The Frogner Park is a hidden jewel nestled in Oslo, the capital city of Norway. This beautiful and elegant park, located in the Majorstuen area, is one of the most beautiful spots in the city, and perhaps the entire country.
Let’s take a tour of it!
Welcome to the Frogner Park, the green heart of Oslo
Walking during a sunny autumn day in the Frogner Park will be an enchanting and unforgettable experience during your trip to Norway. All of the beautiful colors will catch your sight and astonish you!
As you can see in the picture, all the tonalities of yellow, red, brown, and green contribute to making your walk in this park unique and colorful.
Besides the fall season, during every time of the year this park will surprise you, changing its look radically: an explosion of flowers in spring and summer, a unique palette of colors in autumn, and a white snowy dream in the winter.
Explore The Frogner Park, well known as The Vigeland Park
The Frogner Park is also called The Vigeland Park thanks to the permanent installation of its sculptures. In this beautiful park you can admire Gustav Vigeland’s lifework: an incredible amount of statues made of several materials, including bronze, granite, and wrought iron.
Gustav Vigeland is a famous Norwegian sculptor born in 1869 near Mandal, Norway. He’s famous for his installations at Frogner Park, and also for designing the Nobel Peace Prize medal. Vigeland also designed the layout of the park where you can easily notice its geometrical perspective.
Have a walk across a bridge surrounded by dozens of statues
Once you get into the park, you will easily notice an extremely long landscape ending with a high monolith. Before you get to the monolith square, you need to cross a beautiful bridge surrounded by dozens of statues representing men, women, and children of every age. The leitmotif of this architectural masterpiece is the relationship between lovers,adults, and children. About the centre of the bridge, you will find its most famous statue: “The Angry Boy”.
The bridge is 100 meters (328 ft) long and 15 meters (492) wide, and lays on top of a river where you can see a few small waterfalls.
Admire a beautiful fountain located in the center of the park!
Located right in the center of the park, after the bridge, you will find an incredibly beautiful fountain celebrating the eternal cycle of life.
The fountain is characterized by the presence of 20 tree statues, modelled between 1906 and 1914. As you can see in the picture, beneath the trees there are a lot of children almost fading into this bronze nature.
According to the artist view, our presence in this world is just a mere phase compared to the eternal cycle of life, with no beginning and no end. Indeed, after a tree with a skeleton you will find a tree full of children, as a phoenix rises from its ashes, life comes from death.
Reach the square with the monolith and enjoy a terrific view
Located on the highest point of the park, you will find a suggestive rounded square with a high monolith in its centre. The monolith is one of the main attractions of the park, and it’s a rare example of a contemporary sculpture. The monolith is 14.2 meters (46 ft) high, and consists of 121 figures carved from a single granite block. This masterpiece represents a man’s longing for the divine. A human being full of hopes as he looks towards the sky, the heavens.
All around the monolith there are marvelous statues depicting all kind of relationships between people. Some of them are sad, others full of hopes and joy, and every one of them seeming to be alive.
The Frogner Park: a must visit during your trip to Oslo
Don’t miss, for any reason, the Frogner Park and all its statues during your trip to Oslo. The park is open everyday of the year, and it’s free. Inside the park you will be surrounded by amazing nature, where you can also admire an enchanting rose garden.
Here you can also visit the Vigeland Museum and take a break in a refined restaurant.
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