En route to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, you will drive through the center of Oslo, passing the Akershus Fortress, the Parliament building, Karl Johan Street, the Royal Palace and the Nobel Institute. The Vigeland Sculpture Park was created and completed by one man—Gustav Vigeland. Centrally placed in the park is the 55-foot high monolith featuring 121 stone figures of men, women and children climbing on top of each other in their struggle for life. There are more than 150 stone and bronze sculptures in the park, each symbolizing a different stage in the lifespan of mankind. Walk with your guide through the park; then, continue through some beautiful residential areas up to the Holmenkollen Hills for a fantastic view of Oslo. The first ski jump was built here in 1892 and was the main venue of the 1952 Winter Olympics. The ski jump has recently been rebuilt in time for the upcoming World Championships. A buffet lunch will be served en route. Next, you will head to the Bygdøy Peninsula for a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. It houses three authentic longboats dating from the Viking Age, around 900-1000, which were excavated from the mud banks along Oslofjord. The museum also holds a large collection of items found on board the ships, such as household goods, tools, jewelry and clothing. Adjacent to the Viking Ship Museum is the Open-Air Folk Museum where you can "tour" much of Norway in just an hour. Catch a glimpse of Norwegian culture and history, as the museum features 150 authentic buildings from different regions. You will see one of the country’s oldest structures, the Gol Stave Church that was built in the 13th century. Return to the city where the tour will terminate at the pier.
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Best of Oslo
Date:May 23, 2013
Location:North West England
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:May
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This tour is the most expensive on the itinary.However after sampling the basic costs of goods and services in Norway ,we felt this tour offered good value.Yes we could have gone on the hop on hop off service , but it was a rainy day and lots of other tourists around so that option would have been slow and cold. We had a great guide who provided a wealth of good information about Oslo and Norway in general. The highlight for us was the magnificant buffet laid on at the retreat hotel.We thought the cruise food was good , this was something else. Overall we would say it was money well spent as it took us to places we would never have thought to visit