I walked past this cemetery almost daily for 2 years before realizing how special it is for Norwegian history. This is a beautiful and quiet green space just north of the center of town, and hidden right in the middle are the graves of Norway’s most famous and honored historical figures. Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Munch, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and other artists and public figures are all buried side by side.
I was particularly surprised as I’ve spent much of the past few years (in my PhD research) working with a museum exhibit about Munch – only to realize that his resting place lays just around the corner from my apartment. Look at the maps posted next to the entrance gates for the names of locations of all of the historical figures. I usually see locals sitting on the benches reading or walking their dogs, and this is a great place to appreciate some history or just take a quiet walk.
Vår Frelsers Gravlund | Art & culture, Relaxing | Free
24 hours daily