If you’ve read my Oslo city break review or seen the photo diary, you might be surprised that visiting a park was high up on our hit list given the weather. But never one to let snow and a sub-zero temperature get in the way of an adventure, Mr Sparrow and I embarked on a trip to this beautiful location.

But what makes Vigeland Sculpture Park so special?

Vigeland Sculpture Park

One of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions (with over a million visitors per year), it is the largest park featured the work of a single sculptor in the world. Featuring over 200 sculptures from Gustav Vigeland (who made a deal with the City of Oslo to donate all his future works to them) made from bronze, granite and wrought iron, everything from the sculptures to the layout was managed and overseen by Vigeland himself, and completed in around 1949 after many years of work and 6 years after his death.

The park itself is housed within the much larger and very beautiful Frogner Park (the district feels like the more exclusive area of the city of Oslo), and is weird, creepy and wonderful all at once. Said to be based around a theme of the “circle of life”, all of the sculptures are naked which means they are timeless and not dated by clothes or looks of the 1920’s and 1930’s. It only adds to the very raw human-ness that each sculpture has about them, from the young children on the bridge to the skeleton by the fountain.

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Vigeland Sculpture Park

Possibly the most impressive part of the park is the monolith at the end – a huge sculpture that took over 14 years to complete and that features 121 figures. At almost 18 metres high, it really becomes the focal point of the whole park and looks incredible against the blue sky it soars up in to.

Vigeland Sculpture Park

You might not have considered Norway to be of artistic pedigree, like places such as Italy or France that are known for their great art. But Norway has been home not only Vigeland, but to Edvard Munch (of The Scream fame) and to playwright Henrik Ibsen (my most favourite playright, with notable works such as A Dolls House and Hedda Gabler).

Vigeland Sculpture Park

You can visit not only Vigeland Sculpture Park, but the Munch Museum and the Ibsen Museum in Oslo. Why not try an art and culture tour of Oslo if you decide to visit?

Full city break guide to Oslo can be found RIGHT HERE!

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  • It was suuuuuuuch a weird park.

    • It’s creepy af right? I had to visit it, but in the snow and low light it did give me the creeps a little, especially the little boy statue!

  • travelwithtarah

    This looks like such an interesting park to visit! I feel like visiting in the winter would make it that much better!

    • It really did – it was very atmospheric. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Those are some really interesting sculptures. I wonder how long it takes to cover all 200 of them. Unique and creepy at the same time. 🙂 Cheers!!

    • It’s not a huge park, so you can see them all quite quickly! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Sindhu Murthy

    what an interesting concept for a park. With the white blanket of snow, the sculptures look more distinct. Not just the rock art, I also love how you have framed the first picture of the park by including the bare trees. I m sure the park would looks equally magnificient in spring.

    • I completely agree – I can’t imagine seeing it in the sunshine now! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • I so agree – we were lucky, although our fingers and toes thought otherwise!

  • Suruchi Mittal

    This conceptual sculpture park seems really amazing. 200 sculptures wow!! How much time do we need to see all of them? And that 18 metre high sculpture with 120 figures has already fascinated me. Awesome

  • Daniels Beitss

    This is one of my favourite parks in Europe. The sculptures by Vigeland is amazing and it’s that good, I been there twice to the Frognerparken (Why does everyone call it Vigeland Scultpure Park?..lol). I been there twice in winter months and love it when there is a hard crispy feel to the air when checking out all the works. Love this post and I sure do miss Oslo now.

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