Overview: Anyone who loves ships and the sea – as well as those who want an understanding of Norwegian history and how bound it is to the sea... more »
Anyone who loves ships and the sea – as well as those who want an understanding of Norwegian history and how bound it is to the sea... more » that surrounds this country - should tour Bygdøy, a peninsula on the western side of Oslo. Each of 4 museums illustrates some facet or facets of this maritime past, whether it’s the lives and work of fishermen, the Viking ships that influenced vessels built centuries later, or the national passion for seaborne scientific explorations.
Along with its museums, this residential area has a popular beach at Huk, a park, and a number of beautiful cycling and walking trails. Not far from the Viking Museum is the large open-air Norsk Folkemuseum, where historic buildings have been assembled from various parts of Norway to house exhibits and demonstrations of traditional life. The highlight is a beautiful stave church. While not part of this tour, the Folk Museum is well worth returning to Bygdøy for an afternoon. less «
In winter, when daylight is short, museum hours shorten, as well. Be sure to check opening and closing times in case you need to... more » change the order of visits.
The boat to Bygdøy operates only from mid-March to mid-October. At other times, take bus number 30 from the National Theatre, for the 20-minute ride around the shoreline.
Oslo Passes, available at tourist information centers and at hotels, include free transport on public buses, trams and boats, free admission to many museums, discounts to others, and special rates and offers on dining and entertainment. A 24-hour pass is NOK 270 (children 4-14 NOK 120), 48 hours is NOK 395 (145) and 72 hours is NOK 495 (190).
Single tranport fares are NOK 30 when bought in advance from a machine or NOK 50 bought on board a bus, tram or boat.
In summer, you might have time to visit the Norsk Folk Museum after the end of this tour, but to see it fully, you really should return another day. less «
A boat ride is a good introduction to this tour that recalls Norway’s many links to the sea, and it’s also the fastest way to get to Bygdøy. Ferries shuttle back and forth among the islands in Oslofjord, and to the Bygdøy neighborhood, which sits on a peninsula opposite the harbor. The ride takes about 15 minutes, and is a mini... More harbor tour, with good views of the city rising on its slope above the fjord.
If you go to the harbor in the morning (except on Sunday), you’ll find fishing boats pulled up at Rådhusbrygge 3, selling boiled shrimp that were caught only a few hours before, a favorite snack for locals and visitors.
Adults: NOK 50 (30 advance purchase in machines)
Children 4-15 and seniors 67 and over NOK 25
Children under 4: free
Free with Oslo Pass
Phone: +47 23 35 68 90Less
Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 voyage across the Pacific Ocean on the reed raft Kon-Tiki continues to fascinate, and this museum houses the original boat, brilliantly displayed in a plastic sea so it can be viewed from “underwater” as well as from the top. Following up his dramatic Kon Tiki crossing, Heyerdahl made further expeditions on the reed boats Ra ... Moreand Tigris in an effort to prove that prehistoric people could have mastered sailing the high seas.
Exhibits explain his theories and expeditions, as well as exploring other early seafaring craft, reed boatbuilding, and his archaeological excavations on Easter Island. An underwater exhibition includes a life-size (30-foot) whale shark replica. The original Oscar-winning Kon-Tiki movie is shown daily at noon. A lunch kiosk, open May—September (the same hours as the museum), serves sandwiches and drinks.
Adults: NOK 80
Students/Seniors: NOK 50
Children from 5 years: NOK 30
Children up to 5 years: free
Family (2 adults and 2 children, age 5-15): NOK 160
Phone: +47 23 08 67 67Less
A complete makeover has turned this museum into an interactive experience that combines the actual ship Fram – the polar ship used by Fridtjof Nansen on three important expeditions to the North and South poles between 1893 and 1912 – with beautifully designed models, replicas and displays that bring the expeditions to life. The Fram holds the... More record in the history of exploration for having sailed both farthest north and farthest south of any vessel.
Both the signage and interactive stations are multi-lingual, and the story is further enhanced by film and light effects. Two large models of the Fram and crew in the Arctic ice, and of Captain Scott’s motor sled on the Antarctic Barrier, as well as an exact replica of Roald Amundsen’s South Pole tent (now frozen into the ice at the South Pole) and film re-creations of trip preparations and working areas the explorers carved into the ice, all add to the artifacts, scientific instruments and information panels. A brief taste of the actual conditions is possible, too, in the Dark Walk, a simulation kept at below-freezing temperatures.
Adults: NOK 80
Students and children ages 7—15: NOK 30
Seniors: NOK 50
Children under 7: Free
May and September
March—April and October
Phone: +47 23 28 29 50Less
From the time of the Vikings, Norwegian history has revolved around the sea, and this beautiful museum overlooking the fjord explores that past with exhibits relating to fishing, trade and passenger vessels, sea explorations, navigation and marine art. As one might expect from Norway’s long reliance on the sea, ship and boat building is a major... More theme as well. Along with Norway's oldest boat, Stokkebåten, and the polar vessel Gjøa, the museum has an impressive floating collection of historic and traditional boats.
Marine archeology is a major part of the museum’s mission, and the latest results of its underwater explorations and land excavations of historic vessels are often shown in special exhibits. Marine art, including both paintings of ships and art created to decorate them – including figureheads – are displayed, along with a large collection of model ships. Actual cabins have been reconstructed to show life at sea.
Be sure to see the panoramic film of the Norwegian coast, shown frequently throughout the day, to gain an even greater appreciation for Norway’s historic relationship with the sea and boats. A café is open daily, from 11 am until 2:30pm (3:30 on weekends).
Adults: NOK 60
Students and seniors: NOK 35
Children aged 6-16: NOK 30
Children under 6: Free
Phone: +47 24 11 41 50Less
A former village post office is now a combination antiques shop and café, where the tables, chairs and dishes are all for sale. The menu offers soups, salads, sandwiches, cakes and drinks. Prefer to have a picnic outdoors? Call one hour in advance and Cafe Hemma Hos will prepare a picnic lunch for you to pick up. Along with all sorts of... More table and kitchenware, the antiques sold here include linens and embroidered textiles, furniture and decorative items, mixed in with newer compatible merchandise, gifts and décor items.
Tuesday—Sunday 11am –5pm (hours may vary)
Phone: +47 22 55 62 26Less
Three Viking ships, two of them in a remarkable state of preservation, are displayed in a purpose-built space that allows visitors to view them from above and below. The ships, recovered from burial mounds along the Oslo Fjord, were previously working ships that had been outfitted with fine tapestries and other decorations and interred along with ... Moreimportant persons and their personal effects. They are estimated to be about 1,100 years old.
The Gokstad ship, discovered in 1879, and the Oseberg ship, found in 1903, are in the best condition, with 90% of the original timbers remaining in the latter. After excavations were completed on the Oseberg ship, it took 21 years to preserve and restore the ship, its contents, and the other finds in the burial mound.
Along with the ships, these finds and others from the Viking age are displayed in the museum. For anyone interested in Vikings, this is the premier site in Scandinavia.
Adults: NOK 60
Students and seniors: NOK 35
Children ages 7—16: NOK 30
Children 6 and under: Free
Huk Aveny 35
Phone: +47 22 13 52 80Less