Our 4 day whirlwind tour of Norway started off with an extremely cheap Ryanair flight to Oslo, where we caught the airport shuttle to the bus station and walked the .8 miles the rest of the way to our hotel. Due to a late night getting in, we didn’t get the earliest start on Thursday morning, but enjoyed the breakfast feast at the hotel (even ate fish for breakfast for the first time!) and headed to the docks to catch the Bygdøyfergene boat to the Viking ship museum. Its a beautiful harbor cruise that lets you see the skyline from the water, and is a convenient way to visit the museums.
If you have any interest in Viking history, this Viking Ship museum is fascinating. Three full sized burial ships were found preserved in clay and were excavated and put in the museum with lots of artifacts. It is amazing that the intricate carvings on the boats are still in tact, and that so many things were recovered. Unfortunately, due to the preservation methods used when the ships were found, they are currently rotting from the inside out, and may not be around much longer. (Ironic, since for hundreds of years they remained in perfect condition in the clay underground).
(Expect to spend an hour or two here, there is enough to keep you occupied for that long, and an audio guide that you can get for free by scanning QR codes!) Adults entry is 80 NOK.
Afterward, we headed to the nearby Norsk Folk Museum, an outdoor collection of buildings from all over the area that were transported and re built there. It was interesting to learn a bit about the history (although there isn’t a whole lot of information with all of the buildings, which was a bit disappointing) while seeing lots of cool old buildings and wandering around outside. The highlight is a beautiful stave church. We learned the reasoning behind Norway’s high alcohol prices (to lower the rates of alcoholism) and about life on a farm or small town. There are exhibits in some of the buildings showcasing Norwegian interior design as well.
You could easily spend an entire afternoon here, but we only had a few hours. Adult entry: 120 NOK, Children over 6: 40. There are also family discounts.
This was a great morning in Oslo, and I would highly recommend both of these activities for adults and children.
Have you been to Oslo or do you want to go? If so what did you like best or what are you looking forward to most?