Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)#6 in Best Things To Do in Oslo
Music lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike won't want to miss a visit to this modern opera house. Located in the western part of Gamle Oslo, the Oslo Opera House features a contemporary design inspired by glaciers floating in the adjacent Oslo Fjord. Noteworthy details include floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden interior accents and an asymmetrical roof that visitors can walk on. The venue hosts performances by The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Norway's largest music and performing arts organization, throughout the year.
Past travelers praised the Oslo Opera House's beautiful architecture and incredible city views, adding that its design is the main reason to visit. Those who watched an opera here also appreciated having access to programmable LED screens at their seats for lyric translations. If you want to see the inside without buying a performance ticket, several previous visitors recommend joining one of the property's guided tours. Each 50-minute tour includes behind-the-scenes glimpses of spaces like the main stage, a costume workshop and a scene painting room.
The opera house itself is free to visit, but indoor tours cost 120 kroner (less than $15) per adult and 70 kroner (about $8.50) for each child between 4 and 16. Discounted rates are available for visitors with an Oslo Pass. English tours start Sunday through Friday at 1 p.m. Charges also apply for opera and ballet performances. The opera house grounds welcome visitors 24 hours a day, but most on-site amenities, including the gift shop and several bars and restaurants, are only open on performance days. To get to the venue, travelers can take one of several buses to the Tollboden stop, ride the No. 17 tram to the Bjørvika station, or walk from nearby attractions like Akershus Fortress and Karl Johans gate. For more information, visit the Oslo Opera House's website.
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#1 Oslo Fjord
Occupying 766 square miles, Oslo Fjord attracts Oslo residents and tourists in droves, especially during the warmer months. Water vistas are available from many parts of the city, including popular attractions like the Oslo Opera House and Akershus Fortress. You can also opt to hit the water in a canoe or kayak, but to get the full experience, consider signing up for an Oslo Fjord cruise. Sightseeing and fishing excursions are available on everything from inflatable boats (known as RIBs) to sailboats and yachts to ferries throughout the year.
Traveler-approved cruise operators include RIB Oslo and Norway Yacht Charter, but the cheapest and most popular way to explore the fjord is via a tour with Båtservice Sightseeing. Affiliated with Norway Yacht Charter, this ferry company offers several fjord tour options, such as a two-hour daytime sightseeing excursion and three-hour crab-, jazz- and blues-themed cruises. Previous visitors suggest booking the evening boat tour, which includes three hours of sailing and a highly regarded all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet. But remember to bring extra money for drinks and a jacket if you plan on sitting outside.
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