Top 5 Things to do in Oslo

Being bored in Oslo is not an option. It’s a fantastic city just to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. Then there’s all the attractions and activities: The Munch Museum, The Ibsen Museum, The Oslo City Museum, The Opera House, The Nobel Peace Centre, Norway’s Resistance Museum and so, so much more (www.VisitOslo.com).

But if you only have a short time to explore, here are Project Travel’s top 5 tips  on what not to miss when visiting Oslo.

Fram Museum

This small wooden ship belies its importance in the history of polar exploration. Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen took turns in exploring new areas in both the Arctic and Antarctic on this amazing ship. Today the Fram Museum contains exhibitions of the most famous voyages of global historical significance. The centrepiece of the museum is of course the world´s strongest wooden ship, the polar ship Fram. The public can go on board and take a look around in her cabins, lounges, cargo hold and engine room.  (www.frammuseum.no)

Kon-Tiki II

Thor Heyerdahl is one of history’s most famous explorers. In 1947 he crossed the Pacific Ocean on the balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki. This was his first expedition to be captured on film, and was later awarded Academy Award for best documentary in 1951. He later completed similar achievements with the reed boats Ra, Ra II and Tigris, through which he championed his deep involvement for both the environment and world peace.

He was also responsible for important archaeological excavations on the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and in Túcume. The Kon-Tiki Museum exhibits objects from Heyerdahl’s world famous expeditions, the original Kon-Tiki raft, and the papyrus boat Ra II. (www.kon-tiki.no)

Vigeland Sculpture Park

This unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. The bronze statue of the little Angry Boy (Sinnataggen in Norwegian) is among the most famous sculptures, along with the Monolith (Monolitten) and the Wheel of Life (Livshjulet).

Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park – a monumental artistic creation with a human message that is well worth seeing.  The park is open all year at all times and is a popular recreation area.  (www.vigeland.museum.no)

Norwegian Folk Museum

This is one of the world’s oldest and largest open-air museums, with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway and a stave church from the year 1200. The museum also has indoor exhibits with traditional handicraft items, folk costumes, Sami culture, weapons, toys, pharmaceutical history and changing exhibitions.  In summer the open-air museum offers freshly-baked lefse, horse and carriage rides, feeding of the animals, guided tours, handicraft demonstrations and much more. (www.norskfolkemuseum.no)

Free Oslo Tour

These  90-minute walking tours in English with community tourist guides who show you the main sights in the city centre are ideal for those only staying a short while in Oslo. The tours are free, but you are encouraged to tip the tour guide at the end of your tour. The tours start at 10 am at the tiger statue outside Central Station every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with additional tours at 4pm every Saturday. Tours run with a minimum of 4 guests. (www.freetouroslo.com)

For more information on things to do and places to visit in Oslo, check out www.visitoslo.com. Then give Project Travel a call on 01 – 210 8391 to arrange your holiday in Norway from Ireland.

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