From the ancient Vikings to the Oslo Opera House is a journey across a thousand years. The building in white marble sits on the banks of the Oslofjord and was designed by Norway’s most famous architectural firm, Snøhetta. Since it opened in 2008, its three performance spaces have welcomed more than a million visitors each year. Even if you decide not to attend a performance, the roof of the opera house doubles as a large public plaza with panoramic views of the city. Another side of contemporary Oslo can be discovered by strolling through Tjuvholmen. Located on a peninsula to the west of central Oslo, the neighborhood has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years with the opening of a number of art spaces, including the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. It’s also home to the new, and popular, Thief hotel, which takes its name from the area’s Norwegian name—Thief Island, as thieves were executed here in the 18th century.
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