MY VISIT TO OSLO:
Like every morning we woke up with the illusion of seeing images deparaban us behind our balcony … Today we expect the capital of Norway , Oslo . The ship docked early as usual whenever we reach a scale. It was 08.00am and we were leaning on the balcony admiring the first building in exposed brick, with its towers, which we saw in the city. The fact of traveling in balcony has many advantages, in addition to previously expressed, another to know the temperature of the place in which you find yourself without having to go on deck, so check it was warm despite being so early and decided we’d go dressed comfortably and summer.
As each day after breakfast at the Oceanview we set out to get off the ship. In our first excursion we were accompanied by friends of Santander and their children.
According lower, left you find a pavilion filled with souvenir shops and the tourist office, which gave us great joy to see that we would not have headaches at least at first. There we inform the choices we had to visit Oslo. Among them buy the Oslo Pass for 24 hours about 80 NOK (22 euros), which allows you to use public transport unlimited for a day and go to all the museums . Another option was the bus tour, what I call red bus for 50 NOK (20 euros) or bus only 90 NOK (25 euros) if a ferry ride included. The latter was the option we chose. We decided to make the payment card not start spending the NOK cash that we had, but it was giving error every time that passed by the data – phone. Seeing that the three we took was the same, passed cards from our friends Santander checking that the error was by the data – phone … Uffff what scare !!!
Anyway after this slight mishap, who entertained us some unnecessary time, we only had to go to the right of the ship, about 100 meters to take the bus.
We were inside, so our tour had begun. The various points we were looking through the window of the bus, were: the Opera House in Oslo , Munch Museum , Parliament , Royal Palace , City Hall , all duly explained by the headphones, then heading to Frogner Park , which it is the largest public park in Oslo , there you find the famous Vigeland park , an area dedicated to the permanent exhibition of some two hundred sculptures and other works of art by Norwegian sculptor area Gustav Vigeland , so we decided it was a must stop and we got off. Throughout our long walk in the park we met almost all Spanish ship friends. It is a beautiful space Outdoor sculptures filled with lakes and well worth seeing …
We found that in Norway can also be hot, because it made us a beautiful day …
Our tour was to continue so we went back to the bus to go to the Viking Ship Museum , located in the neighborhood of Bygdoy close to other museums in Oslo . The entrance fee is (60 NOK) about 7 €. There enjoyed the exhibition of the three Viking ships or Drakkar Tune, Oseberg and Gokstad , best preserved of history that were rescued from the sea, Viking objects and belongings with which they buried Viking chieftains. After this visit about 200 meters as you exit the museum to the left, we ended the Folk Museum (85 NOK), € 10,75. This museum is outdoors and about 155 vikingas shows buildings with grass roofs, from different regions of Norway showing the way of life that had people at different stages of history. Among the most striking buildings is a church (stavkirke) XII century wooden built without nails. Of course we enter this building and felt a grim sense of the dark and the smell that came off the walls like the rest of the houses we could visit.
In this area you also find numerous activities for the enjoyment of children.
We had spent considerable time these two visits, so we decided to return to the Ship Museum, where previously we had gone down, to back up the tourist bus to leave us at the next stop, which despite being only a very long era to catch the ferry.
It cost the life find the ferry port, despite being very close to the bus stop, but right behind us a building that covered the area.
We returned to be in the water !!!, but we could see the city of Oslo from another perspective to the village, the town hall area very close to our ship, the Infinity .
We stayed long enough time to take photos of the area. We were tired, it was a very intense trip, we had seen many interesting things and for a moment we had gotten into the skin of those Norwegians that they lived a time of very hard story …
Now back to our “home” we went to lunch at Oceanview with friends Santander . We had a voracious appetite, so without further delay we set out to fill the tummies whiny. He finished, we lay on the deck of the indoor pool from where we saw the ship sail.
And with this vision Morfeo seized our sleeping bodies staying for a while, when we wake up we went to the jacuzzi to converse with Spanish friends. Eeste place had become our place of gathering between bubbles.
