My Week in Art #18 – Art in Norway
Art in Norway – a trip to Oslo, Flam and Bergen.
For a really short trip, finding art in Norway was surprisingly easy. I wasn’t expecting Norway to have no art at all in terms of art, but the galleries we visited were vast and more than enough to satisfy on a first time trip. So the trip we took as super short, three nights and four days. I’ll definitely be going back at some point to see more art and other museums! But if you are there with really little time, here’s a brief bunch of tips to get the most art for your short stay.
Oslo – Sculpture Parks
These are free to walk around and they are awesome, even if you just spend a half hour or so and just see a couple of pieces it’s well worth the visit. When I was there, unfortunately, there was a lovely little bout of pouring rain so I didn’t get the most out of this but you could spend an entire day walking through, picnicking and so on… just lovely!
Flåm – All the nature
We got the train from Oslo to a train station between Oslo and Flåm. It was in the middle of the most stunning countryside, littered with waterfalls, rivers and lakes. We hired bikes and rode downhill all the way to Flåm which was amazing and perfect for lazy cyclists like myself! The bike trail is really well maintained the entire way and you never get lost as there’s just one road so it’s a perfect way to do a chunk of the “Norway in a nutshell” route and get a feel for the country side and views.
Once we arrived in Flåm you can walk around the perimeter of the port and climb the surrounding mountains. Flåm is basically just a massive port for tourists and a popular stop between Oslo and Bergen. It has quite an “international” atmosphere that I like as there’re tourists from all over the world with you. We took a boat out of the port the next day which was also stunning and dropped us off to catch the coach and then a train to Bergen, phew!
Bergen – KODE Gallery
Other than going to the top of Bergen to stare at the amazing view of the city surrounded by mountains and water, KODE gallery is definitely worth a visit. Split between four neighbouring building and other locations, it hosts a massive range of art from traditional painting, to design, sculpture, installation, music and more. I’ve added pictures of all the paintings I liked below to create a very mini KODE gallery of my own!
We flew back to the UK from Bergen airport, the airport is also so calm and modern, not like being in Heathrow or Gatwick. I do love a good “lesser frequented” quiet airport!
Other bits and more art in Norway:
Vist Sostrene Grene stores for actually affordable gifts, perfect if you like Tiger stores.
Take loads of sandwich bags for mooching the hotel breakfast buffets, saved us loads of money on food as Norway’s SO EXPENSIVE!
Illegal Burger in Oslo was amazing for veggie burgers and the rest…