Long Weekend in Oslo – Day 3

This was one tough week! Four days of 12-hour work days and to top this off I chipped my tooth filling on Friday and had to go to the dentist. Luckily I managed to get an appointment right away and one hour later I had two fixed cavities, half of my face numb, and a nice 203€ bill in hand. So not that many chances to finish the Oslo travel report during the week, but luckily it’s weekend now.

On our last day in Oslo we slept in and then again took advantage of the great hotel breakfast, then slowly packed and checked out of the hotel. The hotel has a late check-out on Sundays, so we didn’t have to check-out until 4 p.m., but we wanted to visit the Astrup Fearnley Museum and weren’t sure if we get back in time for the check-out, so we did it around 1 p.m. and left our luggage in the hotel storage room.

The Astrup Fearnley Museum is located in the Tjuvholmen area near the sea and the building itself is gorgeous.

Astrup Fearnley Museum
Astrup Fearnley Museum

The entrance ticket to the museum cost 100NOK (11,20€) The permanent exhibition is housed in the right side of the building and there was a temporary exhibition Love Story – Works from Erling Kagge’s Collection. We started from the temporary exhibition and I must say that it wasn’t my cup of tea at all. I think that I basically liked one piece of art in the entire building called “Keys to the City” where a woman was wearing a trench coat and on the inside of the coat was a crowbar, bolt cutters and other tools. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the artwork. Most of the artwork in the temporary exhibition were rather abstract and made no sense to me without an explanation of the idea behind the artwork. Although sometimes even the background for the artwork seemed to be rather far-fetched.

One example from Love Story – Works from Erling Kagge’s Collection exhibition

The permanent exhibition was another story altogether. I loved it! It had many interesting works and made the visit to the museum totally worthwhile.

Eulogy by Damien Hirst (2008)
God Alone Knows by Damien Hirst (2007)
Mother and Child (Divided) by Damien Hirst (1993)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter by Damien Hirst (2002-2003)
London Calling by Tom Sachs (2004)
The High Priestess/Zweistromland by Anselm Kiefer (1985-1989)
Ladder to the Sky by Anselm Kiefer (1990-1991)

After the museum we walked a bit around Tjuvholmen where there are an outdoors bath and some artworks also outside.

Right outside of Astrup Fearnley Museum
Tjuvholmen beach right next to Astrup Fearnley
‘Rudolph the chrome nosed reindeer’ by Magne Furuholmen

We were planning on having something to eat at the hotel’s restaurant Paleo, which has good reviews on TripAdvisor, but it turned out that it is closed on Sundays. We didn’t think to check, because we assumed that the hotel restaurant is open every day, but it proved once again that you should never assume anything. 🙂 We tried a couple of other places nearby, but they were also closed, so we ended up having a sandwich at a deli nearby, which I cannot recommend. The food was really nothing special, but at least we got something to eat before heading to the airport. I was hoping that there might be a good cafe at the Oslo Gardemoen airport, but there wasn’t anything good there either, so if you’re in the city on a Sunday, you should definitely plan ahead and look up a restaurant, which is open.

We went back to the airport the same way we came i.e. walked to Oslo Sentralstasjon and took a Flytoget train back to the airport. You buy tickets for the train in the central station lobby next to the exit to the platforms and there are really clear signs towards the Flytoget. The tickets are not swiped or checked before boarding the train, but there are gates at the airport train stop and you need to swipe the ticket there to open the gate and to get to the airport.

All in all, I’d say that three days is enough to see the main sights of Oslo and we took the three days rather easy as we woke up late and certainly didn’t have a packed schedule. We were also treated to a really nice weather as all days were +20-25°C, which is a perfect temperature for a city holiday. There were certainly tourists in Oslo in August, but I can’t say that the place was packed, so we had a really nice time in Oslo.

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