After our lunch at Café Hemma Hos, we trekked our way to the Kon-Tiki Museum. Note that I used the word “trek”. My friend Evie confidently told me that the museum is just 5 minutes away and a left turn from the café. It was a bluff. It was a good 20 minutes walk uphill, during which you must trust your tour guide and your gut that you are on the right track (and there are barely any signages).
The Kon-Tiki museum houses the raft and related materials (such as camera, maps) from the Kon-Tiki expedition. In 1947, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl believed that South American could have settled in Polynesia in pre-Columbia time. Together with six crew members (and a pet parrot), they built a raft and sailed across the Pacific Ocean for 101 days to test this theory.
What impressed me the most was how well the raft and all the supplies, maps were maintained, especially when they are half a century old and have been exposed to rough sea. At the museum, besides staring at the giant raft, there are documentaries illustrating the adventure and also the history of Polynesia. If you are an adventure buff, this is the place for you.
After the Kon-Tiki museum, while waiting for our bus, I spotted a little stall selling snacks and ice-cream, I decided I needed an ice-cream. Evie told me that if I ever want an ice-cream in Norway, it must be a Hennig Olsen – a family-owned Norwegian ice-cream company. Among the selection, I was drawn to this “salt and sweet” ice-cream. Similar to a Magnum, it has a crunchy milk chocolate coating (sweet). In the coating, they added cornflakes for crunch and of course, saltiness. Unlike the Magnum, the vanilla ice-cream was creamy and not overly sweet. For a commercial product, I was truly impressed by the taste and the quality.
The next stop for us was Vigeland Sculpture. Resides in Frogner Park, the Vigeland Sculpture features 212 bronze and granite sculptures by the famed Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (who also designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal). As you walk along the park, you will see human sculptures running, hugging, wrestling and so on. Personally, because the park was part of the tour, if not I don’t think I will purposely make the trip. It was alright for me, nothing that I particularly in awe with.
At the end of the day, I quite enjoy the bus ride around the city. It is hassle-free (unless like me, you bumped into Oslo Marathon), and you can plan the sights in accordance to your own schedule.Kon-Tiki Museum
(The museum is currently undergoing renovation, it will be partially open from February to March 2013)
Bygdøynesveien 36 – 0286 Oslo
Open daily except 24, 25, 31 of December, 1 January and 17 May
Opening hours: January, February, November, December: 10am – 4pm; March, April, September, October: 10am – 5pm; June, July: 9.30am – 6pm
Adult: 80NOK/S$18/US$14Vigeland Sculpture
Nobels Gate 32, N-0268 Oslo
Open daily, 24 hours