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Nesoddtangen is a small town in the Norwegian county of Akershus. It is located on the tip of a peninsula in the Nesodden municipality, which is fitting since the name Nesoddtangen comes from three different words, “nes”, “odd”, and “tangen”, which all mean “small cape”. The town is home to approximately 12,000 people, most of whom work in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Oslo is just a few miles northeast of Nesoddtangen across Oslofjord, and is most often reached using the passenger ferry that runs between the two cities twice each hour. The official language of Norway is Norwegian and its official currency is the krone (NOK). Its time zone is UTC +1. The area of Norway that includes Nesoddtangen and Oslo has a humid continental climate, with mild summers and cold, snowy winters. Most winters it gets cold enough for parts of the fjord near Nesoddtangen to freeze, and in some years the entire fjord completely freezes over, though it is a rare occurrence.
Points of interests / things to see
Akershus Fortress and Castle is a fascinating historical site located in Oslo. It was constructed in the 1290s by King Haakon V of Norway in order to protect the city of Oslo. It is one of the most popular attractions in the Oslo area due to the many activities and sites that can be visited. Visitors are able to explore the fortress on their own or on an informative guided tour through areas such as the gunpowder tower. The entire fortress area is open to the public for exploration and picnics, and a trail is provided to learn about the nature, history, and architecture of the fortress. It is also possible to visit the 14th century Akershus Castle, including rooms that were used by Danish-Norwegian kings, dungeons, and spectacular halls. Other buildings on the site include the Castle church, the Royal Mausoleum, the Norwegian Resistance Museum, and the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum.Location: OsloHours: Akershus Fortress is open Mon through Fri 10:00 to 17:00 and Weekends 11:00 to 17:00 (May through August), closes at 16:00 on weekdays September through April; Akershus Castle is open Mon through Sat 10:00 to 16:00, Sun 12:00 to 16:00 (May through August) and Weekends 12:00 to 17:00 (September through April)Admission: General NOK 70, Seniors and students NOK 50, Children 6-18 NOK 30 for Akershus Castle; Akershus Fortress is freeWebsite: http://www.forsvarsbygg.no/festningene/Festningene/Akershus-festning/English/
The Munch Museum is an art museum that is dedicated to the works of famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. His works are considered to be part of the Symbolism and Expressionism art movements. His most famous work is “The Scream”, which depicts a figure screaming in agony beneath an orange sky. Munch created several different versions of this piece, including two pastel versions and two painted versions. One of the painted versions of this influential piece of art can be seen at the Munch Museum, which also contains approximately 28,000 other pieces by Munch. Its collection includes thousands of paintings, prints, and drawings, as well as 21 sculptures and several photographs taken by the artist. The museum also focuses on the life of the artist, and contains exhibits featuring many of his personal effects and tools as well as his private library. The museum also shows films related to this prominent Norwegian painter in addition to offering tours in both Norwegian and English. It also has a cafe that serves light meals and a shop full of fun souvenirs. Location: Tøyengata 53, OsloHours: Open Wed through Mon 11:00 to 17:00 (October through mid-June), daily 10:00 to 17:00 (mid-June through September)Admission: Adults 95 NOK, Concession 50 NOK, Children under 19 freeWebsite: http://www.munchmuseet.no/Dokument/For-English-visitors
The Vigeland Museum is a sculpture museum dedicated to famous Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, who designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal. Its collections feature many of his works, including woodcuts, drawings, photographs, and sketches in addition to his renowned sculptures. It also contains exhibits related to his life which include artifacts such as his letters and personal library, and preserves the flat he used that is located on what is now the third floor of the museum. In recent years, the museum has expanded its collections to include exhibitions featuring modern and contemporary art, especially video-based art, sculptures, and installations. The museum building itself is also considered to be a work of art since it is one of the best examples of neo-Classical architecture in Norway. Another popular attraction near the museum is the Vigeland Installation, also known as Vigeland Sculpture Park, which contains over 200 sculptures created by Vigeland from wrought iron, bronze, and granite. Vigeland also chose the architectural design and layout of the park, which is the most popular tourist attraction in Norway and the world’s largest sculpture park by a single artist. Location: Nobels gate 32, Oslo (Vigeland Museum) and Frogner Park, Oslo (Vigeland Installation)Hours: Open Tues through Sun 10:00 to 17:00 (May through August), Tues through Sun 12:00 to 16:00 (September through April)Admission: Adults NOK 60, Students, seniors, and children over 7 NOK 30, Children under 7 freeWebsite: http://www.vigeland.museum.no/en
One of the most interesting attractions near Nesoddtangen is the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. It contains several fascinating exhibitions related to three archaeological excavations in the region as well as other Viking artifacts. One of its major attractions is the Tune ship, the third best preserved Viking ship in the world, which was discovered in 1867 in a burial mound on a Norwegian farm. Inside the ship, archaeologists found a burial chamber that contained the remains of a man, burial gifts, and his weaponry. The ship itself is thought to have been built around 900 AD. The museum’s Oseberg ship was also found in a burial mound in 1903 and was used for the burial of two women in the 9th century. Artifacts found at the site include tapestries, burial gifts, farm equipment, clothes, shoes, carved animal heads, beds, and the remains of several animals. The ship likely belonged to an important person due to its extensive ornamentation including beautiful carvings. Another popular display is the Gokstad ship, also constructed in the 9th century, which was discovered in 1880. It was used as the burial site of a rich man who died in battle. Items in the burial chamber include a board game, fish hooks, and wall hangings made from silk and gold thread.Location: Huk Aveny 35, OsloHours: Open daily 9:00 to 18:00 (May through September), 10:00 to 16:00 (October through April)Admission: Adults NOK 60, Students and seniors NOK 35, Children un 16 NOK 30, Children under 6 freeWebsite: http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/index.html
