular as well because the surrounding hills make Oslo a prime ski destination in the world.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Vigeland Park
|What is it? Vigeland Park is the city's most visited
attraction, a vast green area of duck ponds, trees and lawns that
is a monument to the celebrated Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland,
who spent 40 years creating the life-size statues that decorate the
walkways and open spaces. There are more than 200 works presenting
the human form in a variety of poses and conveying a range of
emotions. At the centre of the park is the most impressive piece,
the Monolith, a gigantic mass of writhing bodies carved from a
single column of stone, and believed to be the largest granite
sculpture in the world at a height of 46ft (14m). Surrounding the
column are groups of human sculptures in various forms of
interaction with each other. The most famous and most photographed
piece is the Angry Boy, a fat child stamping his foot. There are
many more sculptures to be seen in the park and in the nearby
Vigeland Museum, featuring a display on the development of the
artist's work and his sketches and plaster
Hours of Operation: The park is always open. The museum is open from
Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 4pm (September to May), and from Tuesday
to Sunday from 11am to 5pm (June to August)
|2. The Kon-Tiki Museum
Bygdøynesveien 36, Bygdøy
|What is it? Situated on the Bygdøy Peninsula,
the Kon-Tiki Museum contains the renowned balsawood raft, the
Kon-Tiki, on which Thor Heyerdahl made his
famous journey across the Pacific in 1947 to prove the theory that
the first Polynesian settlers could have sailed the 4,300 miles
(6,923km) between Peru and Polynesia. The museum also contains the
original reed raft, Ra II, on which Heyerdahl
sailed across the Atlantic in 1970. Besides the rafts there is a
huge stuffed whale shark, artefacts from his expeditions and
exhibits from his visits to Easter Island, and an intriguing
collection of archaeological finds from Easter Island, Galapagos,
East Polynesia and Peru.
Hours of Operation: Daily except public holidays 9am to 5.30pm (June to
August), 10.30am to 4pm (January to March), 10am to 5pm (April to
May and September to October)
|3. The Viking Ships Museum
Huk Aveny 35, Bygdøy Peninsula
|What is it? Situated on the Bygdøy Peninsula, the Viking
Ship Museum houses three 9th-century Viking ships that were
excavated from ritual burial mounds in the south of Norway. Their
excellent condition is due to the clay in which they were embalmed.
Viking ships were used as tombs for royalty who were buried with
everything they might have need of in their life after death. The
biggest and best preserved of the ships is the Gokstad, and the
finest is the Oseberg, a richly ornamented dragon ship with an
intricately carved animal head post, that was the burial chamber of
a Viking queen. The elegantly carved sleigh used by the Viking
royalty, and a hoard of treasure was found on the buried ship and
is displayed at the back of the museum. Raised platforms allow
visitors to view the inside of the ship's
Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 6pm (May to September), 11am to 4pm
(October to April)
holidays - Top Events
|1. Norwegian Wood Festival
|What is it? The festival is one of the highlights on the
country's musical calendar attracting many of the world's top
artists as well as plenty of local Scandinavian
Where is it? Frognerbadet