Oslo, Norway – Christmas Day, Part 2

I left Frogner Park and started walking toward the Munch Museum.  The Munch Museum was a few miles away on the other side of the city and rather than taking public transportation, I wanted to walk there. I had a vague idea of which direction I needed to walk and so I started marching on my way.  One of the things about wandering on Christmas Day is that you get a different view of the city that you’re exploring.  Oslo being a major city in Norway, you would expect the streets to be filled with people which it probably is on any other day of the year. But on Christmas Day, the streets of Oslo were essentially empty except for the occasional person walking to a friend’s house or the one or two tour groups I stumbled upon. There were hardly any cars on the street, hardly any people and it was eerily creepy but peaceful at the same time.

Walking through the city without anyone else really gives you a different perspective on the city and gives you a chance to see it in a way many other people may never see it. There were a few tour groups around that I found at various locations but they were small and pretty focused around the city center. Otherwise, I just walked through a predominantly quiet city.

I got lost on my way to the Munch Museum which required me to stop on a street corner and constantly recalibrate.  One of the good things about Google Maps is that if you have your wifi on, you can get an idea of where you are and get an idea of where you need to go without actually utilizing data to figure it out.  That being said, you obviously won’t be able to get full directions and it requires you to just at least get an idea of where you need to head but there’s no way to get the exact locations.  Also, it really only works with places you have saved or major attractions. I eventually found myself at a park where the National History Museum was located and had to find my way through the park to get to the Munch Museum. It took me awhile but I finally found my way through the park and ended up at a tiny white building near the Botanical Museum and saw the sign for the Munch Museum.  After being out for about 4 hours and wandering through Oslo, I finally found the museum.  I wanted to see “The Scream” in person and I had read that the museum was open every day of the year from 10AM – 4PM and so I thought that I would get the chance wander through the museum. Unfortunately, that was not the case.  They were closed Christmas Day. So one thing to be careful of if you decide to travel on these major holidays, you need to call ahead of time or see if your hotel can confirm that places are open. After being very disappointed that all the wandering to find this museum led me to a closed museum, I started making my way back to city center to see the sunset over the fjords.

As I made my way back, I stumbled upon some great artwork, murals and awesome buildings throughout the entire city.  If I hadn’t gotten so lost the entire time, I wouldn’t have been able to see these great little treasures around the city and I’m really glad I got a chance to see Oslo from the different perspective and see some different characteristics of the city that were off the main tourist path.

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