Day 2: The Long Weekender
Top Travel Tips; Places to See Things to Do
The day starts with a visit to the magnificent Vigeland sculpture park a must see for anyone visiting Oslo and probably the best collection of sculpture I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. This is the worlds largest sculpture park to be created by one sculptor and i don’t think i have ever seen or heard of anything like it before. Containing over 200 works created over a lifetime by Gustav Vigeland in a mixture of mediums from granite, wrought iron and bronze, it is a truly unique place. There is also a vitality and life affirming charm to the quality and scope of the works that can but make you smile whilst the park itself is a great place to spend a day have a picnic, if the weather permits, weather was great when I visited in May! I have included a link with more info on the park to the bottom of this post.
Vigeland Sculpture Park
A Statue of Gustav Vigeland stands in a landscaped area at the entrance to the park.
The wonderful vista from the highest point in the park.
Granite sculpture in the park
Seagulls take flight from one of the water fountains
I like the vitality and strength of this piece
This granite totem of humanity is mesmerising
The question, is the merely a child at play, or is there something more sinister implied?
Wrought iron details above entrance gates reminiscent of some elements of Aztec culture?
Søndagsmarkedet på Blå
Weekend market, which although small is quite charming. Also lots of street art in this area and close to the infamous squat.
Love this outdoor chandelier
Street art fills the walls of the surroundings streets.
Large anarchist squat compound, something you will no longer see in the UK due to changes in the law but still pretty common sight in many Germanic and Nordic countries. Squatters have inhabited the property since 1999 but apparently attempts are being made to evict them so the site can be demolished and redeveloped. At present it is Scandinavia’s oldest inhabited squat. More info at link to bottom of this post.
Sinister rag doll nailed to the wall
An interesting juxtaposition between the no parking sign and the detritus of the squatters with space ship in background.
I find this sign quite perplexing and its implied meaning difficult to decipher.
One of many churches which seem to dominate the city.
The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Building
A fantastic piece of interactive architecture you can quite literally wander around the roof of the building as it is very much a social space outside, whilst hosting Opera and Ballet inside.
The reflective quality of the glass makes this building all the more striking. No travel to Oslo would be compete without a wander around this magnificent building, both inside and out.
Inside the Opera House
The Opera house as seen from across the water.
Travelling to any destination for a weekend that requires a plane trip to get there, in my book needs advance research and careful planning. I will often plan my travel itinerary many months in advance of making the trip and although not everyone’s idea of travelling, I find it saves a lot of time that can then be spent making the most your trip seeing the best of whats on offer. So below are some handy links.
Links for places featured in blog pictures.
For my Top 9 Travel Tips for Oslo click this link
For more info on The Vigeland Sculpture Park click the link
Sunday Market click this link
For more info on The Opera House click this link
Hausmannsgate 42 Squat Oslo more info click this link