To continue with all things Oslo (part one here) let’s get educated and go to some museums. There’s actually a kind of ‘museum area’ with several all bunched together which makes it easy to hop around between them and the Oslo pass gets you into most. We decided to hit up two with the first being the Viking Ship Museum. It’s a pretty small place but houses several archaeological finds aka viking ships, tools, crates and other bits n bobs. Getting to see these two ships, pretty much still intact, was really awesome as you get a real sense of the power and design behind them. There are stories next to each find with context and also the theory behind each item and where it possibly was from. Vikings are a big deal in Scandi and getting to explore that aspect was a must for me.
Just a brief walk away is the Fram Museum. It tells several stories of polar exploration that mainly revolve around the Fram vessel. It is slightly overwhelming from the sheer amount of information and text on display here (and I wasn’t really sure where to start from) but the highlight for me was getting to explore the ship itself. They have the real deal in the centre of the room and you can climb aboard and explore the deck and interior cabins. It’s crazy to think this ship has been on several expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica and survived.
Typically city halls aren’t my thing but you have to make an exception and check out this one. First and foremost the Noble Prize Ceremony is hosted here so some magical, crazy people have walked these hallways. Secondly, the interior part that you’re allowed to explore is gorgeous. The design from the floor to the pictures to the walls and ceiling is really lovely. It’s a great example of Scandi interior design mixed with a royal touch.
This is the Oslo Opera House and home to the national ballet and opera of Norway. You can’t really tell from my misshapen photographs but the building is bloody gorgeous. It features a mix of white granite and marble on the exterior which you can walk all over and climb to get a panoramic view of the city. The building itself is full of slopes and is supposed to look as if it’s coming out of the water. I just really enjoyed getting to ‘climb’ over and on top of a building without needing serious parkour skills (and there’s a graffiti of that angry boy I mentioned in the last post).
Mathallen Food Hall is a food hall (shocker) with different produce stalls and mini restaurants, almost food truck places to try out. These kind of mixed bag food venues are seriously popular at the moment but I can definitely see why. If you’re going with a group everyone can get what they fancy or you can try little bits and bobs from various places (and normally the space itself is really trendy and appealing to hang out in). That’s the case here as the hall is a beautiful warehouse conversion with steel beams and two floors of enticing smells and mouth-watering treats.
Again to end on food (oppose to starting with it and having your mouth water throughout the whole post), go check out Illegal Burger. I’m not sure how many locations they have but there’s one right by the market above in a nice square/park. I love a good burger and these ones were yum yum yum. There are several different options, pick your type of meat and then grab some sides and drinks. The design is really fun with these bandit character interpretations of food and primary colour scheme. If I remember right the music was pretty awesome and the price was more bang for your buck.
Next up things get countrified as we venture west to no man’s land Norway.