Thinking Back…Oslo Highlights: Frogner Park (Vigeland Sculpture Garden), Grünerløkka, and the Opera House
Today’s blog post, I’m reminiscing again about my trip to Oslo, Norway. Norway isn’t just beautiful for the dramatic fjord landscapes, but Oslo’s architecture and art scene is a city for inspiration on its own. Today’s post will be reminiscing about Frogner Park and the Vigeland Sculpture Garden (and my favorite sculpture of all time), the Grunerlokka district, and the beautiful, sleek, modern Oslo Opera House. I’m a sucker for arts and architecture, so full disclosure, there will be a lot of that in this post ;).
1. Frogner Park aka Vigeland Sculpture Park
Frogner Park is actually Oslo’s number 1 tourist attraction, which surprised me, but I can definitely see why. Frogner Park is interesting because it’s a huge city park, that is also a major sculpture garden, the Vigeland Sculpture Garden mixed in as a permanent installation. The sculptures are refreshing and go through parenthood, being an adult, and great battles as well. My favorite statue is “Angry Boy” or in Norwegian Sinnataggen. We visited Norway in March, so the sun set early and we stumbled into park in the afternoon and were there during the “golden hour,” which made for awesome glimpses of the statues with a dramatic backdrop.
2. Grunerlokka aka “Hipster” Oslo
So Gunerlokka is an awesome district/neighborhood within Oslo where there’s a ton of street art, installation pieces, awesome cafes and coffee shops, and all the cool modern shops and even cooler thrift shops for some cheap Norwegian buys. Be sure to make a stop at Indigo, a sleek, unique coffee shop by day, and an awesome venue by night. Here are some of the sights from our time wandering through Gunerlokka (including a penis swan swimming along the canal).
3. The Oslo Opera House: Dramatic Modern Architecture
The Oslo Opera House is worth visiting just due to the modern, cool architecture. It’s a beautiful white stone island with a backdrop of modern, cool toned buildings. Walking around the building, with the waves crashing up against it as it sits as an island is a place you won’t likely forget. This is one of the places whose modernity and drama are breathtaking. Go wander around, listen to the water lap the foot of the opera house, and climb to the top to sit within modern infrastructure.
Full circle: Head to the Frogner Park for a picnic, followed by shopping and coffee sipping in the Gunerlokka, and head over for a change of pace to the modern, sleek Oslo Opera House.
Question of the day: Which of these 3 spots do you want to visit first?