In the freezing cold weather we headed to the Bygdoy peninsula by ferry. Bygdoy is in the western part of Oslo and houses some of the most popular museums in Norway. It is a beautiful neighborhood that has architectural character and beautiful walking paths. We first visited the Fram Museum, named after the Fram ship expedition to the South Pole. We were able to board the ship and see how the expedition scientist lived while in journey. Led by explorer Fridtjof Nansen, the ship was the first to travel through the Arctic Ocean and reach the pole.
We then walked across the street to the Kon Tiki Museum. Kon tiki was a raft built in 1947 by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl who sought to prove that people in South America discovered the Polyneisan Islands before Christopher Columbus did and they did so with simple rafts. The Kon Tiki expedition used a raft made from balsa tree trunks and other materials only available during the time before Columbus.
After the museum we stopped for lunch at our next museum, the Norwegian Folk museum. This was a mini village chronicling the development of Norwegian lifestyle. From dress to art to architecture, the museum walks you through all the different times. The outdoor cabins were particularly interesting to see. Shortly after we finished there we continued to the Viking Ship museum.
The Viking ship museum was something truly unique. We were able to see three real viking ships that were excavated in the early 1900s. They dated back to 800 AD and remained fairly in tact. Vikings lived in the Scandinavian countries of Noway, Sweden and Denmark throughout 500-900 AD. It is from their artifacts such as clothes and silks that we learn how to crochet and embroider.
The last museum was the Holocaust Memorial Center which commemorates the Norweigen Jews who perished in the war. As always, these types of museums are difficult to see. But we will never forget!
After taking the ferry back to Oslo center we went to dinner at a super trendy and hip Indian restaurant called ketchup and Curry. We practically inhailed our food and we all agreed that it was so delicious and filling. We returned to the hotel early to pack and get ready for tomorrow.