The Vikings are alive at the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

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The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo has for a long time been one of the most popular attractions in the city. Now, it’s getting even more better, when their new 3D-film have premiered in the museum.

The film is called The Vikings Alive and it’s situated on the ceiling and back wall inside the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. The film, that’s made with animation, presents a visual journey into the history of a ship. In the beginning of the film the Viking Ship is newly built, then it continues to the Norwegian fjords and ocean. The rest we will leave for you to see. The film is played in a loop all day, so you can go anytime. If you want to see a trailer of The Vikings Alive, go here.

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Three luminous parks in Oslo that’s perfect for relaxation and picnics!

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Temperature’s a’ rising and we are longing for picnics and relaxing in the green. Are you too? To give you a hand, here’s three luminous parks in Oslo that’s perfect for both. 

Botanical Garden
If you like to be surrounded by plants and flowers, there’s no place like the Botanical Garden in Oslo. Located in the area of Tøyen, it has approximately 1800 different plants. The Botanical Garden in Oslo was founded in 1814 with a purpose to display the variety of plants from Norway and the rest of the world. As in any botanical garden there are green houses and exhibitions, but if you just want to hang out in the gardens, there’s no entrance fee and it’s open between 07.00 – 21.00 from March til’ September. PS. Don’t miss the waterfalls in the rock garden, it’s breathtaking!

Frogner Park
It’s the largest park in the city, covering 45 hectares and is open to the public at all times – with 1-2 million visitors each year. Frogner Park actually offers two parks in one; in Frogner Park you’ll find the famous Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture par made by a single artist. This park is located in the borough of Frogner, and was landscaped as a baroque park in the 18th century and owned by a private person. In the 19th century, it was landscaped as a romantic park, and became public when it was bought by the municipality.

St. Hanshaugen
It’s one of the largest parks in Oslo and is a popular recreational area for the locals, say hi to St. Hanshaugen. It used to be a bare rock hill, but in the 1840s the name St. Hanshaugen was inaugurated, since it was a popular hill for midsummer celebrations. Now it’s one of the most popular parks, filled with bridges, ponds and beautiful nature. From the top of the hill you have an amazing view of Oslo. St. Hanshaugen is located in the area with the same name as the park, St. Hanshaugen.

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National Day of Norway in Oslo – 17th of May (Syttende mai)

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It’s the biggest street party in Norway, and it’s a tradition that’s more than 150 years old. Here’s all you need to know about the National Day of Norway – 17th of May – also known as Syttende mai.

Why the 17th of May? The National Day celebrates the memory of King Christian Frederik, who was chosen king and signed the petition for the constitution of Norway on 17th of May, 1814. Since the middle of the 1800s, it’s been tradition for kids to march through the city on this very date. The march consists of marching bands and kids dressed in the national costume, of course waiving the Norwegian flag. Every year since it started, thousands of people have gone marching through Norway, from small villages to the capital of Oslo. The march in Oslo pass by the Royal Palace where the royal family waive to the public from their balcony.

It’s also common for the Norwegians to have a traditional 17th of May breakfast with their friends and family. It’s a buffé of goodies; scrambled eggs, salmon and champagne. Now that’s a tradition we like!
If you’re in Oslo during 17th of May, be prepared for complete celebrations everywhere, closed shops and restaurants. This is a folk fest and everyone is invited, even you!

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Three attractions you can visit for free in Oslo

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Oslo has for a long time had a nasty rumour of being super expensive. Sure, we wouldn’t exactly call it the cheapest place on earth, but luckily for you, we know the city. How about we let you in on three amazing attractions you can visit for free in Oslo? You can thank us later. 

1. Vigeland Park
Vigeland Park will probably always be our number one favorite attractions, and it’s not just because there’s no admission. Walking in here will most definitely make you smile. Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park, created by one man only; sculptor Gustav Vigeland. It has more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and iron. The park itself is located inside Frogner Park, the largest park in central parts of Oslo. Vigeland Park is open 24/7, every day year around, and is free to visit. To get here, take bus 20 or train 20 to Vigeland Park.

2. Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning) is a castle from the medieval times, located in the city centre by the Oslo Fjord. It was built by King Haakon V in the late 1290s to protect the city of Oslo. Today it serves as the headquarters for Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Defence Staff Norway. Our recommendation is to go for a stroll, read about the amazing history that the fortress holds and enjoy the view of the Oslo fjord offered from here. 

