Solstrand - Ole Bull museum

  • 6 hours
  • 1,800 euros

About the cruise

Ole Bull was a world-renown virtuoso violinist and composer. Lysøen Museum consists of Ole Bull’s villa, a 17th century farm settlement and the island itself. All the buildings on Lysøen are located close to the sea. Most eye-catching of all is Bull’s villa with the former servants’ quarters. By the harbour you’ll also find Gamletunet – an old homestead from the 17th century. Ole Bull’s summerhouse on Lysøen was constructed in the years 1872-73, and is quite unique in Norwegian architectural history. His “little Alhambra,” as he called it, is considered a high point of Norwegian historicism. With its onion domes and exotic ornamentals both exteriorly and inside the high ceiling of the music hall – all assiduously carved out of Norwegian pine – the villa emerges like a dream of a blue fairytale castle. The villa is open for guided tours. The tour takes you through the music hall, Ole Bull’s bedroom, the ancestors’ gallery, and the sitting rooms below ground. On the 7 km2 island, you will find gorgeous nature, 13 km of trails covered in crushed seashells, a gazebo, and on the highest point of the island (at 76 meters above sea level), an observation tower erected to the memory of Ole Bull. Guided tours can be ordered. There is a cosy little café at Lysøen serving freshly made waffles, ice-cream, soft drinks and coffee/tea.øen We wait, and bring you back. The cruise takes enjoyable 2 hours each way at slow speed, to enjoy all the nature on the way. Enjoy the nice scenery from the flybridge, you wil see narrow fjords and small islands, and we serve you some snacks and refreshments. Recomended time on the island is 2 hours. Price is all inclusive for the cruise, including snacks and refreshments onboard.