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Entering Oslo Harbor

I'm convinced there is no better way to arrive in Norway than by boat.  We took the Color Line Ferry from Kiel, Germany, which weaves its way through the islands around Denmark.  I braved the winds and took in the scenery from the upper deck until it began to grow dark- for those not up for the chill there are many large windows with chairs and tables downstairs.  Cabins were wonderful-- four per room, with bathroom and shower ensuite.  By the time you wake up in the morning, you are in the outer range of Oslo Harbor.  Directly from the harbor we bought our transportation passes, which allowed use of the underground and trams, and made for the city.

VIEGLAND PARK:  Impressive and disturbing all at the same time.

Viegland Park
  Viegland's sculpture is all nude or partially clothed human figures.  While this is the basis of nearly all classical art, Viegland's art takes a turn in its composition and subject matter.  Contorted bodies packed together to create obelisks and fountains, prepubescent girls smiling arm and arm unabashed of their nakedness, children riding horseback upon their mother.  Everything is carved from hard, high polished stone and arranged together within the park-- separate pieces packed almost like the figures themselves within his larger works.

BYGD√łY:  Many of Oslo's museums are located on a penninsula best reached from downtown by water.  Make a day of it and prepare for the best of Norwegian history. 

KON-TIKI MUSEUM:  A shrine to Thor Hyderall.

  Fantastic to those who are interested, but missable for those who aren't.  

VIKING SHIP MUSEUM:  Reconstructed Viking ships.  Does it get any cooler than that?

NORSK FOLK MUSEUM:  The world's first open air museum comprised of wooden buildings moved from around Norway.  Some of the churches are absolutely stunning. 

MUNCH MUSEUM:  I managed to make it before the most famous version of The Scream was stolen. 

We stayed in the HI hostel, which as usual was a bit outside of the city, but I would still recommend it.  It is located up a bit of a hill and we had some beautiful views down over the city in the evening as the sunset. 

At just over a month in, Oslo was the first place that we started to experience some internal strife.  The realization that we were going to be with these people for another three months set in and truer colors began to fly. 

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Entering Oslo Harbor
Entering Oslo Harbor
Viegland Park
Viegland Park
Roses outside the Kon-Tiki Museum
Roses outside the Kon-Tiki Museum
Traditional houses at the open air…
Traditional houses at the open ai…
Shrimp snack on the docks
Shrimp snack on the docks
Oslo Open Air Museum
Oslo Open Air Museum
Oslo
photo by: sarahsan