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Board your motorcoach for a scenic drive through beautiful Oslo en route to Holmenkollen, the site of the 1952 Olympic ski-jumping competition. Perched high above Oslo, and host to the 2011 Ski Jump Championship competition, a photo opportunity in the area is a wonderful way to capture a piece of sport's history.
Continue your drive through beautiful Oslo, passing such national landmarks as the Parliament building with its two imposing lion statues at its main entrance, the National Theater and the magnificent Royal Palace, official residence of the present Norwegian Monarch. Your tour will take you out of the city through charming suburban areas where wood homes are set within manicured gardens.
A guided walk through the extraordinary Vigeland Sculpture Park, the largest sculpture park in the world created by one single artist, is invigorating and inspiring. The park covers eighty acres and was designed by renowned Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland who created the over 200 iron and bronze statues. The sculptures artistically depict a complete human lifecycle from birth to death and are displayed in five different areas throughout the park. After your guided walk, you may explore the park independently. The gardens are vast and Vigeland also designed the impressive lawns and straight avenues flanked by maple trees perfect for strolling.
Your next stop is the unique Viking Ship Museum, built in 1927 and designed by Arnstein Arneberg, one of the best-known Norwegian architects. This impressive museum houses three enormous Viking ships and a host of artifacts and treasures found in royal burial mounds in the Oslo fjord. The three Viking ships, Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune are exquisitely preserved and artifacts rarely recovered from the Viking age, are on exhibit. Much of our knowledge daily life in the Viking Age comes from these archaeological finds. The museum also has a gift shop with an extensive inventory of books and souvenirs.
At the conclusion of your tour, you may choose to remain in Oslo for independent sightseeing or shopping. You are then responsible for your own return transportation to the ship.