Last weekend a DFDS minicruise from Copenhagen to Oslo gave me the opportunity to visit –at last– one of the great pieces of Scandinavian architecture: the Oslo Opera House.

I disembarked the CROWN SEAWAYS at a very leisurely 10am and had to be back at 16pm. Plenty of time! And the ferry terminal is only a 10min walk away. An essential promenade it is, because it gives a fine overview of the building, mirroring itself in the silky water surface of the dock.

First I discovered the building from the outside,. The nice thing is that you can walk on the roof. Now, how many buildings allow this?

I enjoyed taking pictures, even though the light was a bit unexciting. Would love to see the building on a midsummer’s evening.

After an hour of photographic joy I decided to go inside.

Pictures say more than a thousand words. One thing I want to add: I noticed how the architecture made the visitors happy. Several people were sitting on one of the benches, reading a book or enjoying some music. It was as if the architecture embraced the guests in a very warm, welcoming way. The hall is huge and cosy at the same time.

Some practical information:

The entrance is free but does not give access to the concert hall.

The Oslo Opera organises 50-minute guided tours. Full information and tickets here.

On this website you can read a lot about the architects and the project.

 I travelled in style with a cruise ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo. Details on the DFDS website, or at your travel agent.

For more information on Oslo, you can read a previous blog post on this amazing city, and have a look at the Oslo’s tourist information website. 

Photos and text: Mike