Oslo Opera, NorwayOn a visit to Oslo, Norway, I was a daily visitor to the opera. In theory, this shouldn’t be odd as I love opera and try to go when and wherever I can.

But a busy work schedule meant I didn’t actually have time to ever get to a performance, not even one.

Oslo Opera, NorwayNevertheless, my daily visits were carried out like clockwork: at dawn. I visited the Oslo Opera early each morning to jog over its distinctive ‘flat iceberg’ shape.

For this opera house is known for its distinctive modern design, with its sparkling white Carrara marble plunging dramatically into the Oslofjord … very much like an iceberg.

Oslo Opera, NorwayConstruction on this opera house began in 2003, with a design competition won by the construction firm Snøhetta.

It was completed in 2008. Not surprisingly, the design won the EU’s Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

Oslo Opera, NorwayThe sloping roof is wide and a walk up provides striking views over Oslo. A jog up becomes urban hill training, but I always had time to catch my breath at the top for views over the Scandinavian capital just waking up.

I was told that concerts are sometimes played directly on the roof.

Oslo Opera, NorwayThe marble is topped by an exterior of cool glass, with glimpses inside of warm oak.

It looked very inviting – and I can’t wait to get back (both for morning jogs and evening performances, the latter not in running gear and sneakers, obviously).

If you’re in Oslo, be sure to make it to the opera. For other Oslo tips, see my earlier posts on jogging in Oslo, visiting the Nobel Peace Prize Museum and Oslo’s City Hall.