THE GJØA BUILDING WAS INAUGURATED ON THE 12TH OF JUNE AND THE FRAM MUSEUM BECAME TWICE AS BIG
On the 12th of June our new Gjøa building was inaugurated with both His Majesty King Harald and Prime Minister Stoltenberg present. In the evening, we had organized a polar market with a lot of different activities both in our new museum and outside.
Since the Fram Museum took over the responsibility for Gjøa in 2009, we have been working intensively to take care of Roald Amundsen's old ship Gjøa - the world's first vessel through the entire Northwest Passage. We have created new exhibits, collected objects from different Northwest Passage expeditions, constructed a 116-seat cinema, a conference room and also an own activity center behind the polar ship Fram. The new building was officially opened by H.M. King Harald and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg gave a speech.
The new Gjøa building is connected to the Fram with an underground tunnel where we tell the stories of the most important attempts to sail through the Northwest Passage from 1497 to 1906, when Gjøa and her crew finally sailed through the whole passage. In the building you will find new exhibitions on all major arctic expeditions - including for example John Franklin’s with Terror and Erebus in 1845 and Henry Larsen’s St. Roch expedition during the Second World War.
You can admire a spectacular model of the airship Norge and N25, you can look into a diorama with Franklin’s guys in their moments of death and see several of the artifacts picked up after the tragedy had occurred. This includes a big pair of boots that was found in a depot not far from where the Franklin expedition disappeared 150 years ago…
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Welcome to a Fram Museum that is twice as big! The entrance prices are the same. We have a café, fine customer toilets and we are never closed. Take bus no. 30 or the no. 91 ferry to Bygdøynes.
Cruise to Oslo 2013 and 2014
Last years cruise season shows the following figures: 159 cruise vessels called Oslo with 298 403 passengers from 144 different nationalities on board. Most of the passengers came from Germany – about 93 000. From USA came 43 000, the same as from Great Britain. 22 000 persons from Italy and 10 000 persons from Spain, from Canada and from France were also among the cruise tourists to Oslo.
Out of these 159 calls are there only 3 vessels which did turn around in Oslo Port, whilst 9 ships had part-turn-around. 33 ships did over-night-stay in Oslo. That seems to become more and more popular. Oslo by night has a huge variety to offer when it comes to music and entertainment.
After a yearly growth since 1995 we will see a decrease of 21 cruise calls in the Port of Oslo in 2014. That means that Port of Oslo, Visit Oslo and Oslo Cruise Network will have to join forces for marketing work in the years to come. We have to make sure that every cruise line does know that the city of Oslo can offer many interesting experiences, that the Port of Oslo gives reasonable discounts to cruise vessels and that the Oslo fjord with its interesting sights all along the 60 nautical miles is worth sailing.
A small decrease in cruise calls to Oslo in 2014
We expect 21 less cruise ships to Oslo next year. In 2013 we have had cruise calls every month except for February. The season is extended, that has been a goal, but number of calls has been reduced from 166 in 2012 to a total of 159 in 2013.
The reason for less calls this season is among other things that RCCL decided to turn their ships in Stockholm instead of Oslo. Oslo as a turn around port has been a success for the last 8 years for both Norwegian and foreign travelers.