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- Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009
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Things to do in Oslo for free
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Head to Oslo, the capital city of Norway, and you’ll be struck by the natural beauty of the area’s fjords and forestry. The city also boasts a huge selection of things to do. You’ll be happy to note that some of Oslo’s top attractions are completely free. Here, we’ve compiled a list of five of the best things to do for free in Oslo. During your stay in this cosmopolitan and captivating city, make sure to check out these great free attractions.
Vigeland Sculpture Park
One of the most arresting attractions in the whole world, the Vigeland Sculpture Park in the Frogner area of Oslo is the life’s work of the famous artist Gustav Vigeland. This park is visited by over a million people every year and it’s not had to see why it’s so popular. Over 200 statues can be seen here, from the striking poses of the human figures lining the Bridge to the intricate designs of the Fountain, to the awe-inspiring Monolith Plateau. Open daily 24hrs.
Housing a collection of over 48,000 works of art, the National Gallery is a mecca for art lovers wishing to see paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and much more. It hosts such eminent works as the iconic ‘Scream’ by Edvard Munch, along with paintings by greats like Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Picasso. Open Tues-Wed, Fri 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm, closed Mon; admission free.
Vår Frelsers Cemetery
This cemetery is incredibly well-kept and is actually a good place to wander around if you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It’s an important cemetery too, as it houses the resting places of some of Norway’s most notable citizens. These include the graves of both Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, along with many others. The cemetery was established in 1902 and here you can also see an important war memorial and a chapel.
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Filled with awesome example of modern art, this museum houses a number of temporary exhibits in addition to its comprehensive permanent collection. Exhibits run the gamut from video installations to paintings of the human form. From the creepy to the colourful, all the art works on display across the museum’s two floors are incredibly impressive and well worth a look. Open Tues-Wed, Fri 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm, closed Mon; admission free.
Oslo’s Botanical Garden was established in 1814 and today is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Tall trees provide shade, while the glasshouses hold a wealth of colourful flowers, prickly cacti and much more. Of all this beautiful garden’s assets, the Scent Garden is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable thanks to the veritable feast of sights and smells it provides. Open Apr-Sept 7am-9pm, Oct-Mar 7am-5pm, gates open at 10am Sat-Sun; admission free.