Further afield – Oslo

Probably the most expensive place I’ve ever been to, but also home to some of the best museums, mainly focused on the spirit of exploration.

Opera House
One of my favourite pieces of modern architecture though you’d need sunglasses to on a sunny day to protect yourself from the dazzling whiteness of the exterior. Beautifully interactive and engaging, welcoming you to walk all over the roof, enjoying the views of Oslo’s waterfront.
DSC_0601 DSC_0604 DSC_0616 DSC_0617 DSC_0610 DSC_0621 DSC_0624

Viking Ship Museum
The first of three brilliant museums on Bygdoy Island. I’ve visited them twice, 20 years apart, finding seemingly no change but would be hard to improve on them. The Viking Ship Museum is home to the best persevered Viking longships, housed in a simple but effective cross-shaped white building.
DSC_0489 Viking Ship Museum DSC_0508 DSC_0492

Fram Museum
Fascinating history, and the actual ship, used by the famous Norwegian polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen in the Arctic and Antarctica.
DSC_0510 Fram Museum DSC_0560 DSC_0561

Kon-Tiki Museum
Thor Heyerdahl was quite a character. His theories on Polynesia being populated from South America rather than Asia have been disproved, but this doesn’t take away from the sense of adventure and bravery of building reed rafts, and despite having almost no sailing experience, venturing in them across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
DSC_0527 DSC_0552 DSC_0544

Norwegian Folk Museum
Not quite the equal of Stockholm’s Skansen but pretty close, with buildings gathered from around Norway.
DSC_0435 DSC_0432 DSC_0430 DSC_0453 DSC_0485 DSC_0473

Oslo City Hall (Radhus)
A striking piece of mid twentieth century architecture, which hosts the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.
DSC_0571 Radhus DSC_0573 DSC_0576 DSC_0582

Plenty of interesting buildings to enjoy while wandering around town.
DSC_0644 DSC_0643 Stortinget Parliament DSC_0642 DSC_0639 DSC_0634 DSC_0585 Oslo University DSC_0588 DSC_0583 National Theatre

Author: jontycrane

3 thoughts on “Further afield – Oslo

  1. I went to Oslo too in May! It was very expensive indeed but I enjoyed the city so much, especially the Opera House and the Vigelandparken. Beautiful pictures by the way!

Leave a Reply