My regular readers know I still have some adventures to share from The Norwegian Computer Society’s (NCS) Annual Meeting last weekend. We wanted to give the gathered 80 representatives something historical and cultural to remember, and of course I gladly take you with us to Bogstad Gård (Manor), just 20 minutes outside of Oslo city. Let me start with a long distance view of this majestic farm (click all pics to enlarge!):


The main building (in the centre of the picture) is built between 1760 and 1790 and is an example of the classicists style. There is a lovely park, and a nice forest area right around the corner from the main building, and a bathing area just 80 meters away. I took this picture from the other side of Bogstad Lake.

The history of the estate dates back to 1649 and remained in the family till it was presented as a gift to Bogstad Foundation in 1955. This manor house is in nearly the same condition as when it was built at the end of the 18th century. It was very influenced by French Royal architecture from The Baroque style, so even if it is a wooden building, the finish on the outside is made of concrete and painted in the right colours for the period:
Bogstad Manor Front #1

I took hundreds of pics, so let me give you an idea in this movee:


PhotobucketWe are talking about the house of a wealthy merchant and industrialist Peder Anker, and the count and countess Wedel Jarlsberg. That’s why Bogstad Gård plays a central role in Norwegian history, both as the manor it is and as part of the country’s political history. Mr. Anker, landowner and proprietor, was Norway’ first Prime Minister in Stockholm following the dissolution in 1814 of the Danish-Norwegian union.

The owners were through generations’ part of the political life in Norway, and their beautiful homes are almost intact since the time of 1780. Mr. Anker and his descendants, the Wedel Jarlsberg family, have handed down to prosperity a beautiful home, with its original furniture, silverware, paintings and glassware, a home almost unchanged and today open for public.

Above you see a picture from the Ball Room. The paintings on the wall are imported from France and Italy and carefully arranged on the wall in groups. I take it you agree that pictures say a lot more again, so here you go with a movee of pics from this beautiful house:

We had a very nice, informative and educational guide. One anecdote I especially remember from her guided tour was how they got their education at that time: The travelled for 5 to 7 years with an older relative to important countries and towns like London, Paris and Rome to learn History, Art, Culture and Architecture. That’s what I call Networking! Think of all the important business contacts they made. If you wanted to make business and had a letter signed by Mr. Anker as a recommendation with you while travelling around in the world: All doors would be opened!

Bogstad Gård is more than just a museum; See the animals: Sheep, horses, cows, pigs, rabbits and hens. It also has a nice café serving typical Bogstad-rolls. They have several rooms well suited for meetings and conferences, as well as different kinds of parties. In my last post (scroll down), you can see what a wonderful dinner we had in the loft.

Stay tuned: The next post will be from The Ski Museum and then I can prove the saying: Norwegians are born with skis on their feet!


  1. Wow! That is a nice place!
    Impressive architecture and beautiful furnitures.

    Glad you liked it Sidney – wish I was as great photographer as you though!

  2. What a marvellous place! And that hardwood carved bed! Oh my goodness I don’t think I have see anything so beautiful! I can hardly wait for the next post!

    I knew you would love it Maribeth. Actually I was thinking of you when I saw that bed :lol:
    Stay tuned then!

  3. The place looks awesome. I would have had a hard time concentrating… I would have wanted to just go out and enjoy! ;-)

    We where there in the afternoon, after the meeting, for the sights seen and dinner in the evening, so no problem ;-)

  4. What a beautiful house. It’s wonderful that it is open to the public. The lakeside setting is especially beautiful too. It must have been an amazing place to live :-)

    You hit the nail on the head :-)

  5. I wish my work took me to such a great place. You make networking sound fun!!

    Maybe you should join a similar society and experience that networking is great fun too!

  6. nice that you could have your meeting in such a historic and picturesque surrounding. always great when you share with us. :)

    I agree and always a pleasure to share with you :)

  7. What beautiful blues! This is not “the blues,” that’s for sure!

    Blues or not – glad you liked it anyway :)

  8. How wonderful and beautiful too. I would love to visit this manor. Okay, I want to go to Norway period. Have a great day. :)

    Great!!! When are you coming over!?!?! Period!

  9. Everybody come over to Norway! We will put you up and have a big party! We can all go walk on the roof of the Opera on Saturday and take a Sunday trip to Bogstad gård! If enough of you come we can rent the dining hall and have a dinner!! Thanks for a great Saturday and Sunday date this weekend!