3. Check out the graffiti in Grünerløkka
Grünerløkka on it’s own is actually quite the attraction; it’s the bohemian neighborhood of the city and has lots of cool vintage shops, cafés and bars. However, if you head down to the area around Brenneriveien, you’ll soon be blown away by the amazing street art that can be found here. Famous artists from all over the world have travelled to Oslo to create a piece of art on the walls here (legally), and it’s like walking in a museum just seeing them. Most definitely an amazing free attraction in Oslo! 

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Famous people who had a huge impact on Oslo

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Brave, gifted, talented and responsible for making Oslo somewhat what it is today. Meet three people that made Oslo and Norway famous.

1. Edvard Munch
With painting ‘Skriet’ (The Scream), Munch would create a painting that would keep him famous more than 60 years after his passing. Edvard Munch was a painter and one of Modernism’s most important artist. Over sixty years he was active – all the way from when ha made his debut in the 1880s up until his death in 1944. His experimentation skills as an artist gave him a unique position in both international as well as Norwegian art history. The Scream has been described as “an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time”.

2. Henrik Ibsen
He has been described as “the father of realism”, and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) was a Norwegian playwright, theatre director and poet. He is considered t be one of the most important playwrights since Shakespeare, in particular for his later dramas who at the time were considered scandalous. Ibsen has influenced novelists and playwrights such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and George Bernard Shaw. Three times he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature – 1902, 1903, and 1904.

3. Henrik Wergeland
Wergeland is one of the “birth fathers” to the celebration of 17th of May (syttende mai), but he’s mostly famous for being a Norwegian writer, playwright, historian and poet. He is often considered to be a leading pioneer in the development of Norwegian literary heritage and modern Norwegian culture. He became a famous here when he, together with the locals, fought at the battle of the Square in Christiania on 17th of May, 1829. Even though Henrik Wergeland died at the young age of 37, he has had a huge effect on literature, history, contemporary politics, social issues and much more.

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The ultimate list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo

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Despite it’s modern city center, Oslo has it’s bohemian parts of the city. It can be seen in the area of Grünerløkka, or in the cool bars that can be found here and there. Here’s our ultimate list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo!

1. Blå, Brenneriveien 9 C
Close to the river Akerselva and smushed in the area where street-art covers almost all walls lies the bar/club Blå. If you prefer to listen to some live tunes whilst sipping a beer, this is the place for you. Although they focus on jazz – and has jazz every Sunday night – all types of bands have been playing here. During summer, they have one of the best outdoor seatings in Oslo.

2. Schouskjellern Mikrobryggeri, Trondheimsveien 2
Just in the beginning of Grünerløkka lies the micro brewery Schouskjellern, located in a small cellar. The brewery is situated right there in the basement, with four 500-liter tanks. Try their own brewed beer (they have created and served over 60 beers over the years) and enjoy the atmosphere under the vaulted brick ceilings and in front of the massive fireplace.

3. Himkok, Storgata 27
What now seems to be found everywhere was once the focal point for Himkok – it’s the first micro distillery in Norway. It’s also seen as one of the finest bars in the city. It’s not that very well-known in Oslo, and we can only guess that one of the reasons is the anonymous entrance to the bar. It’s hidden between a hairdresser and Asian supermarket and doesn’t have a sign. Himkok does definitely fit under ‘quirky’ – one of the reason being the fact that they have cocktails on tap. PS. Don’t miss the restaurant Munnsjenk located in the back-yard, the outdoor seating here is fab!

4. Den Gamle Skobutikken, Torggata 9B
With a name translating to “the Old Shoe Shop”, Den Gamle Skobutikken has already made it into our list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo. Walking inside won’t make you disappointed; inside you’ll find palm trees, a rooftop terrace, a glass wall facing the passageway. The concrete floor with it’s black interior doesn’t exactly hurt either.

5. Hytta Bar, Thorvald Meyers gate 70
Small but lovely, Hytta Bar is the hipster pub to go to if you like a good gin & tonic and prefer your music on vinyl. Be prepared for beards, pop-up concerts and atmospheric sparks from the fireplace.

Almost made the list: St. Pauli Biergarten, Sannergata 1 B
Located by Akerselva river lies the beer garden St. Pauli. They’re only open during the summer, but once they’re open they have garden games such as badminton. If you love sports, or should we say football, you need to go here – St. Pauli shows old but golden football matches.

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