Discover the Scandinavian Kingdom of Norway! This country in Northern Europe fascinates with its natural landscapes with deep fjords that form a 25,000 kilometer long Atlantic coast, mountain ranges and barren plateaus. The numerous small towns in Norway inspire mainly because of the warm-heartedness of the people. Not to be missed is the capital Oslo, the seat of the royal residence, parliament and a large port city. Here you can visit various sights, such as the Oslo City Hall, the Royal Castle, the Munch Museum or Akershus Castle. But don’t forget the other well-known cities such as Bergen with St. Mary’s Church, the Bryggen Hanseviertel or the art museum; Trondheim with the Nidaros Cathedral, the Kristiansten Fortress and the Palace of the Heart Bishop, or the city of Stavanger with Stavanger Cathedral, the Norwegian Oil Museum, the port of Stavanger or the Old Stavanger. Take a study trip through Norway!
Frognerpark is located in Oslo, the capital of Norway. It is very popular with both city residents and vacationers who visit the park during their travels. The park also has a lot to offer when it comes to study trips. It is open to the public and belongs to the Frogner estate, which dates back to the 18th century.
Cast iron grilles at the entrance attract a lot of attention. The lantern attachments are also worth seeing.
This large, idyllic complex extends over an area of around 300 hectares, and visitors will find both extensive green spaces and the Vigeland Sculpture Park. The many old trees, including linden and walnut trees, give the park a very special atmosphere. There are also magnificent magnolias to be seen here. Another attraction of the park is the extensive rose collection, which includes 150 different species. It is the largest collection of roses in the country, because there are around 14,000 blooming roses in this green area every year.
The Vigeland Sculpture Park
A visitor magnet within the Frogner Park is the unique sculpture park.
There are more than 200 figures by the Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland here. These are supposed to represent the cycle of human life. Vigeland made the elaborate figures with the help of various materials. The expressive works were created between 1907 and 1942. In the middle of the sculptures is a monolith made of granite. 121 figures were carved into this column by the sculptor and artist Vigeland. The monolith has a height of 14 meters. Various sculptures were grouped around the column by the artist.
The Frognerpark has both beautiful green spaces and impressive works of art to offer, which makes a visit to this complex a unique event.
Bergen and Troldhaugen
Wild and romantic nature and Scandinavian culture: you can experience both in the old trading town of Bergen!
In Bergen, the port city in southern Norway, the cruise ships make a stopover on their way to the North Cape. Anyone who comes to Bergen on a journey through Scandinavia – by ship or overland – will like to take a day or two to rest, stroll along the harbor promenade and visit one or the other museum. A walk in the surrounding area is also worthwhile. Music lovers will take the opportunity to stop by the house of the most famous Norwegian composer. Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was born in Bergen, and the villa in which he lived with his wife Nina (1845-1935) for many years has been a museum since 1928.
A visit to the “Troll Hill”
The Edvard-Grieg-Haus is outside Bergen in the Fana district. It was built in 1885 on a hill above the Nordasvannet River, and Edvard Grieg called the villa “Troldhaugen”, meaning “Troll Hill”. The original furnishings have largely been preserved. The most valuable memento is likely to be the Steinway grand piano that Edvard and Nina received for their silver wedding anniversary in 1892. Since 1995 there has been a modern museum building next to the villa, in which a permanent exhibition is shown.
In the garden of the “Troll Hill”
Those in charge of the museum made sure that the garden around the villa could be preserved as true to the original as possible. Of course, visitors to the museum are happy to take a stroll through the garden. The path leads past the grave of the Grieg couple and down to the Nordasvannet River. On the bank of the river there is a wooden house about the size of a summer house: the “composer’s hut”, in which Edvard Grieg composed many of his works.
Concerts, souvenir shop, café
During the summer (mid-May to the end of November), a half-hour concert with works by Grieg will be given every day at 1 p.m. in the museum’s new concert hall. And if you want to hear more music by Grieg at home, buy a CD in the museum’s souvenir shop! There is also a wide selection of books and posters available in the shop. And then maybe there will still be time for a rest in the museum café – if the weather is nice, on the terrace!
The Edvard Grieg Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer season (May 1 to September 30), otherwise daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter break is only over Christmas.