Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Viking Ship Museum, Oslo Palace, and Nobel Peace Museum

Viking Ship Museum, Oslo Palace, and Nobel Peace Museum
Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014
Oslo, Norway

For the second day we decided to buy Oslo Pass. We obtained it from our hotel last night. The Oslo Pass allowed us to ride all the public transport units (bus, tram, and subway) as well as free admission to multitudes of attractions like Viking Ship Museum, Akershus Fortress, Nobel Peace Museum, etc.

We took the City Bus 30 to Bygdøy as we could catch it right in front our Hotel. We went first to see the Viking Ship Museum but missed our stop. A friendly driver (a Sri Lankan Tamil) helped us find the correct stop. At the museum we saw about 1000 year old Viking Ship.

After that we got off near Oslo Palace (National Theatre) on the return journey and went around Oslo University, Oslo Palace (Det Konglige Slott; The King's Palace), the Queen Maud's statue. We also walked along the famous Karl Johans Gate and saw the Norway Parliament.

From their we walked all the way to Oslo City Hall (Radhus) and the harbor. Then we visited the Nobel Peace Museum just next door to the City Hall. We made peace sign in Tamil (amaithi) and added to the wall of Nobel Peace Prize Museum.

After having lunch near-by, we walked all the way through the harbor to the Akerhus Fortress. Once again at many of these places, the admission was free since we had the Oslo Pass. The Fortress gave view of the harbor and the city. We could see many rooms and they in which the king would have lived.

The day was cloudy but didn't rain. Finally we decided to skip the Eduard Munch Museum since it was far away and we didn't have enough time.

We packed our travel bags and left reminder at the Hotel and took the public transit to Jernbanetorget to catch our overnight NSB train to Bergen.

We sat in our coach and spent the night traveling to Bergen, Norway.

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