12 August 2011

Third day in Oslo

Visiting Norsk Folkemuseum -
the Open-Air Museum.

The museum was built to preserve the Norwegian cultural heritage,
also commonly used items from everyday life.

This is the view from the parsonage.

School house built 1866-67.

Stave Church ca. 1200.
The name refers to the vertical staves -
pillars supporting the roof.

Loft built in the 1750s. The size and rich ornamentation
indicates that this was the loft of a large and wealthy farm.

The Hove house built in 1738 to accommodate guests
and celebrate special events.
The girl was actually playing a Finnish folk song.

Farm from Setesdal. 
Farms were usually placed on steep hill sides.
Farm yards consisted of two rows of houses.
In the upper row were lofts and dwelling houses.
In the lower row were barns and buildings for livestock.

In the open-hearth houses, the fire was centered on the dirt floor.
All cooking was done here. The smoke filled the upper
part of the room before it was let out through a vent
in the ceiling. Generally houses like this were used during
the Middle Ages, but in Setesdal they were used until
the beginning of the 19th century.

Grinding coffee beans in Numedal.

Folk dancers in traditional Telemark clothes.

The Viking Ships Museum.

This is the Oseberg Ship, found in 1904.
The sleighs, animal head posts and other treasures 
were all found buried with this ship.

The Gokstad Ship, excavated in 1880.

The burial chamber from the Gokstad ship.

The Oseberg ship again.

The Kon-Tiki Museum

This is Ra II, the reed boat Thor Heyerdahl and his crew
sailed from Morocco to Barbados with in 1970.
8 men, 57 days, 6100 km. Nuts and raisin in 
clay vessels and water in goatskins.

This is Kon-Tiki, the balsa raft they drifted with 
from Peru to Polynesia in the Humboldt Current
in 1947. Six men, 101 days, 8000 km.
Plenty of fresh fish in the sea.

To celebrate the last day in Oslo -
a wonderful dinner at Kafé Celsius.




Christiania torv and Kafé Celsius.


  1. Roar! I can imagine the Vikings lurking around this place with these unique structures around. They can be eye-popping, especially the Stave Church! They are old, but they hold stories that must be shared. I'm so jealous of you for being able to witness their culture and history.

    1. Thank you so much for visiting Elwood! I've been in Oslo before, but it was just as awesome this time!

  2. Those are really beautiful photos! What I love the most from these photos is the view from the parsonage. The window glass had an amazing effect in regulating just the right amount of light inside. This place seems peaceful. I hope that I will get a chance to go to a place as peaceful as this.


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