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design was recently created due to the merger of several Norwegian national museums located in Oslo. A new building to unite the various collections at one site is under construction, so the museum is still located at its four original sites. Art exhibitions are displayed at the National Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and feature modern art, contemporary art, and a large collection of 19th century Norwegian sculptures and paintings. Some of the most famous pieces in the art collections include “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch and “The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away”, an installation by contemporary artist Ilya Kabakov. The National Museum - Architecture is home to several fascinating architectural collections that focus on the works of Norwegian architects through the use of informative displays using drawings, models, and photographs. The final location is the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, which focuses on design and crafts throughout history. Its collections include Greek vases and East Asian art as well as exhibits related to fashion, textiles, furniture, glass, ceramics, and silverware.Locations: Universitetsgata 13 (National Gallery), Bankplassen 4 (Contemporary Art), Bankplassen 3 (Architecture), St. Olavs gate 1 (Decorative Arts and Design)Hours: Open Tues through Sun 11:00 to 17:00, hours vary slightly depending on museumWebsite: http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/en/
The Norwegian Folk Museum is one of the largest open-air museums in all of Europe. It features over 150 traditional houses from all over Norway that introduce visitors to daily life in various time periods and regions of Norway. One of its most popular buildings is the Stave Church which dates back to 1200. Indoor exhibits include a wide array of fascinating items, including traditional handicrafts, folk costumes, toys, weapons, and artifacts from the Sami culture. The museum also often hosts fun activities such as folk dances, handicraft demonstrations, and horse and carriage rides.Location: Museumsveien 10, OsloHours: Open daily 10:00 to 18:00Website: http://www.norskfolkemuseum.no/en/
The Ibsen Museum is a site dedicated to the history of famous 19th century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who wrote works such as “A Doll’s House” and “Hedda Gabler”. The primary attraction at the museum is Ibsen’s final home in Oslo, which has been restored to look as it did when he lived there, complete with the original furniture, fixtures, and interior decorations. Visitors are able to tour the library, dining room, parlors, and study, as well as view displays about his life and works.Location: Henrik Ibsens gate 26, OsloHours: Guided tour only, daily 11:00 to 16:00 (mid-September through mid-May) and 18:00 (mid-May through mid-September) on the hourAdmission: Adults NOK 85, Students and seniors NOK 60, Children NOK 25, Children under 6 freeWebsite: http://www.norskfolkemuseum.no/en/Related-units/The-Ibsen-Museum/
The Fram Museum is a spectacular museum dedicated to the history of Norwegian polar exploration. Its most famous exhibit is the Fram, a Norwegian ship that was used in Arctic and Antarctic explorations between 1893 and 1912. It has sailed farther north and south than any other wooden ship in history. Visitors are able to see the ship as well as go on board and see the interior where the explorers survived the coldest places on earth. The museum also contains a number of other fascinating exhibits, as well as a polar simulator that allows you to experience the cold they faced.Location: Bygdøynesveien 36, OsloHours: Open daily from 10:00 to 16:00, hours vary slightly depending on seasonAdmission: Adults NOK 80, Seniors NOK 50, Children and students NOK 30Website: http://www.frammuseum.no/
One of the most popular urban parks in Oslo is Birkelunden, located near the beautiful Neo-Gothic Paulus Church. Every Sunday, the park hosts an open-air market that is always full of unique items. Birkelunden also has a music pavilion that is used for festivals and concerts and a small pool. As you enjoy the gorgeous Norwegian weather, take a stroll through the park past its many monuments, including an impressive monument to Norwegian volunteers who took part in the Spanish Civil War. As you leave the park, be sure to stop by Paulus Church and see its fantastic altarpiece decorated with gold trim and adorned with angels as well as its organ that dates back to the 1890s.
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How to get there ?
By plane: The nearest airport to Nesoddtangen is Oslo Airport (OSL), Norway’s busiest airport. It is an international airport that provides services to over 150 airports throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America. It is approximately 1.5 hours from Nesoddtangen by ferry and car or bus. Website: http://www.osl.no/en/oslTwo other popular airports that serve the Oslo area are Sandefjord Airport, Torp (TRF) and Moss Airport, Rygge (RYG). Both airports provide flights to cities throughout Norway and Europe. Sandefjord Airport is located approximately 130 km from Nesoddtangen, while Moss Airport is only 60 km from the town. Websites: http://www.torp.no/Default.aspx?Language=EN&pkMenu=131 and http://www.en.ryg.no/By ferry: The easiest way to reach Oslo and its many tourist attractions from Nesoddtangen is by ferry across Oslofjord. Passenger ferries run between the two locations twice each hour.By train: There are several different companies that provide train services in Norway. Visitors to Nesoddtangen can easily reach the town via Oslo, which is connected to several Norwegian cities by the railway network. More information regarding Norwegian train travel can be found on the InterRail website.Website: http://www.interrail.eu/trains-europe/trains-country/trains-norwayBy bus: Norway has an extensive bus network that links many Norwegian and international cities. The country’s largest bus operator is Nor-Way Bussekspress, which provides information regarding routes and fares on its website.Website: http://www.nor-way.no/
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