Oslo, Norway

Finally we arrive in Oslo, the capital of Norway. This is my first time ever in Europe and even though I only slept a few hours on the plane I’m committed to staying up.

First stop, a trip to the Fronger Park with special emphasis on the the Vigeland Sculpture Garden. Gustav Vigeland was interesting fellow. A brilliant artist, but one without much money. He needed to find a way to make a living and so he convinced the city of Oslo to basically provide him room and board in exchange for a bunch of sculpture pieces for the city. Crafted in granite, bronze, and wrought iron, these pieces (of mostly naked people) tell the story of what it means to be human in beautiful detail.

Exploring the Sculpture Garden

Exploring the Sculpture Garden

Ever have a bad hair day?

Ever have a bad hair day?

 

We also paid a visit to one of the most important exploration vessels of all time: The Fram! Captained by many intrepid Norwegian explorers it has seen both Arctic and Antarctic waters. It was a delight to be able to actually explore the ship’s various decks, and learn about its history. I must say that I’m glad our ship will be a more comfortable experience.

The Fram, like our ship the National Geographic Explorer, as seen both the Arctic and Antarctic.

The Fram, like our ship the National Geographic Explorer, as seen both the Arctic and Antarctic.

I was even able to visit a museum showcasing ancient viking ships. In viking culture it was common to bury people of influence with their ship, as such they are beautifully preserved.

This viking ship is beautifully preserved because it was buried, in its entirety, along with its influential owner.

This viking ship is beautifully preserved because it was buried, in its entirety, along with its influential owner.

This is a reproduction of a viking bow. Its craftsmanship and detail is true to the original.

This is a reproduction of a viking bow. Its craftsmanship and detail is true to the original.

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