The Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

The Viking Ship museum was, as I’d suspected, a fairly small museum given the large crowds it attracts. It does however contain the world’s best preserved Viking ship that makes quite an impressive spectacle on entering the building. I also liked the viewing platforms which meant you could get a better overview of the ships (and better pictures not distorted by crowds).

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I found the Oseberg ship notable not only because 90% of the reconstructed ship is made from original timber but also because in 834 it was a burial ship for two prosperous women. It really is a beautiful, if simple, ship.

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The Tune ship was found on a farm near Fredrikstad in 1867 and was the first Viking ship to be excavated. It may not look like it, but it is still the third best preserved ship in the world.

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The Gokstad ship was discovered in 1879. It was used for the burial of a rich man who died around 900AD; the ship itself was probably built around 850AD.

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As well as the ships there are some artefacts on display as well, though sadly not all the burial gifts from the ships were recovered, as in many cases robbers had got there first.

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It’s a nice little museum, especially if you are interested in Viking history, but if anything this trip has highlighted that Norway is much more than just Vikings.

More of my photos from the museum can be found here.

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