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Discover the viking heritage at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway - Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt
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Discover the viking heritage at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt

Follow in the footsteps of Norwegian explorers

From Vikings to Arctic explorers and Kon-Tiki, Norway has a long tradition of seafarers. Explore the fascinating adventures as a meeting incentive.

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In Oslo, three great museums dedicated to Norway’s intriguing history of explorers are all within walking distance, making it easy to combine them on one and the same day.

The Viking Ship Museum

The first Norwegian explorers were the infamous Vikings, who have gained a reputation as ruthless raiders – but also as skilled ship-builders, craftsmen, traders and storytellers. Get the whole picture at the Viking Ship Museum, which houses an impressive amount of jewellery, tools and vehicles. The museum also has two of the best preserved Viking ships in the world, built in the 9th century.

Arctic explorations and the Fram ship

In the 1800s and early 1900s, Roald Amundsen and Frithiof Nansen made history with their spectacular journeys to the South Pole and the Northeast Passage along the coast of Siberia, respectively. The wooden ship Fram, which was used in both journeys, still holds the record for sailing farthest north and farthest south.

At the Fram Museum, you can go on board to experience how the crew and their dogs lived in the Arctic and the Antarctic – two of the coldest and most dangerous places on earth.

Kon-Tiki and Pacific explorations

The last stop is to the Kon-Tiki Museum, where you find the original vessels from Thor Heyerdahl’s renowned expeditions, revived to world-wide fame once again in 2012 with the Oscar-winning film Kon-Tiki. Heyerdahl is also famous for crossing the Pacific Ocean on a raft in 1947 and for discovering the Easter Island with its huge statues.

Practical information

The excursion can be enjoyed all year. It is suitable for groups of all types and sizes and makes a welcome break from your business meetings. Allow at least half a day to get the most out of the three museum visits.

Price indication (2014): The combined entrance fee to all three museums is NOK 230 per person.

Find out more

Most of the incentive programmes the Oslo Convention Bureau puts together for their clients are tailor-made, so do not hesitate to get in touch with them so they can help you plan your event.

Oslo Convention Bureau - VisitOSLO 
Phone: +47 23 10 62 00
Website: visitoslo.com/meetings 
Email: congress@visitoslo.com

You can also contact staff at Oslo Convention Bureau directly.

Last updated:  2014-07-04
The great explorer Roald Amundsen in front of the Fram ship at the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway - Photo: VisitOSLO/Gunnar Strøm
The great explorer Roald Amundsen in front of the Fram ship at the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway
Detail of the Kon-Tiki ship that Thor Heyerdahl used to sail across the Pacific Ocean - Photo: VisitOSLO/Gunnar Strøm
Detail of the Kon-Tiki ship that Thor Heyerdahl used to sail across the Pacific Ocean
One of the viking ships on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo - Photo: Johan Berge - Visitnorway.com
One of the viking ships on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo

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