Venue - attractions and sights


Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica

Located in the surrounding hills of Oslo, the hotel allows fabulous views over the city centre and the Oslo Fjord. You may even catch a glimpse of Elks at sundown, or if you prefer, the attractions of the capital city are just a stone's throw away. Parts of the hotel date back to 1894 and the "National romantics" period. A rich cultural inheritance is blended with all the "mod con" facilities of a first class hotel. As well as gourmet restaurants, meeting and function rooms, the hotel also boasts a "Multi-purpose" hall measuring 1000Msq. Today we are one of Norway largest conference hotels.



Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower

A historic landmark in the Norwegian consciousness, the Holmenkollen ski arena embodies more than a century of skiing tradition. The Ski Museum in Holmenkollen, the world's oldest museum specialising in skis and the history of skiing, is situated in Holmenkollen ski jump, where visitors can experience the magnificent view of Oslo. The plateau is free to visit in the winter, while in the summer it is included in the museum ticket.



The Vigeland sculpture park (Vigelandsparken)

The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park. A monumental artistic creation with a human message that is well worth seeing.


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Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)

Dating from 1299, this Medieval castle and Royal Residence developed into a fortress in 1592 after which it was rebuilt into a renaissance castle 1637-1648. Here you can see magnificent halls, the Castle church, the Royal Mausoleum and models of the castle. Government's Reception Rooms and Banqueting Halls.


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Aker Brygge

For more than a century Aker Brygge was the site of a shipyard, Akers Mekaniske Verksted. Since 1986, when the workshops were opened as the first stage in the Aker Brygge development, this site has become a small township with shopping malls,apartment buildings, offices, restaurants, a cinema, a theatre and a health-and-fitness centre. This unique sea front boardwalk is one of Oslo`s primary attractions. More than 5,000 people live and work in the area. The buildings are distinctive, with their combination of old, venerable shipyard buildings and modern architecture. In the summer months Aker Brygge is Oslos primary and most popular meeting place, teeming with people both day and night, enjoying Aker Brygge`s numerous attractions.



The Kon-Tiki Museum

The Kon-Tiki Museum houses a range of boats and artefacts from Thor Heyerdahl's expeditions. Here you can see the original Kon-Tiki raft (1947) with a 30 foot whale shark underneath...statues and a secret family cave from Easter Island (1956)...the papyrus boat Ra II (1970)...and an exciting collection of archaeological finds from Easter Island, East Polynesia, Galapagos and Peru. And, why not try out the interactive touch screen with CD-ROM facilities? Or visit the cinema with its non-stop showings?



The Polar Ship Fram (Frammuseet)

Welcome aboard the original polar ship Fram for the most thrilling adventures in polar history! Set foot on the strongest wooden ship ever built. The legendary ship is kept in its original condition in our museum in Oslo. Fram was the safe haven of some of the most famous polar explorers ever - both in the Arctic and in the Antarctic. Come into contact with their stories of sweat and tears, and learn how they managed to survive during the hottest of pursuits and the most breathtaking of voyages in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth - the North and the South Pole!



Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)

In this, one of Europe's largest open-air museums, you find a variety of traditional houses from all over Norway. During the summer season lots of activities take place such as folk dancing, arts and crafts, baking, domestic animals, shows etc. Several indoor exhibits with traditional handicraft items, folk costumes, furniture and church interiors. Recommended activities for children, horse and carriage ride, visit the animals or an old fashioned candy store.