Scandinavia 2017 (part VI): Oslo

Oslo, Norway:

Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House

We reached Oslo in the late evening after the wonderful Norway in a Nutshell Tour.

In the following two days, we explored Norway’s capital and some of its museums, churches, and palaces. One of Norway’s most famous artist is Edvard Munch and we started our tour at the museum dedicated to his work. From there, we ventured into the city centre with the beautiful Oslo Cathedral and the impressive Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle from which Oslo was once controlled. In the afternoon, we visited the National Gallery, which exhibits a series of impressive masterpieces including Munch’s most famous painting, the ‘Scream’. We finished our walk at the Royal Palace before heading for dinner. On the following day, we took a short boat tour to the Bygdøy Peninsula where you can find a whole series of interesting museums. In my opinion, a must-see for every visitor coming to Oslo is the Fram Museum dedicated to the famous polar exploration vessel Fram, which has been used in expeditions by Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, and Roald Amundsen. Close-by is the Kon-Tiki Museum which features the balsa wood raft used by Thor Heyerdahl during his journey from Peru to Polynesia in 1947. Even older vessels can be seen in the Viking Ship Museum exhibiting the best-preserved boats of the Viking Era in the world. The Norsk Folkemuseum includes a series of buildings from different time intervals in Norway’s history – a good way to imagine how people lived throughout the centuries. Our second day came to a close at the most recent architectural masterpiece of Oslo: the opera house at the harbour front with its modern design resembling a floating iceberg.

Eventually our holiday came to an end and we returned home to Germany via the MS Color Fantasy, an overnight ferry to Kiel.

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