Day 5: Onto Geilo • Guided City Tour of Oslo
• Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park • Viking Ship Museum • Holmenkollen Ski Jump Area
You know a city is truly a culture-rich destination when its theatres, museums and galleries happen to be one of the most distinctive features of the town. And given that we are in one such capital, we dedicate today to exploring as much of this magnificent town as we can.
We begin our Oslo guided city tour after breakfast today, that will take us past the most popular attractions of the town. The Akershus Fortress, the Royal Palace, the Oslo Cathedral, the City Hall and the National Opera Theatre to name a few.
One of the biggest highlights of the tour happens to be our visit to the world's largest sculpture park by a single artist, Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of Norway's most visited tourist attractions. The park features more than 200 sculptures crafted out of bronze, granite and wrought iron by artist, Gustav Vigeland; the Wheel of Life and the 16-metre long Monolith (depicting 121 intertwined human bodies) being the most popular among these sculptures.
We then move on to get a glimpse into Norway's Viking past as we head to the Viking Ship Museum next. Apart from housing three well-preserved 9th-century vessels (the Oseberg Ship, the Gokstad Ship and the Tune Ship), the museum also houses other artefacts and exhibits that are indicative of the Viking life at sea.
Last on our list of must-visit attractions in the Norweigan capital, is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump & Museum. Perched atop a hill, the journey to the Ski Jump area alone is quite an interesting one and once there, the sheer height of the construction is likely to blow your mind away, irrespective of whether you are a ski enthusiast or not. Plus, there is the matter of the best possible panoramic views of the town below. There is also the Ski Museum that boasts of 4000 years of ski history.
Afterwards we proceed to Geilo for overnight. Arrive Geilo, dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)