Come and check out Vigeland Park – the number one attraction in Oslo.
Vigelandsparken is unique. It belongs to everyone’s bucket list – no matter if you’re a Norwegian or not. If you have 2 hours in Oslo, just visit this park.
It’s a huge park – actually it’s the world’s largest sculpture park created by one and only artist. You will be amazed of Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). The park is open 24/7. They have also some lights so you can see most of the sculptures also in the darkness. You will find more than 200 skulptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland himself has been the architecture of this 320.000 meter2 park. The park was finished in 1949. Here is a spectacular drone video taken from the Vigelandsparken:
VISIT THE WORLD’S LARGEST SCULPTURE PARK – VIGELAND PARK IN OSLO
The park is divided into 5 units: The Main Portal, The Bridge with a kids area, Fontain, Monolith and Wheel of Life.
The most popular sculpture is the smallest one: Sinnataggen (The angry boy), only 83 cm tall. It is Vigeland’s most famous sculpture and many people want to grab his hand. Through they years this sculpture has been stolen but always been found afterwards.
At the highest point of Vigeland Park, the 17 meter tall Monolith, which consists of 121 figures, is cut out of a single granite block – hence the name. It took 3 sculptors 14 years to build the Monolith! Humans are sucked upwards toward the sky. Here we see vigil and mastery of despair, but also hope. Absolutely recommended to see.
WHERE IS THE SCULPTURE PARK LOCATED?
How to get there: Take tram Line 12 from Jernbanetorget to Vigelandsparken. The trip takes 15 minutes and the tram stops just outside of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949. Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.
Beside of the park, there is also a museum of Vigeland, where you have to pay to enter. We think that the park is much more important to visit than the museum, but if you want more insight about Vigeland you could consider to do that as well. You can check out more info on the Vigeland Museum’s Website.
Address: Nobels gate 32, 0268 Oslo
Wikipedia – Gustav Vigeland
How long time do I need in the Vigeland Park?
Do not rush while you visit the Vigeland Park. I recommend at least 1 hour. If you want to take lots of photos, you need more than 1-2 hours. Take some selfies with the angry boy and other famous sculptures.
When is the best time to visit the Vigeland Park?
Visit the park while it is dark. I have actually shown the park to international guests also when it is dark, and it’s still possible to see many of the sculptures. But the tallest sculptures at the end of the park don’t have the best light setting, and it’s a pity if you can’t see these amazing sculptures too. In the summer (May to September) I would say the best time to see the park is between 8am and 8pm. (In June-July you can visit it between 6am and 11pm since the brightness is at its best.) The most beautiful time of the year is autumn (September-October) when the trees are changing to red and yellow colors. It is also beautiful to go here in the summer when there are lots of flowers.
Can I swim in the Vigeland Park?
The Vigeland Park is connected to the Frogner Park. There is a huge olympic-sized swimming pool here. Frognerbadet is a very nice pool complex. It was designed by architect Frode Rinnan. Located adjacent to Frognerparken, it opened in 1956, and doubles as a public bath and swimming pool and a professional swimming venue. The festival Norwegian Wood used to be hosted within its premises.
Do I need to pay to enter the Frognerbadet?
Yes, the Frognerbadet is a paid swimming pool service. Adults: 150 NOK for 2 hours / 112,5 NOK for 1,5 hours
Kids (3–17 years): 25 NOK (alle time frames)
Students and retired: 105 NOK for 2 hours / 78,5 NOK for 1,5 hours
Check updated info on Frogerbadet’s official website.