“Go back. Baaaaaaaaaaaack! Over the falls!”
My first brief introduction to Norway was on the Maelstrom ride in the Norway pavilion in Disney’s Epcot theme park. The animatronic troll bellowed his warning to unsuspecting trespassers whose Viking boat was about to “plunge” backward over the simulated waterfall, launching into a presentation of Norway’s mythology and culture.
The romantic notion of Vikings and fjords stayed with me over the years, so when the opportunity to experience Oslo sightseeing in the capital of Norway presented itself, I jumped at the chance.
Let me introduce you to….
The 1,000-year-old city of Oslo is running over with sights and activities to thrill and satisfy every type of traveler. From vibrant fairytale-like old buildings juxtaposed against modernist architecture, a walker-friendly city metropolis, its own rippling fjord, ancient restaurants serving unique local fare, myriad museums, and oh-so-much more. Oslo holds its own in the collection of stunning Scandinavian capitals.
Oslo is one of those magical places that will cause you to say, “Why didn’t I visit sooner?”
Here are some of the highlights….
Vigeland Park in Oslo
This park is not only one of Oslo’s best attractions but in all of Norway. The park contains more than 200 sculptures of beloved Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, including the infamous Sinataggen – the London “angry boy. The sculptures are made of bronze, granite and wrought iron, and Vigeland even designed the park itself. Be sure to check out (actually, you can’t miss it) the Monolith, a 46-foot sculpture carved from one single granite block. The sculpture shows carved people with various expressions climbing towards heaven and is said to symbolize man’s quest for the Divine.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo
The original jump was used during the 1952 Winter Olympics, but was totally rebuilt and has been opened to visitors since 2010. From the main base, tourists can stand at the rails for panoramic views over Oslo and take photos. Perched on top of a hill, the iconic ski jump is known for being one of the city’s finest vantage points. Visitors can also take an elevator to the top of the jump for an even more impressive view if they are willing to wait in a long queue. There are several gift shops, a restaurant, and a simulator where you can experience the exhilaration of skiing down and off the jump.
Read the rest of why I’m obsessed with Oslo on The Traveler’s Way magazine.
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