The Coastal Path in Norway – Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House is an iconic building.  It probably better known for its roof than for anything else, because you can walk onto it and then walk up it.  You don’t need to queue, or pay, or book.  It is a beautiful building.  Look at it here – a white granite iceberg against the dark clouds – I think there was some Wagner in the air above the Opera House when I took this photo!

Oslo Opera HouseAnd when the sun came out and the clouds departed for wetter climbs, well – then the Opera House was even more stunning.

Oslo Opera HouseLook at its sleek lines…

Oslo Opera HouseWe walked onto the bottom section and started to make our way up the landward side.

Oslo Opera HouseNow it may not look it from this photo, but it happened to be baking hot this day (over 30°C).  The slope of the roof is ideal to capture the sun, particularly as it reflects off the white stone and glass of the building.  Apparently the local residents spread out their towels and sunbathe on days like this.  We saw a couple, but expected more.  Perhaps it was just too hot.  In fact the sun was reflecting at us from just about every angle.  Up, down, left, right, we couldn’t look anywhere without a piercing, blinding light melting our eyeballs and baking our brains.  The soles of our shoes started to stick to the roof panels.  People were spontaneously combusting before our very eyes.  We shed pounds in sweat and melted blubber which ran off our bodies and down the gaps in the paving slabs, down the roof, and dripped off the edge and formed oily pools in the water.

Taking photos was hopeless – if you took one with the sun behind the camera no-one could look at you!  The sun seared your eyes tight shut like scallop shells.  Like this…

Arrgh The Piercing Sun…and this…

Arrgh The Piercing Sun…and this – you’ll have to excuse Ben in this next photo.  One of his eyeballs started to melt and slipped out of its socket – he was just popping it back in quickly.  In fact it was so hot that one of the buildings in the background started to float into the air and drift away on a thermal – can you see it?  The city skyline, by the way, was absolutely fantastic from here.

Arrgh The Piercing Sun There were also some magnificent views to be had out into Oslofjord.

OslofjordBut eventually we could take no more.  We started our way back down, trying not to slip in the fatty puddles of people who had melted before us.

Oslo Opera HouseYou’ll have to excuse the state of my wife in the above picture.  The glare of the sun started to literally burn holes in her clothes.  She was stark naked by the time we reached the bottom, though she didn’t worry about that as everyone had their eyes shut to block out the sun.

Oslo Opera House – well worth a visit, even if you are blinded in the process.

Date of Visit:  19 July 2014

Points in this post (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • Oslo Opera House:  N 59° 54.460 E 010° 45.120
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5 Responses to The Coastal Path in Norway – Oslo Opera House

  1. I love this building and the city!

  2. Hank. says:

    Oh, the perils of the pink-skinned! That clean Scan design has cleverly taken Nordic melting into account, not only saving on outside janitorial costs but doubling as a great place to pick up used clothing. So thrifty.

  3. jcombe says:

    It was rather different weather conditions for my visit : But I was glad the roof was still open.

    Hope the coastal walk is progressing well – you’ve been a bit quiet recently!

    • Wingclipped says:

      Hi JC – yes, I don’t think the weather could have been more different! Great photos. Don’t you love those office buildings?

      As for being a bit quiet, yes we have. The kids are 14 now and not only have they lost interest, but they also have more and more homework and revision for their exams. Deb and I have not given up by any means, but we are on hold and I suspect will be for a few years yet. We haven’t walked since last December and are missing it terribly…


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