Oslo’s Ekebergparken is a wide forested expanse overlooking the city from high above in the east. In addition to stunning views of Oslo and the fjord, it is also home to Oslo’s other statue park, where you’ll be able to mingle among and marvel at more sculptures than you can shake a marble stick at. The 40 works are placed here and there along trails through the woods, out in the open, even suspended from trees. The names of many of the artists will also ring a bell – Rodin, Dalí, Hirst, Vigeland, Renoir to name a few.
While all these works would be impressive on their own, there’s something very special about them finding their home here. There’s something distinct about the Norwegian character expressed over the entire area. The area is rich with history and as you’re strolling about you will also come across signs for burial mounds dating from the early Iron Age and into the Viking Age. These woods have long been a part of the local identity, the roots are deep and you’ll still find locals wandering about with you – “a walk in the woods” is even more Norwegian than cross-country skiing.
Do yourself a favor and spend some time relaxing at Ekebergparken. It’s an experience you’ll never forget. You can also start and/or end your exploring from this viewpoint, where you’ll find a close-up view of the heart of the city as well as the setting for The Scream by Edvard Munch (check out my article).