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Vikingskipshuset Oslo Reviews

Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
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Viking Ship Museum Sep 23, 2009
I spent my last afternoon in Oslo over in Bygdøy, a small peninsular off central Oslo full of rich houses and expensive yachts, as well as several nautical-themed museums. The Vikingskipshuest (Viking Ship Museum) was the only one I visited and was worth the trip out to Bygdøy since I had a spare afternoon in Oslo.

The museum is designed around three large Viking ships, each built in the early Viking Age, around 800 CE. They are the only preserved Viking ships from Norway, named after the locations they were found in - Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. The workmanship is stunning, especially considering the Vikings worked by eye rather than from plan. It is interesting to gaze at the elaborately carved prow, and the fear that this site must have once struck into the hearts of Europeans.

There is no audioguide or tour, but the signs are all written in Norweign and English. Actually as beautiful as it is, there isn't much to see and very little information - simply because very little is known about Viking ships. There are no written records, so almost everything that is known comes from preserved ships - and nearly half of the preserved ships in the world are in this room.

To get to the museum you can take the Bygdøy ferry from Rådhuskaia (the City Hall Quay) to Dronningen and take a 10 minute walk straight up the road. Alternatively the number 30 bus runs from the National Theatre trainstation to Bygdøy.
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