Depart the pier by air-conditioned motor coach and travel to Oslo's beautiful Opera House, which opened in 2008. Upon arrival you will notice the amazing architecture, a design created by a Norwegian architectural firm that won the Opera House's anonymous design competition. Mainly created with marble and granite, its striking shape rises out of the fjord in the Oslo city center.
Entering the Opera House, you will be welcomed by a warm interior, adorned with oak and stained in multiple rich hues. Beginning a guided behind-the-scenes visit, learn about the architecture, the building process and the backstage technical solutions. After your interior visit, proceed to the Opera House's roof, which offers a splendid view of Oslo.
Leaving the Opera House, rejoin your motor coach and proceed on a sightseeing drive of the city, including views of the Royal Palace, the Parliament, the National Theater, City Hall, Nobel Institute, Akershus Fortress and the Old University.
Soon, you will arrive at the Henie Onstad Art Center, which is beautifully situated by the Oslo fjord and surrounded by an extensive park area with sculptures from the Henie Onstad Collection.The collection, as well as the building, was a joint venture by ice skater and Hollywood star Sonja Henie and her husband NielsOnstad.
Entering the gallery, you will be invited to a guided visit of the exhibitions. Among the art you may see are works by Picasso, Matisse, Lèger, Villon, Bazaine, Manessier and others from the Paris school. The gallery also offers work by CoBrA artists such as Corneille and Jorn, as well as Norwegian artists such as Weidemann, Bergman and Gundersen.
After your visit, you will have time to stroll around the beautiful outdoor sculpture park before returning to your ship.
Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. The gift shop and restaurant at Onstad Art Museum are not open on Mondays.