The Best of Oslo without lunch
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Approximately 5½ Hours
A panoramic drive takes you through the center of Oslo, passing the Akershus Fortress, the Parliament building, the Royal Palace and the Nobel Institute.
Leave the coach at the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park, created and completed by one man -- Gustav Vigeland. Centrally placed in the park is the 55-foot-tall monolithic sculpture featuring 121 stone figures of men, women and children climbing on top of each other in their struggle for life. Walk with your guide through the park to see more than 150 stone and bronze sculptures, each symbolizing a different stage in the lifespan of most humans.
Back on the motorcoach, you will continue through some beautiful residential areas and up into the Holmenkollen Hills for a fantastic view of Oslo. The first ski jump was built here in 1892 and was the main venue of the 1952 Winter Olympics. It was rebuilt in 2011 for the World Championships.
Back at sea level, on the Bygdøy Peninsula you will visit the Viking Ship Museum. It houses three authentic longboats dating from the Viking Age (around AD 900-1000). They were excavated from the mudbanks along Oslofjord. The museum also holds a large collection of items found on board the ships, such as household goods, tools, jewelry and clothing.??
The adjacent Open-Air Folk Museum invites you to 'tour' much of Norway in just an hour. Catch a glimpse of Norwegian culture and history here, as the museum features 150 authentic buildings from different regions. This includes one of the country's oldest structures -- the Gol Stave Church, built in the 13th century. Return to the city where your tour ends back at the pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.