When I finally confirmed that one of the travel destinations through Scandinavia was going to be Oslo, Norway, I was thrilled! I just read a post from my good friend Kevin called How To Spend One Day In Oslo With Kids and over beers, we talked about his unbelievable adventure.
Although the flight to Oslo from Zagreb was a bargain, the cost of living in Oslo is not. In fact, it ranked in the top ten from both The Financial Street and The Guardian. This forced me to include some free Things To Do In Oslo on my itinerary during my 2 Days in the city.
In addition to the Oslo Pass (which I highly recommend), one of the most impressive is the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park. This guide covers all that you need to know to help you better appreciate the beautiful space, locally known as “vigelandsparken”.
Oslo, in particular, is a compact and cultured city in Norway that is packed to the brim with unforgettable experiences.
Quick Facts About Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsparken)
Coming from the concrete jungle of a large city, you learn to appreciate what little green space you have. As a result, I’ve visited several parks during my travels. Still, the experience of visiting the renowned Oslo statue park was quite different. Between 1939 and 1949, the world’s largest sculpture park was created and laid out by famed artist Gustav Vigeland.
Today, the park is filled with over 200 unique sculptures and attracts one million visitors a year. It’s become a popular spot to kick back, relax and marvel at the statues.
Here are some of the key facts to know about the Vigeland Park before visiting.
- The park is located in Frogner Park
- Entrance is free for locals and tourists alike
- The park is open all year round, 24 hours a day
How To Get To Vigeland Sculpture Park
One of the reasons that Vigeland Park is a great stop to add to any itinerary is because of its easy access. It’s located in the bustling borough of Frogner and accessible by subway, tram, taxi, bus and foot/ walking. However, since Oslo has a fantastic public transportation network and the cost of public transportation is included in the Oslo Pass, I suggest you take public transportation.
Hop on line 3 of the subway, line 12 on the tram or line 20 on the bus.
Must-See Vigeland Sights
Gustav Vigeland is one of the best-known Norweigan sculptors and has built himself a legacy through the park, which adopts his name.
His outdoor sculpture complex is the largest in the world. It consists of bronze, granite and cast iron statues — with everything from a man under attack from genii spirits to a dancing young woman with dreads. Even the fountain has been sculpted in detail and is spectacular in design.
Gustav has explored the human form by creating “bizarre and delightful” statues. Some of the most famous sculptures include those that follow everyday social situations such as hand-holding, walking and sitting. Others are more abstract in design, such as “Man Attacked by Babies.”
Through his artwork, Gustav Vigeland has explored the expression of the human form and created pieces that encourage further thought and reflection.
Some additional highlight statues include:
“The Wheel of Life,” which is a sundial that represents eternity by depicting four human figures and a baby in the middle of a circle.
If I can give you one piece of advice – take your time roaming through the park and make a camera and mobile device are charged. There’ll be plenty of selfie opportunities. Each statue is so unique that you can easily spend a fair bit of time appreciating all the details.
Oslo Sculpture Garden Museum
Also on the 32-acre grounds of Frogner Park is the Vigeland Museum. Open every Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 until 16:00, the museum has both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The entrance to the museum will set you back 80 KR (about CAD 12.00) which is pretty reasonable. Alternatively, you can enter for free with an Oslo Pass. What’s cool about the museum was that it is the former studio and home of Gustav Vigeland and offers a wonderfully unique insight into the mind of the artist.
Visitors can access the museum from Nobels gate 32 on the south side of Vigeland Park.
Places To Visit Before / After Vigeland Park
Although the park promotes relaxation, it’s easy to work up an appetite. Several great cafes and restaurants that surround Vigeland Park that is a perfect pit stop before or after your visit.
OSLOK is a cozy nearby cafe that serves good rustic food at an affordable price. It’s the perfect spot to grab a cup of coffee and a snack before heading off on your next adventure.
A little bit further down the road is Eckers Cafe, which is considered a “true gem” by those that have sat at their tables. In particular, they are known for their vegetarian alternatives and healthy drinks.
Explore Some More
The Oslo sculpture park is just one of the many fascinating and beautiful cultural attractions in the city. I started day two of my 2-day itinerary at Holmenkollen in the morning and then made my way to Vigeland Park afterwards. Holmenkollen is included in the Oslo Pass.
Holmenkollen is a famous skiing arena in Oslo and offers breathtaking views of the city. So if you more of the “someone please just guide me around Oslo type,” then you can book a guided tour of Oslo, which showcases both the sculpture garden and the skiing arena.
Lastly, if you’re unlike me and have a very rigid workout routine and don’t mind being close to the park for 5:00 runs, then I suggest that you stay in the Frogner area. That way, you can head down to the park, get your run on then explore the rest of Oslo!
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