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Jan 16th, 2013, 04:27 PM
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Oslo in Winter

Next week I wil be attending a conference in Oslo, staying at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica. While I'll largely be busy with work, I will have some free time. The day before the conference (Tuesday next week) I am planning to go cross-country skiing at Vinterpark. (I arrive in Oslo that morning, at 10 am.) I may also have some free time Saturday afternoon and evening. (I fly home Sunday morning.) I'd welcome suggestions of things I might see or do then.

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Jan 16th, 2013, 04:44 PM
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The Oslo National Gallery has a small but interesting Munch collection, a number of nicely melancholic paintings including 'Skrik'.

On the Bygdoy peninsula are a handful of small museums well worth a visit - Fram and the Viking Boat museum are my favourites. The former is the first ice breaker vessel used for polar exploration (it's indoors so don't worry about the cold!). The latter a couple of longships recovered almost whole from the Oslofjord.

I tend to think of this as a very outdoorsy city - parks, fjord swimming etc, though that's not a lot of good to you in winter. If you are in Holmemkollen you'll no doubt see the great views out across the fjord and islands, so can enjoy the landscape that way without getting too frostbitten trekking round the harbour...

My other safe bet would be to find a decent cafe and indulge in some Nordic baking and coffee.

Enjoy - you are going to one of my favourite cities
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Jan 16th, 2013, 05:31 PM
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We too enjoyed the National Gallery as well as the Fram and Viking boat museums. The Fram's history is fascinating. Very informative museum. It was thrilling to be right up close with the Viking ships, it's another great museum. Be sure to walk around ON TOP of the Opera house. A neat experience.
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Jan 17th, 2013, 10:15 AM
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Thanks. As part of the conference we will be going to the Fram Museum one evening and having dinner there (or nearby). I looked up the other museums and sights in that area (Kon-Tiki Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, Bygdoy Royal Estate, and Oscarshall), but they are either not open in the winter or close at 4 pm. (I won't be free to go see them till 1 pm on Saturday.) How long should it take to get from Holmenkollen to Bygdoy? The Oslo National Gallery is open till 5 pm on Saturdays. How long should it take to get there from Holmenkollen? I was in Oslo once before (in summer) and greatly enjoyed the Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park. That is open all of the time (but could be cold after dark). Are they lighted (and is it safe to go there) after dark?
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Jan 17th, 2013, 10:21 AM
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I believe there is also an excellent WWII/resistance museum.
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