Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park dedicated to the work of a single artist, and an ode to one man's obsession with the human form. The park displays over 200 sculptures fashioned from granite, bronze and wrought iron by the Norwegian artist, Gustav Vigeland, created over a period of 20 years from 1924 to 1943. In fact, the park itself was designed by the famed sculptor and is actually a mammoth installation in Frogner Park. Vigeland's work varies from depictions of humans engaged in everyday tasks, to more symbolic and abstract works like The Monolith, a 14.12-meter (46.33-foot) high sculpture composed of 121 human figures intended to represent the human desire to reach out to the divine. Other notable sculptures include The Wheel of Life and The Fountain. Although each is a masterpiece in its own right, the interplay with the layout and architecture of the park creates a whole that is more amazing than the sum of its parts. Today, Vigeland Park is one of Oslo's most popular attractions, visited by over one million tourists each year.
The former studio of sculptor Gustav Vigeland's lesser-known brother, Emanuel, is now a combined museum and mausoleum. The windowless, church-like room plays tricks on your eyes when you enter, but after a few minutes an impressive mural covering the walls and ceiling will unravel, a truly awe-inspiring representation of entire human life.
Sognsvann Lake, and its surrounding countryside, is one of the most popular choices for a city-dweller's day out, both in summer and winter. During the hottest months, the lake is excellent for swimming and sun-bathing, and when the lake freezes over later in the year, it becomes a huge, natural ice rink, popular with skaters of all ages. Sognsvann is the terminus for the Sognsvann branch of the underground, so it is very easy to get to, whether you come from the city center or from Majorstuen. Marked trails take you straight into the woods, with a variety of alternatives for short and long walks. In the winter, the same paths, now snow-covered, are used for cross-country skiing.
Akerselva es un parque agradable con sendas para pasear a lo largo del río Akerselva. Los senderos comienzan a ocho kilómetros río arriba junto al lago Maridalsvannet, el principal recurso de agua potable de Oslo, y termina en el parque Vaterland junto al puerto (cerca del Plaza Hotel). Descubra vestigios de la revolución industrial en los viejos edificios que fueron en una época molinos, talleres y fábricas. Los talleres de artesanías están abiertos al público en Frysja. El museo de tecnologia está a un tiro de piedra de las sendas peatonales. La pesca y la natación se pueden practicar a lo largo de esta ruta en varios lugares y hacia el final del río se pueden alquilar canoas. Acepte el desafío de amarrar elegantemente mientras lo observa todo el público del jazz café de onda, Blå, en las márgenes del río. Su recompensa un ambiente encantador y muy buena música. Para más detalles acerca del río y sus sendas peatonales, contacte el centro de información turística.
Norsk Folkemuseum, el museo al aire libre de 100 años, tiene más de 150 edificios en diferentes regiones. Los edificios datan de tanto tiempo atrás como en los tiempos medievales, incluso la iglesia Gol stave, del siglo XIII. Las exposiciones permanentes preentan secciones de artesanías, ropas tradicionales y cultura de los Sami. Una tienda de souvenires, café y restaurante se encuentran dentro de las premisas del museo.
Bygdy is a peninsula packed with leisure activities for everyone. Many of the city's museums are situated here, and you can easily spend the whole day visiting them. The Vikingskiphuset are a must. There are also great beaches, which are excellent for swimming and sun-bathing. You could see the King's farm, or visit a small castle used as a summer residence by a previous king. Alternatively, take a pleasant stroll among the many magnificent houses of this affluent residential area (home to former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland). The best way to get there in the summer is by ferry from the pier in front of the Town Hall. Bus number 30 will get you there all year round.
Esta calle principal en Oslo es peatonal y corre desde la estación central hasta el palacio. Los turistas pueden observar el mundo pasar frente a sus ojos desde cualquiera de los numerosos abrevaderos situados en las veredas o simplemente si siguen a la multitud por las calles pasando los vendedores callejeros y los intérpretes, pasando el parlamento, teatro nacional, Grand Hotel y la universidad. Con cientos de tiendas diferentes, la calle es la meca de los adictos a las compras. El parque entre el parlamento y el teatro nacional durante el invierno se convierte en una pista de hielo.
Three attractions share the same house. Edvard Munch, the painter, was born at Pilestredet 29 and lived here as a child. The mural of The Scream, based on Edvard Munch's painting and recreated here in black and white, is very impressive and was made by architecture students when the buildings were threatened by demolition. This is one of Oslo's few murals and should be seen. Close by is the Blitz building, which offers punk concerts and various political activities, as well as tasty waffles and cheap vegetarian food.
Spikersuppa is a temporary, open-air ice rink located right in the heart of the city between the parliament and National Theater. The 25 x 10 meter (82 x 33 foot) rink is open during the winter and makes a great place to spend an energetic hour or two, skating, enjoying the atmosphere, and admiring the city. Skates can be rented from the outdoor restaurant. A loudspeaker system provides the music and entrance is free. In the summer the ice rink is transformed into a pond.
El edificio del Parlamento alberga el Norwegian Storting (Parlamento) y data de 1866. Las visitas guiadas se hacen diariamente entre el 1 de julio y el 20 de agosto en noruego, inglés, alemán y francés a las 10:00, 11.30 y 13.00. Entre el 15 de septiembre y el 15 de junio, las visitas guiadas se efectúan solamente en noruego los sábados a las 10:00, 11:30 y 13:00. Los recorridos para grupos pueden organizarse por pedido entre septiembre y junio.
Kunstnerforbundet Gallery is located next to the Town Hall and holds three contemporary art solo shows each month. Each show normally consists of work by two or three artists, within different media such as textiles, metal, lithography and drawings. There is also a daily sale of painting, graphic pieces and sculpture. This gem of a gallery has hosted upto more than 400 artists so far. A mecca for aspiring artists and local talent, Kunstnerforbundet Gallery's free admission policy does not fail to bring in crowds of art-enthusiasts.
Nationaltheatret brings many a patrons and tourists to its door every year. Although the iconic building itself has a lot to offer, the pretty fountain that it overlooks, claims quite many fans for itself. Located on Johanne Dybwads Plass, the fountain, named 'Påfugl', which is Norwegian for 'peacock', finds its inspiration in the peacock who is displaying his full plumage. The gorgeous artwork was gifted to the state by businessman Christian Ringnes, of the Eiendomsspar fame, and installed in 1989.