Oslo’s best touristy thing is the Vigeland sculpture park (rated in the “top 25” park list) one person made all of these incredibly expressive sculptures and they’ve been put on display in a giant city park.
I road one of Oslo’s numerous yet incredibly ghetto city bikes from my hostel in grünerloken (the cool east side of the city) to the park. 3 speeds and you can easily feel any incline. Shitty brakes have a similar effect.
A little sweat and I made it- 20 seconds before the tour busses pulled in. Ah well.
I managed to get one more cultural thing squeezed in that day and that was a ferry ride to Oslo’s open air museum. It was fairly interesting… I find history is romanticized a bit too much in these kinds of things. It’s very easy to just walk around in the sun and remark how cute the buildings are. I mean, unless you ask the interpreters something and also end up learning farmers preferred to not use candles very often because they were made from fish oil. Yum.
A building really worth looking at was the museums Stave church.
wooden church with very ornate woodcarving on the door and around the alter. It also has a distinct lack of windows. Turns out windows have a distinct lack of ability to keep heat in- something useful in a Scandinavian winter. (Fireplaces weren’t really an option)