As we prepare every night for dinner at the Trellis Room Dinning , there continue our talk show, telling the experiences of the lived and seen in the city … After dinner, like every night, we headed to Celebrity Theater . The performance that night was the flutist Gary Arbuthnot , which we believe was not very lucky because at every moment the passengers were leaving the theater silently and after a long time we us. We decided it would be more agusto in the Rendez Vous Lounge chatting and taking us a few drinks with Spanish friends and we did until quite late as the next scale, Stavanger, would not arrive until 11:00 am, so we would not have to wake up early …
PLACES OF INTEREST:
- 1. Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsparken): This famous park, with over 1 million visitors a year, hosts more than 200 sculptures wrought iron, bronze and granite, made by sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). Note the bronze sculpture Small Angered ( Sinnataggen ) and the Wheel of Life ( Livshjulet ) and Monolith ( Monolitten ). More information….
- 2. Oslo City Hall ( Oslo Radhus ): Building political and administrative center of the city, was inaugurated in 1.950. Inside you can see a large collection of decorations on working life, history, culture and customs of the area. More information….
- 3. Museum Fram ( Frammuseet ): Museum dedicated mainly to the polar ship Fram , although we can enjoy a full exhibition on the history of polar expeditions. The ship Fram , the strongest in the world, was built in 1892 and inside all original objects are retained. Was used in three polar expeditions, led Fridtjof Nansen (1893-1896), Otto Sverdrup (1892-1902) and Roald Amundsen (1.910-1-912). More information….
- 4. Grünerløkka: Shopping area, located behind the historic industrial buildings in Oslo . The neighborhood houses in its streets full of street art, many small cafes, bars, taverns and restaurants. You can also find antique shops and second – hand goods and boutiques of major designers.
- 5. Museum Folklórido Norwegian ( Norsk Folkemuseum ): Open – air museum in which we can see 155 traditional houses from different regions of Norway and an old playground, a colonial shop, craft exhibitions, costumes, processing typical pastries, etc … Each year a market is celebrated Christmas . More information….
- 6. Museum Viking ships ( Vikingskipshuset ): In this museum you can visit the world ‘s best preserved Viking ships, used to transport the Viking kings to the kingdom of the dead and buried more than 1,100 years ago. Localized findings can be found in the tombs, such as household objects, textiles, boats, sleds, etc … More information ….
- 7. National Gallery ( Nasjonalgalleriet ): The National Gallery is part of the National Museum of art, architecture and design. It houses an impressive collection of Norwegian and international art from the early nineteenth century to the present, as well as works by Edvard Munch . More information….
- 8. Munch Museum (Munchseet): Although the National Gallery , as I indicated above, you can find works of Edvard Munch , the Munch Museum integrates many Impressionist works of this great Norwegian author. More information….
- 9. Akershus Fortress ( Akershus Festning ): The Akershus Fortress dating from the thirteenth century and is located near the Town Hall , along the fjord of Oslo and today serves as the large park. Behind its medieval gates we can find magnificent buildings and museums. In the Plaza Mayor of the fort it is the National Monument , commemorating the victims of World War II . Always take a tour of the Akershus Castle , built around the year 1300. More information….
- 10. Museum of Natural Sciences ( Naturhistorisk museum ): Within the grounds of the Museum of Natural Science are the Zoological Museum , where you can meet animal life both Norway and other parts of the world and the Botanical Garden , created in 1814 and houses over 35,000 plants and 7,500 species in its 15 hectares. More information….
- 11. Opera and Ballet Norway ( Den Norske Opera og Ballett ): Building marble and glass designed by the architects Snøhettam , located to the right of the port. Inside futuristic design it is basically built with oak and has a main hall with a horseshoe and three scenarios with capacity for 1,369, 400 and 200 spectators. More information….
- 12.- TusenFryd Amusement Park: Lovers of attractions, both adults and children will enjoy the park ‘s biggest amusement Norway , with all kinds of fun, roller coasters, carousels, etc … More information ….
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Date Posted: August 9, 2013
I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.