jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 96 [05 May 09] – Oslo

Posted in Oslo by jn82 on May 5, 2009

As we had until 12pm till the 24 hour public transport pass that we bought yesterday for the ferry expired, we decided to head to Vigeland Sculpture Park in the morning. Vigeland Park is part of Frognerparken, a city park with expansive green spaces, duck ponds and rows of shady trees. The park is lined with life-sized statues by Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943). In nearly 200 highly charged works of granite and bronze, Vigeland presents the naked human form in a range of emotions, from screaming pot-bellied babies to entwined lovers and tranquil elderly couples.

Kid on man’s head.

Angry baby!

Damned kids!!!

Errr…

In the centre is the most impressive piece which consists of a monolith of writhing bodies. The circle of steps beneasth the monolith is lined with voluptous stone figures, and the form of the complex recalls Egyptian funerary monuments.

Writhing bodies.

Could not help mysef.

Pretty interesting morning hanging around all these statues. Headed back to the hotel after for a short rest, and then on to Akershus Fortress and Castle around 1pm.

Akershus Fortress and Castle is an old castle strategically positioned on the eastern side of the harbour and the grounds offer a decent view of the city and Oslofjord. The castle was renovated in the 17th century by Christian IV into a Renaissance palace, although the front remains decidedly medieval. We walked around the inside of the castle on a self-guided tour with an audio guide, and learnt a bit about the history of the castle, its rooms and what they were and are currently used for.

The castle church.

Christian IV Hall.

The prince’s chamber, used nowadays for entertaining purposes.

After the tour, we headed back into the city via the castle wall perimeter, and I was able to get a pretty good shot of the harbour and the city.

View of Oslo harbour.

Spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the city a bit, and headed back to the hotel early to rest.

Will be on the train the entire day tomorrow for a 467km train ride to Bergen, supposedly one of the most scenic train rides in all of Norway.

Today’s pictures here.

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