If you're a museum geek, buy an Oslo Pass and spend a day on Bygdoy! Catch the number 91 ferry from opposite the Town Hall for the short ride - with lovely views of the city and fjord - to the first stop for the Norwegian Folk and Viking Ships Museums (an uphill walk!). The grounds of the folk museum open before the exhibitions and provide a pleasant walk around buildings of different ages moved from various locations in Norway and include a stave church and the 'old town'. The visitor centre has a lovely shop. The Viking ships on display at the museum a few minutes' walk away are interesting and well described, but without the Oslo Pass I probably wouldn't have paid the entrance fee as I only spent half an hour there.
Bus 30 goes from here down to the quay where the Fram, Kon-Tiki, and Norwegian Maritime Museums are (you can also catch this bus from the city centre if you prefer roads to water!), but it's an easy downhill walk through a lovely residential area. The Maritime Museum shows a great panoramic film of the entire Norwegian coast, and the Kon-Tiki Museum also displays the Ra and provides a lot of information about Thor Heyerdahl's expeditions. The Fram Museum is brilliant - masses of well presented information and exhibits about both the Fram and the Gjoa, and Nansen and Amundsen, and so good to see that Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole was also covered.
There are some interesting old boats on the quay to look at while waiting for the ferry back to Oslo's waterfront, and I finished my long day with an early dinner at Aker Brygge.
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