August 7, 2009

ancient Oslo

Coming in Norway and not seeing The Viking Ship Museum , it's like going to Paris without seeing La Tour Eiffel. A single word to describe these 3 ancient ships: incredible!
Oseberg Ship
It is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad (Sandefjord), Oseberg (Tønsberg) and the Borre mound cemetery. The museum displays the Viking Age Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship alongside sledges, beds, a (horse) cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets and other grave goods.In the Viking Ship Museum visitors enter and immediately face the Oseberg Ship. If you walk past the ship, you can reache the centre of the museum, with artefacts from the Oseberg discovery right in front, the Gokstad Ship to the left and the Tune Ship to the right. The Museum also has a balcony that is open to the public with a beautiful view from above of the Oseberg Ship and Gokstad Ship. On the mezzanine above the entrance there are thematic stop: The Fram Museum The museum shows the history of the polar explorers. Here you’ll find the world’s most famous polar ship, the Fram, from 1892. The ship is displayed in its original condition with interior and objects perfectly preserved. Every visitor is welcome on board! The museum tells the story of the Norwegian polar expeditions, who also represent international history in the field of polar exploration: Nansen's journey across the Polar ocean and his attempt to go to the North Pole, Sverdrup's expedition to Greenland, a voyage where more than 200 000 square kilometers of unchartered land was discovered, and Amundsens journey to the South Pole, the discovery of the Northwest Passage and his attempt to reach the North Pole by plane and airship. The exhibitions in the museum have a representative selection of animals from the Polar region, like polar bears and penguins.

After visiting these beautiful pieces of art since ancient times, a bit of rest taking a sunbath near the North Sea shoreit's a YES SIR!

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