Vigeland Sculpture, Museums & Ski Jump
OSL-100 | Oslo, Norway |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Vigeland Sculpture Park
- Holmenkollen Ski Jump
- Viking Ship Museum
- Fram Museum
You will see:
- City Hall
- Akershus Castle
Approx. 8 hours
Board your motorcoach and drive past imposing Akershus Castle and City Hall. Dedicated in 1950 to commemorate Oslo's 900-year anniversary, the redbrick Radhus is the city's most familiar landmark. Your route travels past Parliament and heads down Karl Johansgaten, one of Oslo's two main boulevards. See the National Theatre, the University and the Royal Palace. Continue through residential districts with their colorful wooden houses to the Bygdřy Peninsula. The Peninsula is home to a number of Oslo's major attractions.
Your first destination is the Viking Ship Museum, home to three Viking long boats uncovered during 19th and early 20th century excavations. The 9th century Oseberg ship and 10th century Goksted Ship are whole, uncovered in Viking burial mounds. The Tune Ship, which also dates to the 10th century, is a fragment. In addition to the superbly crafted, clinker-built ships, the museum displays sleds, jewelry and other artifacts found on board the vessels.
Continue to the Fram Museum. Dedicated to Norway's great polar explorers, the museum houses the three-mast schooner built for Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdup and Roald Amundsen's expeditions to the North and South Poles. In fact, Fram has the distinction of sailing further north and further south than any other wooden hulled ship. Her last polar expedition was Amundsen's successful race to the South Pole in 1911. Tour the vessel, which still features its original interior.
Next up is the Norwegian Folk Museum. Founded in 1894, this open-air museum boasts over 150 historic buildings collected from around Norway. The buildings include the 13th century Gol Stave Church and the 14th century Rauland Cabin. The Museum also boasts an extensive photo archive as well as a collection of Sami or Lapp artifacts, art objects and clothing.
Board your motorcoach and drive to Holmenkollen. Perched high above Oslo, Holmenkollen is the birthplace of ski jumping - the first ski jump was built here in 1892. Holmenkollen was the site of the 1952 Olympic ski jumping competition. The 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski championships were held at Holmenkollen National Arena. A nearby restaurant is the setting for a traditional Norwegian buffet featuring seafood, hot and cold dishes and salad accompanied by coffee, tea or mineral water.
Following lunch, drive to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Once a source of controversy, the park is now regarded as one of Oslo's favorite attractions. Your guided walk visits the stone, iron and bronze sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, Vigeland created 200 hundred sculptures arranged over an area of almost 80 acres. A 55-foot granite monolith carved with 121 figures forms the park's centerpiece.
Your tour ends at Oslo's Stortorget, the city's central square. Enjoy approximately 45 minutes of free time to browse for art, crafts, gifts, and souvenirs. Shuttles are available during this period for the return to ship.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat and light jacket or windbreaker.
Flash photography is not allowed inside the buildings at the Norwegian Open-Air Folk Museum.
12 & under reduced