The Capital of Norway, Oslo, is the most populous city in Norway. We have been to Oslo several times and always found it to be a beautiful and elegant city without the rush of the big metropolis.
Modern buildings were built next to historic ones blending the modernism with the classical. Founded at the beginning of the second millennia had many names like Christiania or Kristiania until 1925 when its original name Oslo was reinstated.
Oslo is the economic and cultural center of Norway and a hub of banking, shipping, industry and trade. It was ranked # 1 in terms of quality of life among European large cities. For years it has been a center for shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance companies.
The Royal Palace in Oslo the Capital of Norway
Virtual tour of the Capital of Norway and its top attractions.
The Royal Palace
In Norwegian, Det Kongelige Slott is the official residence of the King Harald V. There are guided tours in English and many languages. The tours are offered from mid June to mid August and are difficult to obtain. Do the reservation with enough time even if you have to contact your Norway Tourist Office. On the premises of the castle is located Slottsparken, a nice public park free to the public. The changing of the guard happens daily at 13:30 hrs.
Norwegian Folk Museum
The museum is comprised of about 140 buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries, gathered from many parts of Norway, rebuilt and separated by regions of the country. You will see old farmhouses, villages and an old town reproduction of the beginning of the 20th century.
The Kon Tiki raft used by Thor Heyerdahl on his sailing from
Peru to Polynesia
Kon Tiki Museum
Bring your children to this museum, dedicated to the raft Kon Tiki used by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl when he sailed from Peru to the Polynesian Islands in 1947. In this museum you may also find the totora boat Ra II, built on the island of Suriqui in the Titicaca Lake by Bolivian Aymara people. It was used by Heyerdahl to cross the Atlantic in 1970.
Here you may see the remains of the Viking ships Oseberg and Gokstad, and just a few remains of the third ship the Tune, excavated from the Oslofjord region in 1867. The ships were originally built around the 9th century.
It is home to the nation’s largest art collection of Norwegian art, including wrorks of the Romantic era as well as modern arts from 1800 to the mid 20th century. Some of Edvard Munch’s works are on display here including the world renowned work “The Scream”. Don’t miss the important museum in the Capital of Norway to see works by El Greco, Gauguin, Picasso, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Cézanne and Monet.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump home of the Norwegian annual ski festival
Holmenkollen Ski Jump
I remember how impressed we were on this site. It is built on a hill from where you have a panoramic view of the city. It attracts the world’s greatest ski jumpers for the annual ski festival celebrated in March.
I recommend a visit to this peninsula even if you have to take a ferry that leaves every 30 minutes for a 125 minute ride. The peninsula maintains its rural character and is the place where well to do Norwegians keeps their summer homes including the Royal family.
Vigeland statues on the center of Frognerparken in Oslo Norway
With the Vigeland statue in the center this is like an open air museum showing more than 200 pieces of Norway’s’ favorite sculptor Gustav Vigeland. This place is recommended to visit after the other sites have closed and the summer days seem never to end. In front of the parks is the Oslo City Museum or Oslo Bymuseum .
It is a maritime museum depicting all kind of boats related to the known love of Norwegians for the sea and their long history of sea explorers since the Vikings. Outside the museum there is a memorial commemorating the 4,700 sailors killed on WWII.
Inside the Vigeland Museum with sculptures of the beloved artist
Located in front of the Frognerparken, mentioned above, is the museum where you’ll enjoy many of the artists works. The museum was built in 1920 as a workshop and home of the artist. When he died in 1943 his ashes were deposited on the tower and the building was opened to the public as a museum.
It is actually three museums under one roof. On the ground floors the National Antiquities Collection displaying coins, jewelry and ornaments from the Vikings era. There is another section on medieval religious art including the doors and ceiling of the Ål Stave Church built around 1300. The second floor features an Arctic exhibit and a collection of Norwegian ancient coins.
Oslo Town Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded yearly
This is the famous place where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on December 10 every year. The building was completed in 1950 to commemorate the city’s 900th anniversary. The interior are decorated with art about the Norse Mythology as well as arts by many famous Norwegian artists.
This museum is dedicated to the works of Norway’s loved artist and many of his works including “the Scream” and “the Madonna”. It holds a total of 11,000 paintings, 18,000 prints and 4,500 watercolors and many sketching books donated by Munch to its city.
Norwegian Resistance Museum
This small museum covers the dark times of the German occupation during WWII as well as the day of 9 May 1945 when peace was declared. I features many artifacts, lke newspapers, maps and photographs.
For more information visit Oslo Tourism Office
The Spectacular Wall Organ in the Cathedral of Oslo Norway
This cathedral is worth a visit while visiting the Capital of Norway. Dating from 1967 it has an exceptional altar, a 1748 model of the” Last Supper” and the” Crucifixion” by Michael Rasch. The organ front and pulpit date to the time of the construction.
The Norwegian Opera and Ballet
The marble and glass building in Bjørvika features award-winning architecture and world class opera and ballet performances. The Opera House is open to the public, and walking on the roof is a popular activity.
images credits for capital of norway:
royal palace by dalbera
ko tiki by daderota
holmenkollen ski by hoger reichert
town hall by riggwlter
cathedral by anne sophie ofrim
vigeland statue n/a
vigeland museum n/a
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