Oslo Part I

In June, my parents came all the way from Australia to participate in a conference/expedition around Svalbard, Norway – but we met up in Oslo beforehand so that I could see them for the first time in months! On our first day we took a boat to the Bygdøy peninsula, which is famous for its Norwegian history museums. We visited the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, but my favourite by far (synonymous with the most photogenic…) was the Norsk Folkemuseum. Upon entering this massive open air museum, you follow a path that takes you on a tour through the different eras of Norwegian history. It starts with a traditional farm, complete with log houses and a church from the 13th century, and ends with an “Old Town”, depicting Oslo through the 1800-1900s. There are even staff (or possibly volunteers) who dress in traditional costumes and perform the day-to-day tasks on the farm!

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