Oslo and Its Rich Viking History

Oslo is the largest city in Norway and dates back to the year 1040. Now, a city of more than 600,000 people, the city is a global wonder filled with water ways, a rich Viking history, fantastic museums, and beautiful buildings.

The city of beautiful greenery may suffer through some cold and dark winters, but what you will find all times of the year are friendly people, warm cafes and a small town environment that will immediately make you fall in love with this place. If you happen to find yourself in Oslo during the warmer summer months, you can easily spend the day strolling throughout the streets, getting a coffee at an outdoor café and watch the world go around. Take a short walk over to the waterfront to watch fishing boats come in after a day on the waters, and in between carelessly wandering the streets of this Noreigea paradise, check out one of the famous museums.


Taking the time to make it to the Viking Ship Museum is one of the most interesting and fascinating places you will visit. Here you will find the most well-preserved Viking ships on the planet, and one can only look on in sheer amazement at the brilliant word work of these incredible ships. On display are the most famous of the bunch, the Oseberg, Gokstad, and Tune Ships. The sheer size and fine detail that has been carved into ships that are more than 1,000 years old is as impressive as any bit of craftsmanship you will find in the world.

With a history so rich and long, it’s no surprise that some of the greatest sites in the city are museums. One can easily spend weeks going from one museum to another, exploring their interests and learning about the fascinating history of these lands. If you only have a few days for exploration and are looking for some other impressive museums, these are also worth visiting:

  • Fram Polar Ship Museum: Located just a 15 minute walk from the Viking ship museum is one of the best museums in the city. Explore the many exhibits, watch the Northern Lights performance that happens every 20 minutes, and learn more about some of the current issues that threaten the High North like melting ice, oil, and more.
  • Vigeland Park: This is the world’s largest sculpture park made by one artist, and is the most popular tourist destination in Norway. More than 200 sculptures are laid out throughout the museum. Explore the park, the fountain, and admire the bronze, granite and wrought iron sculpture collection.

Whether you are looking for museums, places to relax and grab a coffee, or head out into the waters, Oslo will deliver. The city is remarkably clean, beautiful, and filled with friendly people who seems to gladly go about their day in bliss. It’s a stunning place, no matter what time of year. However, finding yourself here during the longer summer months is truly a paradise.

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