And, for serious hauling in this bicycle-oriented community, a shop offers large carriers on the front of bicycles.
We're only a short distance from the center of Oslo, but we're passing through fields and farms just across the harbor from the center of town. The population of around 670 thousand people hasn't grown in this direction.
Across the harbor
The Viking Ship Museum is part of the University of Oslo (along with the Museum of Cultural History which holds a collection of over one and one half million objects dating from the Stone Age to recent times). The Viking Ship Museum has the world's best-preserved Viking ships, once used as ocean-going vessels and later drawn up on land to be used as burial ships. The museum holds three burial ships and the unique artifacts retrieved from the sites where the ships were found.
The Oseberg Ship
The Gokstad Ship
The Tune Ship
The Oseberg Ship was built around 820 and in 834 was used as a burial ship for two powerful women, with a rich collection of burial gifts, including elaborate sleighs, a wooden cart, carved animal head posts, beds, and the skeletons of 15 horses, six dogs, and two cows. The Gokstad and Tune Ships were built around 900 and used as burial ships approximately 10 years later.
Burial gifts in the ships
The road outside the museum leads us to the ferry terminal that will carry us across the harbor, back toward the center of town. This part of Oslo contains incredible homes lining the street leading to the ferry.
View from the fortress
Leaving Oslo on the ship, we get great views of summer and weekend cottages on the islands in the Oslo Fjord outside the city, in addition to a beautiful sunset.
The day winds down