Today we were busy sightseeing in Oslo! This morning we were helped out by our tour guide, Jane, who drove with us around the city. She was full of interesting historical tidbits for us as we took in the sights. Although it rained on and off all day, we were lucky that most of the time we were outside, the rain was light. Our first real stop was the Viking Museum, with three real Viking ships which were used as burial tombs for Viking nobles. Then we went to the Norwegian Folk Museum, which reminded us a bit of Old World Wisconsin, as we were led on an outdoor tour through multiple buildings including a schoolhouse, house, farm and Stave church. The buildings were built anywhere from 1200 to 1800. A definite highlight of this museum was the homemade lefse, which was much thicker than the lefse we have at Christmas and very delicious (we have a copy of the recipe!). Our final stop with Jane was the City Hall, which is where they award the Nobel Peace Prize each year.
After saying goodbye to our tour guide, we headed to the newly finished opera house. It is located partially in the Oslo fjord, and resembles an iceberg! It was very cool to walk on the slanted rod of and get another spectacular view of Oslo and the fjords. We finished up our day of touring with Vigeland sculpture park, which hosts about 212 sculptures all of nude people. It was interesting to say the least!!
On our own for dinner tonight, we all took a long walk this evening to enjoy the summer weather. It seems to never get dark here, as we are getting ready for bed at nearly 11 and it looks outside to be around 8. With our long day of touring, we definitely are exhausted and hope to sleep well despite the brightness before moving onto Stavanger in the morning. We have loved Oslo but are looking forward to seeing the countryside!