• Vikings and Much More …… Oslo in the Autumn

    by  • June 25, 2014 • City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Oslo

    Take advantage of Flybe’s  new direct flights from Birmingham to Oslo

     

    For anyone living within reach of BirminghamAirport, autumn 2014 may be the perfect time to consider a visit to the Norwegian capital.  Flybe will be running a daily flight from Birmingham to Oslo commencing on 26th October and the short flight time of just 2 hours makes this a very feasible option for a short city break.

    Here are just a few of Oslo’s highlights which any tourist might wish to visit during a short break in the city:-

     The Viking Museum

    Located on Bygdøy island, this museum is home to Viking longships found at burial sites around Norway.  The three blackened wooden Viking ships date to around AD800, and are considered the best preserved Viking ships ever found.  In addition to the ships themselves, the museum contains a lot of information about life during the Viking age.

    Norsk Folkemuseum

    It’s worth combining a visit to the VikingMuseum with a visit to one of the largest open-air museums in Europe, which is also situated on Bygdøy island.  The Norsk Folkemuseum is a perfect way to see Norway in a day. From the stave church (built in AD 1200) to farmers’ houses made of earth, the old buildings offer a fascinating picture of Norway’s history.. Indoors, there’s a display of folk costumes.  On Sundays in December, the museum holds Oslo’s largest Christmas market.

    Fram Museum

    This museum features the Fram, the world’s first ice breaking ship and last one made out of wood. The Fram made many trips to the North and South Pole and the exhibit is very detailed and offers a lot of history as well as photographs.

    Kon-Tiki Museum – Right next to the Fram, this museum has famous author and historian Tor Heyerdahl’s balsa rafts, which he sailed over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Tor showed that it was possible for ancient cultures, using their own technology, to have travelled across the large oceans.

    Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum

    If you feel like visiting a different type of museum it’s well worth heading to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum.  A feat of world-class engineering, this famous ski jump was first constructed in 1892 and has been rebuilt numerous times, remaining a distinctive part of Oslo’s skyline. The cool, futuristic-looking jump you see today was finished in 2010 and offers spectacular views over the city.  The ski-jump simulator puts you in the skis of real jumpers, and the world’s oldest ski museum presents 4,000 years of ski history. couple weekends a year