A taste of Norway's culture and traditions
Sightseen, My Explorations, From 1 to 3 hours walking
In a nutshell
Discovering the wonders of Oslo and its surrounding areas with a fantastic coach sightseeing tour and a guided walking tour exploring its nature and history
- Parliament, National Theatre and Royal Palace
- Vigeland Garden
- Open-air museum of traditions and traditional Norwegian village
- After passing through the city of Oslo on the coach, we will head towards Holmenkollen, the hill in the north-west of Oslo famous for ski jumping. Holmenkollen is home to the hill of the same name (Holmenkollbakken, the oldest ski jump in the world), a biathlon stadium and a number of cross-country ski slopes. It is one of Norway's main Nordic skiing centres and has hosted several stages of the Ski Jumping World Cup. The ski jump tower is 60 metres tall and is located 417 metres above sea level. When it is not being used for sports races, the facility is open to visitors as the top offers beautiful views of the city of Oslo and its archipelago.
- After a break to take photos, our tour will continue past the following sites: parliament, built in 1866, designed by Swedish architect Emil Victor Langlet and today home to the Norwegian National Assembly; the National Theatre (built in 1899 in a Neo-Classical style with a Rococo interior, it houses the statues of Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson); and the Royal Palace (known as Slottet), built in the first half of the 19th century as the residence of King Karl III of Norway and now the official residence of the Norwegian monarchy.
- Our guide will take us on a short, pleasant walk to Vigeland garden, the largest sculpture garden in the world created by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). Vigeland Park, which covers an area of around 320 hectares and is laid out along an axis 850 metres long, houses over 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures. The most famous of these are the bronze statue of the Angry Boy, the Monolith and the Wheel of Life.
- Then we will delve into the past with a visit to the open-air museum of traditions and head to a traditional Norwegian village through a lush forest. This authentic village consists of 158 rural and urban Norwegian buildings, each representing a different region.
- At the end of the excursion, we will have the chance to stay in the city and explore it freely.