Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour, Oslo

Also called Oslo's Museum Center, Bygdøy is where some of the most visited museums are located, displaying precious items from Norway’s past. You can also visit Bygdøy’s beautiful parks, forests or the wonderful beach located on the west side.
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Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour
Guide Location: Norway » Oslo (See other walking tours in Oslo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Author: karen
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Oscarshall Castle

1) Oscarshall Castle

Oscarshall Castle is located on the eastern shore of Bygdøy, south west of Oslo’s city center. The first piece of land around the Oslofjord to be inhabited, Bygdøy now forms an affluent suburb of Oslo, which houses many of the city’s finest cultural attractions. The castle is owned by the Norwegian royal family, but is open to the public. It was built between 1847 and 1852. Designed by Danish architect Johan Nebelong, Oscarshall was built for Swedish king Oscar I, who lived at the castle...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gol Stave Church

2) Gol Stave Church (must see)

The Gol Stave Church is housed within the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, an open-air 'skansen', or living museum, which contains several ancient buildings from across the nation. The church dates back to the early 13th century. A stave church by design, it is a timber-framed, many-tiered construction. Stave churches were widespread in medieval Scandinavia, but few have survived intact. Originally built and located in the small village of Gol in Southern Norway, it was saved from...   view more
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Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

3) Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (must see)

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is an example of a 'skansen', a large open-air museum formed of historical buildings laid out to create a village. Skansens are a Scandinavian invention that have become popular around the world – many major European cities, including Cardiff and Stockholm, have these attractions. Oslo’s skansen is located on Bygdøy, a peninsula southwest of Oslo which houses a number of museums, including the Viking Ship and Kon-Tiki museums.

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Viking Ship Museum

4) Viking Ship Museum (must see)

The Viking Ship Museum houses finds from the Viking age across Scandinavia. Vikings ruled the region from the 8th to 11th centuries and invaded several nations, including England and Iceland. They made it across the Atlantic to Newfoundland, and many believe they were the first Europeans to reach what is now the USA. Renowned for their fearsome nature, in recent times the Vikings have become more widely appreciated for their artistry and engineering skills.

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Kon-Tiki Museum

5) Kon-Tiki Museum (must see)

The Kon-Tiki Museum is located on Bygdøy peninsula, close to several other museums and cultural attractions. It opened in 1949 and moved to its current location in 1957. The museum charts the history of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. Heyerdahl, born in 1914, carried out a number of Pacific Ocean expeditions in the 1940s and 1950s. His most famous trip to the South Pacific gives the museum its name.

Heyerdahl had a keen interest in the history of the Pacific Islands and firmly believed...   view more
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Fram Museum

6) Fram Museum (must see)

The Fram Museum is found on Bygdøy peninsula, close to the Norwegian Maritime Museum and many other attractions. Opened in 1936, it is a tribute to Norway’s great tradition on polar exploration. One of the world’s most northerly nations, Norway has a long history of venturing into the Arctic, but a Norwegian was also the first to reach the South Pole – Roald Amundsen.

Amundsen, along with fellow explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Otto Sverdrup, are the main focus on the museum’s...   view more
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Norwegian Maritime Museum

7) Norwegian Maritime Museum (must see)

The Norwegian Maritime Museum opened in 1914 and is housed in an award-winning modernist building. It contains a number of interesting exhibits charting the coastal and maritime culture and history of Norway. Two permanent video installations demonstrate life on Norway’s long, exposed coastline, whilst there are also areas of the museum devoted to the country’s maritime traditions – including shipping, fishing, ship building and marine archaeology.

The attraction and the nearby Fram...   view more
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Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities

8) Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities

The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities is located on Bygdøy Peninsula in a building known as Villa Grande. Built in 1914, it was the residence of Vidkun Quisling during World War 2. Quisling was an extreme right wing politician who staged a Nazi-backed coup in occupied Norway. He assisted Nazi Germany in planning for the Holocaust, and was put on trial for war crimes in 1945. Convicted of treason and murder, he was executed in 1945 at Akershus Fortress.

The center now...   view more
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Paradisbukta Beach

9) Paradisbukta Beach

Paradisbukta Beach (Paradise Bay) is a popular beach on the Bygdøy peninsula and a perfect place for a swim after a long stroll around the city. There is a restaurant located nearby if you feel like grabbing a bite or you can just get an ice cream and take a walk on the...   view more

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Gamle Oslo Walk

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Sentrum Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Kvadraturen Walk

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Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Pipervika Bay Walk

Pipervika Bay Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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