Before I had to rush off to Trondheim I had just enough time to drop by the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is currently undergoing some external renovations but otherwise seems to be fine. Again this is another small art museum in Oslo. It only has two floors and I was given the impression that the ground floor is used for temporary exhibits while the second floor contains more permanent pieces of artwork. It took me about an hour to work my way through the whole museum.
I admit that this was the first time I had ever tried using any sort of gramophone so I had fun playing around with it.
Most of the modern art on the ground floor was a bit beyond my comprehension, but I enjoyed a number of the works on the top floor. Some of the artists on display included Karl Holmqvist, Tomory Dodge, Kerry James Marshall, and Marlene Dumas. I think that I would have appreciated the museum a bit more if there was a tour that I could have taken, but at the price of 30 NOK I was still pretty happy with my visit.
Overall I had a really fabulous time in Oslo and look forward to the next time I get to visit. Believe it or not there are still some Oslo museums on my bucket list.
If I haven’t mentioned this before, I am a HUGE Lonely Planet fan. I am the kind of traveller who reads all of Lonely Planet, takes notes, and then packs it with her on the eventual trip. Lonely Planet is basically my travel Bible. If you have ever had the pleasure of opening a Lonely Planet guidebook, you know that pretty much the first thing you will read is a list of top experiences in your travel country. One of the many reasons why I was really excited for my roundabout journey to Trondheim was that I would be experiencing at least four of this top experiences on my trip. Today that experience was the Oslo-Bergen Railway, or a seven hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen. Now I know that a seven hour trip sounds insane, especially when a flight between the two cities would take less than an hour, but it is often called one of the most beautiful train rides in the world (and as of right now I’m inclined to agree).
Yup, those seven hours didn’t look too bad at all. In other exciting news, I am now in Bergen! Bergen is Norway’s second biggest city and is surrounded by mountains and fjords, in other words it is beautiful. Because we got in late I can’t really report much else, but here are a few more pics.