The Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited Russia from 27 October to 1 November 2003. The visit included St. Petersburg and Moscow, and the Crown Prince also visited Murmansk.
In St. Petersburg the Royal couple attended a performance of Swan Lake at the Mariinsky Theatre and were shown round the Summer Palace. The programme also included visits to the Central Navy Museum and the Russian Ethnography Museum.
After a meeting with Vice Prime Minister the Crown Prince laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin wall. During their time in Moscow the Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited the Ministry of Culture, attended the opening of the Grieg–Tchaikovsky festival, were shown round the Kremlin and visited the Norwegian–Russian upper secondary school.
In Murmansk the Crown Prince met with the Governor and visited the Atomflot facility and the Northern Fleet Museum. He also attended the première of La Traviata, performed by the Norwegian Opera and the Russian Philharmonic.