The capital of Norway with its backdrop of hills, lies at the head of the Oslofjord, a 40-mile stretch of sheltered water surrounded by wooded hills dotted with summer houses that narrows dramatically about half-way up. Dominating the harbour is Akershus Fortress, a medieval stronghold and royal residence built around year 1300, while the twin towers of the town hall face onto an exciting waterfront with shops, restaurants and pubs. Among the special attractions of Oslo are the spectacular Opera House resembling an enormous iceberg, the Viking Ship Museum at Museum Peninsula Bygdoy, housing discoveries from Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune as well as other finds from Viking tombs around the Oslofjord.
Cruise vessels can dock at a great location in the city center.
- The building is designed by Renzo Piano,an architectural masterpiece,the Tjuvholmen neighborhood has become a new destination in Oslo. It contains works from most innovative new artists.
- The Operahouse is one of the world’s most spectacular buildings, with a fabulous location in the Oslo Fjord and is Norway’s largest stage for music, theatre and dance with three stages
- The museum contains paintings, drawings and prints of the famous Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch.
- Akershus Castle and Fortress was commenced in 1299 under king Håkon V. King Christian IV had the castle modernised and converted into a Renaisssance castle and royal residence.
- The artworks that are spread around the whole park are by internationally renowned artists like Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Dan Graham, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst and Roni Horn.
- At the Fram Museum you can come on board the ship and see how the crew and their dogs managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth - the Arctic and the Antarctic.
- The glassworks founded in 1762,the oldest industrial company in Norway with continuous operation. The glass museum is the largest in Scandinavia, and displays Hadeland creations from the last 250 years.
- The Viking Ship Museum shows discoveries from the Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune ships, plus small boats, sledges, a beautiful cart, tools, textiles and household utensils.
- Thor Heyerdahl gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on the balsawood raft Kon-Tiki in 1947. He followed this up with spectacular expeditions on the reed boats Ra and Tigris.
- One of the world’s oldest and biggest open-air museums. Collected in the museum extensive grounds, there are 160 buildings, an old town centre and the famous Gol stave church, built in the 1200s.
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