A July 2000 trip
to Oslo by neworleanstraveler
Quote: Oslo can be a visitors dream. With mild to cool weather and a myriad of visual delights....Oslo is the perfect place to enjoy a Scandinavian summer.
- Holmenkollen Ski Jump
- Norwegian Resistance Museum
- Karl Johans Gate (main shopping and strolling street)
- The changing of the guard at the Royal Palace
- The nautical museums on Bygdoy (Kon-Tiki, Polarship Fram and the Viking Ship Museum)
- The Aker Brygge (Oslo Harborfront)
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000
The Noble House
Hotel | "Scandic Hotel Byporten"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2000
Restaurant | "Engebret Cafe"
Oslo, Norway 0151
+47 22 82 25 25
Attraction | "Karl Johans Gate (shopping and strolling street)"
Dining options also abound on the street. You will have the obligatory McDonalds to select from, but I would suggest other dining fares. I suggest for moderately priced food Mama Rosa's and 3 Brodres. Both were very value conscious and the food was a step above fast food fare.
Another fun thing about Karl Johan's Gate is the abundance of street performance artists that make it their summer home. They dance, sing, juggle....breath fire and mystify the crowd for hours on end.
Karl Johan's Gate is a definite treat in the middle of Oslo!
Karl Johans Gate
Karl Johans Gate between Drammensveien and Nedre Slottsgate
Oslo, Norway 0155
Attraction | "Bygdoy Museums (Kon-Tiki Museum)"
Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl built the balsa raft in 1947 with the help of other scientists and sailed it from Peru to Polynesia (about 4300 miles). In addition, he also headed other expeditions in similar vessels across the Atlantic.
The museum, directly across from the Polarship Fram and the Norwegian Folk Museum, is a recommended site for those familiar with the history of Heyerdahl and his voyages. The exhibits are well presented and the video makes good use of archival footage and interviews. The museum's central exhibit focuses on the original papyrus Ra II ship that Heyerdahl crossed the Atlantic with in 1970. It is very impressive, both in size and scope.
I must admit that my fellow travel companions were impressed, but not as enthusiastic about the museum as was I. But...they indulged me since I read the book Kon-Tiki in the 7th Grade.
I think the historical highlight of a trip to Oslo is a visit to the Bygdoy Peninsula and its three maritime related museums. To get to the Bygdoy Peninsula you can take a bus from the National Theater, but the most leisurely and scenic route is by ferry from the harbor front across from the city hall. These summer only ferries are very inexpensive (about 20 NOK = 3 USD one way) and run very frequently. The ferry also gives you a breathtaking view of the harbor and the city.
Oslo, Norway 0286
+47 23 08 67 67
Attraction | "Holmenkollen Olympic Ski Jump and Museum"
Holmenkollen is perhaps the best place to get a striking panoramic view of the city of Oslo and the surrounding fjord. On a clear day the sight is breathtaking.
At the ski jump area you are permitted to tour the facility and ski jump tower along with the chance to experience ski jumping (through the use of virtual reality). For an additional fee, you can visit the skimuset (Ski Museum) with exhibits that concern skiing, Olympic, equipment, and athlete histories.
I thought that the most interesting aspect of Holmenkollen was its unique use when not ski season. The landing area at the base of the jump is filled with water, a stage is placed near and it is used for open air concerts and recitals.
Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower
Oslo, Norway 0787
22 92 32 00
Attraction | "Bygdoy Museums (Viking Ships Museum)"
The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingshiphuset) is a marvel of ancient maritime history. Inside are three fine examples of authentic Viking ships found near the Oslo area. Dating from the 9th century, these ships are remarkably preserved and tell a great story. Along with the three ships are other artifacts salvaged from the Viking times. All exhibits have English translations which are very helpful. Upstairs is a timeline of Viking history and photo essays. I suggest that you get to the Museum before it opens, since many tour buses stop each day. It will get very crowded...very quickly, because the museum is rather small...Plan ahead. Photos are allowed inside the museum!
Admission is approx. 30 NOK = 4 USD for adults. Enjoy!!