Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum

We flew on a 9PM flight out of Aarhus via Copenhagen and arrived at 11:50PM into Oslo.   Fortunately, customs was, again, non-existent and our hotel, the Radisson Park Inn, was a short 5 min walk from terminal.   We must have chosen somewhat well because we followed flight crews. Here is the walkway from the terminal to the hotel:


The next morning, we walked back to the airport terminal where we hopped the Express Train to the city center of Oslo.  

The cheaper regular train makes several stops and takes 40 minutes.  The express train takes only 20 minutes and at one point, we hit 125mph!

Once we arrived at the Oslo Central train station, we picked up our Norway in a Nutshell tickets at the NSB (Norweigian State Railway) office of the train station and stored our luggage in the terminal lockers:

We followed the pedestrian walkway out of the train station and headed towards the Ferry.

The walk took about 10 minutes, and we had to wait another 10 or so for the next ferry. The Ferry is a fun and scenic way to get to the to Viking Ship Museum on Bygdøy.

The ferry took about 15 minutes and once we landed at Bygdøy, the museum is quick 10 minute walk though residential streets.

Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum was built between 1926 and 1932 and resembles a church with transepts and naves. Even from the outside, it looks a bit church-like: 

In fact, from above, it is in the shape of a cross. Norway became predominantly Christian around 1000 AD:

After our water and land crossing, we opted for an ice cream before attacking the museum…

The museum is a great venue to get up close with these ships. The viking ships occupy 3 of the 4 wings of the cross, and artifacts are in the other. There are raised alcoves/pulpits in corners where the cross intersects to look above the ships.

These ships were excavated from burial mounds in the late 19th and early 20th Century, and the country wisely protected these historical treasures.

Here is the best preserved ship, the Oseberg, that dates back to 800 AD:

The Gokstad was built around 890 AD and was also found in a burial mound:

The center of the “cross”:

Here are a couple of the artifacts:

And, of course, some vikings:

We walked back to the Ferry, which was next to the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Kontiki Museum. We didn’t go in but took some photos with interpretive Kontiki tikis:

And we enjoyed the nice day on the water while we waited:

Once back to shore, we took a taxi to train station. On our way we passed the modern opera house, which was built in 2008. There appears to be a renaissance of the arts in Scandinavia with similar new waterfront construction at the Copenhagen Opera Hall (2004) and the Reykjavik Concert Hall Harpa (2011).

We grabbed our luggage, and hopped on Bergen Railway from Oslo to Myrdal…

Happy RTW Travels!

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