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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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Oslo holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Vigeland Park
Kirkeveien
www.museumsnett.no/vigelandmuseet
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 originals. 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) Phone:2349 3700

 

 

2. The Kon-Tiki Museum
Bygdøynesveien 36, Bygdøy Peninsula
www.kon-tiki.no
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) Phone:2308 6767

 

 

3. The Viking Ships Museum
Huk Aveny 35, Bygdøy Peninsula
www.khm.uio.no/english/viking_ship_museum
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 hulls. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 6pm (May to September), 11am to 4pm (October to April) Phone:2213 5280

 

 


Oslo holidays - Top Events

 

1. Norwegian Wood Festival

From 2007-06-14

To 2007-06-17
 

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 bands. Where is it? Frognerbadet

 

 



 

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