Oslo

A majestic lion guarding the Storting (Parliament of Norway) building

A majestic lion guarding the Storting (Parliament of Norway) building

Dates visited: August 16, 2012 – August 19, 2012

When I look back on my Oslo itinerary, I think we covered a lot of attractions in the limited time we had in the city. Some of the usual suspects were the Vikingskiphuset (Viking Ship Museum) that has three 1100-year old Viking ships, Frammuseet (Fram Museum) that houses Fram, the famous Norwegian ship used on multiple polar expeditions, Nobels Fredssenter (Nobel Peace Center) that presents all the Noble Peace Prize laureates and their work, Kon-Tiki Museet (Kon-Tiki Museum) that displays the Kon-Tiki raft used by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, and Stortingsbygningen (Parliament of Norway Building) that has one of the most majestic sculpture of a lion in the front.

However, the following attractions deserve a mention since they made quite an impression on me.

  • Nationalgalleriet (National Gallery)—there are many famous paintings in here, but I came here to see Edvard Munch’s The Scream. It’s hung behind a layer of protective glass and no pictures are allowed to be taken. Thus, you can admire and appreciate it unlike the experience in front of the Mona Lisa (at The Louvre) where tourists scream and pose for a picture with her.
  • Oslo Rådhus (Oslo City Hall)—this is where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year on December 10 (anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death). It felt humbling to be standing in the same hall where all the Nobel Peace Prize laureates have walked and accepted their medals.
  • Frognerparken (Frogner Park)—home to the world famous Vigelandsanlegget (Vigeland installation), a permanent sculpture installation created by the Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. I’d never heard of Vigeland before but after seeing his sculptures, I became a huge fan; his sculptures are of nude men, women and children with fulsome, yet realistic bodies and represent ideas as simple as “Man standing behind Woman” to as complex as “The Wheel of Life”. According to Wiki, he also designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal.

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