    A great idea my dear: I would love to host a Blog Gathering in Oslo one day and Bogstad Manor would be a perfect place!
    I’ll post about The new Oslo Opera House next week you know :-)
    Thanks for being with me and make it our quality time!

  10. Wow! Very pretty place. I like the way they added the people in the rooms. It gives the effect that you are watching how they actually lived.

    Love and Blessings,

    I was and conducted or arranged so well, yes!

  11. I forgot to tell you, I have something for you at my site.

    Love and Blessings,

    Thanks for the award – I feel honoured and flattered!

  12. I love these pictures, and the place too. It’s must a funny thing to see those kinds of animals in such a beautiful place.
    And you teach me how to show more pictures in a blog with great effection. It’s great that I can always learn from you.
    Thank you, RennyBA!

    Glad you liked it and yea: the whole place is very alive.
    Always good to know that bloggers can pic up some tricks from my posts!

  13. Gorgeous place. Can I move in? ;-)

    Sure, you’ll fit in just perfect! ;-)

  14. It’s a lovely place to visit, but I can’t imagine anyone living there. It would be like living in a museum! Someday people will be looking at models of our homes from today and saying the same thing, I suppose…

    Hope your week is a good one, Renny, and looking forward to the Ski Museum post. Personally, I’m so clumsy that I’d need a luge sled to slide on rather than skis. ;-)

    Love and hugs,

    Your right: It must have been like living in a museum, and a very beautiful and special one.
    I’m fine and in Trondheim for two days – will post about it late, bur of course the Ski Museum first.

  15. Look at the sky in those first few pictures! Stunning!

    The lightening with the fresh, crispy air was perfect for photographing, yes!

  16. beautiful! (I know I’m of so many words…)

  17. Wow! Looks like a lovely place!

  18. Gorgeous pictures! and I love the idea about the gathering…….

  19. OOO…..GREAT pics. LOVE them all. I wish I could visit places like that. Sadly, I’m restricted by age and have to go to school =(

  20. My dear friend,
    this is overwhelming. I’ve only been outside this fabulous manor , so close but also so distant in time and culture. Is this Oslo? Yeah, I know, We have more cultural treasures here than most of us locals do not know. Even a Childrens Museum—

    btw. we had a great meeting in the board this afternoon. The Discussion for what to use our “overskudd” next year have started. Lot’s of bright ideas was brought to the table – as usual. Missed you

  21. The lake looks like over here but the building not. I love old stuff! They must have had a lot of fancy balls in the old days!

  22. FANTASTIC place, Renny…..It was great to see so very many pictures of this amazing place, so filled with History! Thanks for the Tour, my dear!

  23. magnificent Renny…
    and what a wonderful way to get an education in the past……
    wonderful tour and the pics are fabulous as usual :)

  24. Seems like a beautiful place! Interesting history.

  25. Hmm interesting place! Love the architecture and all! :)

  26. What a majestic place. You are so lucky to have your meeting there!

  27. Hey Renny,

    I must say that I loved the manor! It is exquisite!!! And its history is so interesting :D!
    Now what I really, really liked was the pics movees: so entertaining!
    You promised a warmer post and you complied, thanks *bowing*! :D

    Tomorrow is a bank holiday here in Portugal, so I wish you a happy weekend :D!


  28. This is a marvelous manor in the middle of the nature! I admire the conservation since the XVIII th century. I would like to visit it!

  29. I just adore those old buildings and are so happy that some of them still is preserved!!!!!

    It would be a desth sin to let them decay….

  30. Just discovered your post whilst searching for Bogstad… I stayed at the nearby campsite last year. I wondered if you took any photos in the forest opposite Bogstad Gard? I found a beautiful little lake with the clearest reflections, and I fell in love with it. I am trying to find a picture because my camera was broken when I visited!

    • Dear Anna, thanks for you visit and comment. It’s always nice to know when someone searches to find my blog and get something interesting.

      I guess you are talking about the Bogstad lake (Bogstadvannet) and I don’t remember if I have any pics of the lake (among thousands of my pics), but I will try to find some. You have to wait a bit though, as I am on vacation in Sweden now and soon will be going to a blog gathering for two weeks in France.

      If I find some, you’ll hear from me later.

  31. Thank you for an interesting article on my father’s old home. He was the last generation of our family to grow up there. They were Severin Diderik Finne (Set up a drilling business in East Africa) and his brothers “Tommy” (a respected architect) and Ferdinand (an artist and “celebrity” for want of a better word.)
    It’s a lovely house – I toured it in 1981, shortly after my own house in Uganda had been ransacked by an invading army.

    Severin Didrik Petter Finne.

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