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  • Located on the Aker River

  • in Norway’s south east is the beautiful city of Oslo.

  • As well as being the country’s capital and cultural heart,

  • Oslo is also the gateway to Norway’s natural beauty.

  • Saltwater runs deep in the veins of this sophisticated city.

  • In recent years, the rugged dock areas that launched

  • so many adventures have been reinvented as an entertainment hub.

  • Fashionable cafes and restaurants sit easily here

  • amidst centuries of history.

  • The Aker Brygge district is a popular meeting place

  • for both locals and visitors.

  • Wander along this historic area lined with yachts and boutique shops.

  • Take the short ferry to the museums of Bygdøy

  • to journey deeper into Oslo’s rich history.

  • Visit the Viking Ship Museum to see a stunning display of

  • 800 year-old long-ships.

  • many believed these fierce warriors were amongst the greatest seafarers that ever lived.

  • At the Fram Museum, learn how the crews of early polar expeditions survived

  • in one of the coldest and most dangerous places on earth.

  • Walk through the original interior of the Fram

  • the strongest wooden ship ever built,

  • designed to withstand the crushing pressure of the ice flows.

  • The nearby Kon-Tiki Museum is a tribute to an epic adventure

  • that captivated and inspired a world, exhausted by the second world war.

  • In 1947, Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl

  • successfully sailed from Peru to Polynesia

  • on a crude balsa wood raft.

  • Also on the Bygdøy Peninsula is the Norsk Folkemuseum.

  • This large, open-air museum has more than 140 historic buildings

  • and a vast collection of artefacts from the country’s past.

  • Enjoy demonstrations of traditional folk music and dancing

  • and experience what life was like on traditional farms of the area.

  • It is not only nautical pioneers that are revered in Oslo.

  • Visit the Nobel Peace Center

  • which showcases the achievements of pioneers in world peace.

  • This sometimes controversial award is presented each year in the City Hall,

  • one of Oslo’s most famous and beautiful buildings.

  • Another of Oslo’s premier buildings its Opera House,

  • just a short stroll away.

  • Said to resemble a glacier

  • it’s gentle sloping roof is a popular meeting place

  • and a great spot to enjoy a panoramic view.

  • Norway is home to one of the oldest monarchies in the world and the Royal Palace,

  • right in the centre of the city is their official residence.

  • Enjoy the beautiful palace park, especially in the summer,

  • when the sun doesn’t set until after 11.00 pm.

  • As the day comes to a close,, head back toward the docks to Thief Island.

  • In a land with a history of innovation and pioneering,

  • this area is showing the world how urban renewal is done.

  • Once a prison, today this dynamic area is full of art galleries,

  • modern restaurants and outstanding public art.

  • No matter where you wander in Oslo,

  • this modern city with a heroic past is full of character,

  • flavour and adventure.

Located on the Aker River

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    Ashley Chen posted on 2015/04/03
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