Sunday, June 14, 2015

8 Hours in Oslo - First Stop: Operan!

Norwegian is the only carrier that is seriously competing for the West Coast to Scandinavia market right now and when I had a short notice need to head to Scandinavia I called on them again. With the pricing, it made sense to stop over in Oslo and have an afternoon in the city.

It would be a short 8 hours, but Oslo isn't that big of a city and most of the things that I was interested in this time around were in the central city. Ideally, I would love to be here in the summer and to have enough time to go out to the islands on the fjord for a little swimming, but wrong season and not enough time.

First stop was the Oslo Opera House. It is a new addition to the city I was last there, so I wanted to take a look. It sits regally on the water, like an iceberg that has hit land and crystallized. In reality, it's made of Italian white marble, oak, and glass. This was not a building built on the cheap.

One of the most engaging aspects of the building is that the exterior is completely open to the public. The roof is designed to let you walk, sit, or lay on it as the weather permits and as you like. From the top, there is a little view, but nothing too dramatic

Next stop? The Oslo City Hall.

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