Oslo, Norway

Norwegian flag

Norwegian flag

Our first stop was Oslo, capital of Norway, land of vikings and fjords. Norway has a population of just 5.1 million, less than that of GTA (Greater Toronto Area). We visited the Viking Museum, Vigeland Park, and the Olympics ski jump.

Viking Ship Museum.

Viking Ship Museum.

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Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, with 212 bronze and granite sculptures. The theme centers on life. On top of the gate are two sculptures depicting two attitudes to life – on the left is a monster on the back of a woman, representing a pessimistic outlook overwhelmed by problems; on the right is a woman taking hold of a monster, showing an optimistic approach facing and overcoming problems. Which one is you?

Mimicking one of the sculptures on the Bridge of Life.

Mimicking one of the sculptures on the Bridge of Life.

The Fountain of Life. Surrounding the fountain are sculptures showing the life stages - birth, youth, adulthood, and sickness and death.

The Fountain of Life. Surrounding the fountain are sculptures showing the life stages – birth, youth, adulthood, and sickness and death.

Holding up the "Pillar of Life".

Holding up the “Pillar of Life”.

The Cirle of Life in the background.

The Circle of Life in the background.

Holmenkollen ski jump used in 1952 Winter Olympics.

Holmenkollen ski jump used in 1952 Winter Olympics.

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