Our second day began with a walk down to the waterfront. Thinking it would be fun to take a Taxi Boat across the fjord to the Viking Ship Museum we made our way down to the docks nly to be foiled. The taxi service wasn’t running – it was closed down for the season. We decided to check out the Akershus Fortress, which dates back from the 1290s and is home to several museums.
At the Fortress there is a sculpture of FDR – so naturally I had to climb up it and take a seat on his lap…
After wandering around for about an hour we made our way back to the Architecture Museum – the real one this time. It was interesting and there were some excellent architectural renderings and sketches – but we were at a distinct disadvantage as we know no Norwegian so we couldn’t read any of the plaques or explanations. Next up was the Vigeland Sculpture Park which is set apart a bit from the city center taking us through a residential district that was gorgeous.
There were all sorts of brightly painted buildings in gorgeous architectural styles.
It was a great walk and a lot of fun to see a bit of the more traditional parts of Oslo. And the Park is amazing. It contains 212 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). The sculptures are all of people and represent different phases and places in life. The focal point of the garden is a 46 foot monolith surrounded by figures representing the cycle of life from birth to death. The sculptures vary between humorous and lighthearted to somber and melancholy. I loved the figures of the children playing, the ones of fathers and mothers with their offspring, the statues of lovers. One could spend a lot of time in this park looking at each piece.
If it wasn’t so cold and our bus wasn’t about to leave, I could have spent a lot more time here. The garden itself is beautiful – even in the dismal cold – but I was too taken with the sculptures to pay much attention to the actual grounds.
That pretty much sums up our trip to Norway. It was quick but we got a good bit in and really enjoyed our little intro to this beautiful country. I would love to come back when it’s a bit warmer and check out the fjords and mountains.