From our apartment in Oslo, it was a short Metro ride to Town Hall and the harbour. We caught a small ferry across to the Bygdoy peninsula and the Viking ship museum. This is one I can remember reading about back in school. Three ships were found in farmer’s friends in the 1880s. They were complete Viking era ship burials from about 890 AD with elaborate wood carvings, textiles, wagons and sleds. Boy was very happy to hear this would be our last Viking museum, asking, “do we have to go see more Vikings? I don’t want to see any more ships.”
We continued on to the Norsk Folkemuseum, an outdoor living history museum, where we saw farm and town life from 1200 to 1950 AD. It’s highlight was the Stave Church from 1200, a Christian church, with Viking decorative elements. Boy groaned.