The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo

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The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo

The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo is only a short ferry ride away across the bay (or bus journey around) from the harbor of the Norwegian capital.

The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo
The first stop is Dronningen dock, a 10-minute walk from the Viking Ship Museum, featuring one of Oslo’s top attractions, a trio of well-preserved Viking longships unearthed in southern Norway.

The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo
Oseberg, at the Viking Ship Museum

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The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo
The stave church at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum) is a sprawling open-air museum with more than 150 historic timber houses, from around Norway and a beautifully restored stave church from 1200. Folk music and dancing are often performed in summer.

Related: The Viking Silk Route

The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo
From the Fram museum

Norwegian explorers
The pines and waters of Oslo, were the training ground for Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) and Roald Amundsen (1872-1928), two of the greats of the heroic age of polar exploration. Their ships, Fram and Gjøa are preserved in the Fram Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. Both museums are accessed from the Bygdøynes dock (the next stop after Dronningen dock).

The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo
Norwegian Maritime Museum

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The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo
From the Kon-Tiki Museum

Nearby, the Kon-Tiki Museum has a fine collection of Easter Island artefacts, as well as detailed displays of the preserved Kon-Tiki and Ra II craft used by ethnographic explorer Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002).

The Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo, written by Tor Kjolberg

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