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Trip to Oslo, Capital of Norway

February 6, 2011

Hello everyone!

I have returned from my trip to Oslo. It was a lot of fun! We left for the train station yesterday at 4:30 AM, and we got to Oslo around 7:30. Upon arriving at Oslo Sentralstasjon (Central Station), we ate the breakfast we packed from home and purchased our 24 hour bus/tram passes. After killing some time in a kiosk (in Norwegian, a kiosk refers to a convenience store), our bus came and took us to the Viking Ship Museum. Unfortunately, the museum didn’t open for another hour, so we took a walk around the neighborhood towards the water (Oslo is on a channel in the North Sea). When the museum finally did open, we got to see preserved viking ships (built around 800 AD). Not many viking artifacts are preserved to this day, but most of those that remain are in this particular museum. It was amazing to see such an old part of world history. There is a Citi Card commercial that features the museum’s ships. It was memorable to see this vessels in person.

Citi Card Commercial:

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After the museum, we hopped back on the bus to visit the famous Vigeland (Frogner) sculpture park. An excerpt from vigeland.museum.no:

The Vigeland Park is the largest sculpture park made by one single artist in the world, and is open to visitors all year.
The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architechtural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949

The park is beautiful, but I want to go back in the spring when the trees have sprouted leaves and the grass is green. Vigeland sought to depict every stage of life in his sculptures, and a walk through the park proves that he accomplished his goal. After seeing the sculptures, we took a lunch break and rested our feet.

Finally, we wrapped up the day by heading to the city’s center or sentrum. We shopped along Karl Johans Gate, the chic, shopping district of the city, and we ate a late lunch/early supper at the only restaurant we could afford…McDonald’s. I paid 39 NOK for a cheeseburger Happy Meal. That’s a mere $6.77, but that’s quite the affordable meal when you’re in the most expensive city in the world. As of December 2010, PriceRunner ranked Oslo as the priciest place to live on the entire planet. This seems very plausible to me, although the cost of food and clothes in Oslo did not seem much different than the cost of goods here in Bø. But I digress, McDonald’s was a nice reminder of home, and tasted about the same as its American counterpart (although I think the hamburger meat in Norway has less filler).

On our walk through the city center, we got to see the Royal Palace (complete with guards that don’t move or talk), Parliament, the Grand Hotel, the University of Oslo, the National Theater, and others. Here is a photo slideshow of some photos I took in Oslo. Below the slideshow are two videos that I wanted to share.

All in all, it was a great day trip. We were all extremely tired by the end of the day, but it was well worth it! In about two weeks, I will be in Oslo again…but this time it will be to catch my flight to Bruxelles!

Video tour of The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

Changing of the Guards at the Norwegian Royal Palace (Slottet)

Lisa 

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Sharon permalink
    February 6, 2011 4:42 pm

    I had totally forgotten about that commercial!! haha 🙂 thanks for that.

    It really was such an awesome day! I’m excited to see what kind of adventures we have in BELGIUM!!

  2. Mom permalink
    February 6, 2011 5:10 pm

    Looks like you had great day! I enjoyed the sculpture garden. Thanks for the history on that. And speaking of history, how cool was it to see something as old as the Viking ship! And yes, you’ll have to go back. Bet it’s really lovely in the spring.

  3. Maja permalink
    February 8, 2011 11:02 am

    your photos are so good!!!!! glad you had a great time in Oslo!

  4. Kendal DeGreef permalink
    February 8, 2011 9:40 pm

    I absolutely loved Oslo when I visited! fun that you got the see the “big city”. haha

    • February 15, 2011 9:26 pm

      Yeah, it’s a pretty cool city! I’m also excited to see other, larger European cities.

  5. mads permalink
    February 10, 2011 2:45 am

    your narrative reminds me of my greatest vacation in Oslo and surrounds back in 2007, only it was in late summer- Aug and september.

    The natives are beautiful and friendly, and I did not have a hard time talking to them in English of course.
    Let’s go !!

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