In focus: Vigeland Park in Frognerparken, Oslo, Norway

Vigeland Park in Frognerparken, Oslo, NorwayIf I had to pick one attraction  to recommend in Oslo, it would be Vigeland Park in Frognerparken.

Only minutes by trik (tram) from the centre of Oslo, this unique outdoor sculpture park features more than 200 statues by the renowned Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland (1872-1943). Made of bronze, cast iron and granite, these captivating statues in the human form explore themes of  life, death, relationships and humanity.
While each statue can be admired for technical composition and realistic human expression, I was most impressed by the haunting effect of walking past statue after statue through the stunning frozen parkland.

Vigeland Park, Frognerparken, Oslo, Norway

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Where: Frognerparken (Frogner Park), enter via Kirkeveien, Oslo.

How: You can catch the trik from the centre of Oslo. Number 12 will take you all the way to Frogner Stadion, from where you just cross the road to enter the park.Single tickets or cards that can be topped up with credit can be purchased from a 7 Eleven store anywhere in the city. A ride will cost 27Nok and each validation (touch the machine inside the tram with your card) will let you travel as much as you want within the hour.

Cost: Absolutely free to enter the park.

Info: You can find out more about the park and the nearby Vigeland Museum here.

Vigeland Park, Frognerparken, Oslo, Norway. Photo by D. Clarke

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28 thoughts on “In focus: Vigeland Park in Frognerparken, Oslo, Norway

    1. I’m surprised how well I’m handling the cold (although there have been times I thought my face would actually crack and fall off). Think you would love it here. It’s so beautiful. Everything, even the roads and paths, is covered in ice so it all glistens when you get a moment of sunlight.

    1. Hey, yes cold for me, warm by Norwegian standards apparently. It was a bit of a shock to the system originally but I’m getting the hang of it now with the wool thermals, jeans, shirt, cardi, jumper, scarf, snow jacket, double gloves, beanie, wool shoe inners and thick socks. It takes forever to get dressed but the right clothes make all the difference once outside.

      1. This is fairly mild, yes, you can expect temperatures at least down to -15C in the winter in Oslo. But don’t worry, even at -15C your face won’t fall off.

      2. Hi James, Yes I’m glad I had a mild introduction to the climate as this is really my first expererience of a winter city. I’m now up in Kleivstua, where is is snowing and much colder. Last night when I checked it was -8C but I’m sure it got colder after that. So lovely though! Thanks for the reassurance about my face – glad to hear I will be able to play in the cold and still keep it!

  1. Great photographs Nic and best of luck with your travels. My husband and I travelled for 6 months just after we got married and it was just brilliant – especially when you have someone to share it with! We decided after that trip that we would one day live abroad and we have now lived in Oslo for two and a half years. Happy travelling! Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah, Thanks for the comment. I agree that having someone to travel with is lovely. This is the first time Dave and I have done a trip together and it has been wonderful so far. It is only just starting to sink in that we still have months to go! Oslo is an amazing city, I’m not surprised you decided to live here. I have met many expats here already. Cheers, Nic

    1. Thanks Tom and Mary! Both Dave and I are really enjoying just walking and photographying Norway. The cold is becoming more liveable as the days pass – mostly because we’re getting the hang of wearing the right clothes at the right times I think. Miss you too xoxo

  2. Lovely statues.
    With nobody else around in any of the photos it looks like some abandoned, frozen city you’ve discovered.

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