Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Vigeland Parken Oslo, Norway

When researching activities to do and sights to see in preparation for my trip to Norway, I came across Frogner Parken. This park is also referred to as the sculpture park or Vigeland Parken to the Norge peeps! The sculpture section in Frogner Parken was all created by the same artist, it covers 80 acres and because of this it is the largest of its kind in the entire world! This clearly stood out to me as the top attraction in the whole country of Norway. The fact that there is no entrance fee makes it that much more enticing to visit, and I'm sure helps drive in the 1-2 million people who visit it annually.


The park is located about 2.5 miles from downtown Oslo, and with the wonderful sun shining almost the entire time I was in Norway I decided to bundle up and make the trek by foot. 

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At one end of the park you will find a bridge that is lined with statues on both sides engaged in various poses and movements. After you take in all the different emotions occuring in this space you will continue to the other end of the park. This part of the park features statues carved completely in stone. The artist really paid attention to detail and added life like wrinkles, muscle, and fat to each statue. One statue gave me the shivers because the look on his bearded face was so realistic. Some of them are very strange, but the one that is located in the center of them all is to be noted. This one looks similar to a totem pole and was carved out of one solid piece of stone. The intricacy of this statue is amazing. The bodies carved into it are going every which way, and are made up of all different ages. Something that definitely needs a moment or two to admire. DSCF3477 DSCF3479 DSCF3483 DSCF3546 DSCF3540 DSCF3548

Helene in Between
Thanks to Helene in between for hosting such a fun link up. I can't believe the first Travel Tuesday I am linking up with is also the last (since the linkup is being put on hold for now) Sad face. I am happy that I am finally able to take part even if it's only this one time though!

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Laura Side Street said...

Oh wow I would love to travel to Norway - it's on my must do list and this park looks amazing - I love the sculptures - really inspirational.

Just popping over from the Travel Tuesday linky

Laura x

ifs ands Butts said...

Hey! So glad I found your blog through Travel Tuesdays! I love finding other expats. Do you know MeganStarr.com - she is in Oslo, too! I'm in Germany, but still love reading all about Scandinavia, I'm dying to visit!

Helene said...

thanks so so much for linking up! (sorry it's the last one!! ) what neat statues! I have never visited norway I would love to go!

emi said...

okay--norway has been at the top of my list forever, now even more so! great blog! XO
the well-traveled wife

SeattleSarahSpeaks said...

Well I don't know if I would call myself an expat. I was only there for a week! :-) that is so awesome youre in germany! That country has moved up on my list to visit in the near future. Thanks for stopping by!

SeattleSarahSpeaks said...

Well I'm just glad I got one shot out of it at least ;-) thanks for having such a fun link up. Hopefully it will resurface someday.

SeattleSarahSpeaks said...

It's a definite must see when you do make it over there! Thanks for stopping by!