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'll 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.
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 and 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.
Famished as we would be after the day's excursion, proceed to the restaurant where a piping hot Indian lunch awaits us.
Next, an enchanted atmosphere, a magical adventure awaits! We visit the Ice bar - gateway to an adventure both fantastic and far removed from everyday life - a feeling of being beamed over to the Arctic. The entire permanent exhibition is constructed of crystal clear ice - even the glasses at the bar are ice!
The rest of the evening is at leisure so that we can relax and rejuvenate ourselves for tomorrow's long excursion. The only thing between us and our beds now is a yummy-licious dinner which we enjoy at another popular Indian restaurant.
Overnight in Oslo.
Breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner at an Indian restaurant
Hotel : Thon Oslofjord Hotel Or Similar, Oslo