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Oslo is the bustling capital of Norway, and is remarkably likeable in a cosmopolitan, easy-going, eclectic kind of way. The city itself is a mishmash of old and new, with a little bit of 60s retro that adds to its down-to-earth flavour.

It’s filled to the brim with world-class museums, great restaurants and diverse nightlife, but the locals will all tell you that the real fun lies outdoors. You can cycle, hike, ice-skate, kayak, sail and even ski, all within the boundaries of the actual city. It might get cold and snowy here, but there’s always something to keep you warm.

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Why visit Oslo?

  • Oslo is home to numerous unusual sculpture parks, a day visiting the famous Frogner Park with 212 granite and bronze statues created by the great Gustav Vigeland is definitely worth the experience
  • Oslo is perfect for strolling through the magnificent trails along the Aker River, which are lined with old mills and cafes that make for a perfect day outing
  • Visit Oslo Vinterpark, the region’s largest and frequented ski resort with some of the most challenging courses. It is a fun and thrilling experience anyone would enjoy, it would be a shame to not take advantage of this
Norwegian Krone
Dialing Code:
00 + 47 + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: 0.61NOK
Time Zone:
Standard time, UTC+1 (Oslo is one hour behind South Africa); Summer, UTC +2 (daylight savings time, same as South Africa)
Drives on the right
Oslo Airport (Gardermoen)
Travel Adaptor:
Type F (Voltage-230V: Frequency-50Hz)

The best time to visit Oslo would be during May and August months when temperatures rise.

The most spoken language in Oslo is Norwegian.

  • Oslo might be one of Europe’s largest capital cities, but it has one of the smallest populations.
  • The Noble Peace Prize is presented every year on 10 December in Oslo City Hall.
  • The Frogner Park is the world’s largest sculpture park located in Oslo, there are over 212 sculptures made by a single artist.

Architecturally diverse, Oslo has many interesting buildings for those with an eye for the built environment. The Royal Palace, University of Oslo, Opera House, Oslo Cathedral, Akershus Festning and City Hall are just a few of the favourites. You’ll find plenty more by simply strolling around town.

The museums are equally numerous, and of an extremely high standard, so make a plan to visit at least a few, if you can’t do them all. For particularly Norwegian-focussed exhibits, try the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum or the Fram-Museum.

The outdoor attractions are countless and Oslo’s climate is fairly temperate, so do take advantage of the fresh Norwegian air. There are lakes for fresh water swimming, parks for picnicking, forests for hiking, and scenic routes for cross-country skiing. It’s a nature-lover’s paradise, so come prepared.

There’s plenty to choose from when it’s time to shop, and Oslo is well known for its home-ware and interior décor. Scandinavian designs are known for simple lines and functional beauty, and smaller pieces make wonderful gifts and mementos.

Oslo’s public transport is extensive and efficient, and consists of ferries, buses, trams, and underground trains. There are day pass options available which are often very useful, but tourists often prefer the Oslo Pass. This gives you free entry to over 30 attractions and includes free travel on all public transport. Passes are available in 24, 48 or 72 hour denominations, and make your stay in Oslo a whole lot simpler and convenient.

Oslo is a very safe destination to visit, there are good and bad sides like any big city. Some caution is warranted when visiting this city for the first time. Police advise that the areas along the Akerselva River from Grønland to Kuba is best avoided after dark falls.

Norwegian cuisine is based largely around raw materials which are readily available in Norway and its mountains, wilderness and coast. Oslo is a destination that has such diversity, it is hard to not find a dish that would tantalise your taste buds. Since Norway has a particularly strong affinity for coffee it would only be right to head to Fuglen or Liebling for the best coffee in Norway.

The best restaurants in this city include:

  • Klostreet restaurant
  • Arakataka
  • hos Thea
  • Maaemo
  • Dinner Restaurant
  • Markveien Mat & Vinhus AS
  • Oslo is a city that prides itself on having trustworthy citizens who are some of the most hospitable people in the world. Many locals in Oslo affiliate themselves with the Catholic faith. They are considered to be very religious, but very accommodating to other faiths despite its strong Catholic community.

    South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Oslo, Norway. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing and make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

    Address: Drammensveien 88C, 0271, Oslo
    Telephone: + 47 2327 3220
    Fax: (+47) 22 44 39 75

    Item Cape Town Johannesburg Oslo
    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 270.11
    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 135.06
    Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 62.56
    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 23.63
    Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 177.26

    Oslo Airport (Gardermoen) – OSL is the commercial airport that's used for Oslo.

    Food and beverage: Starbucks, Caffé Ritazza, Monolitten Café, and W.B Samson.

    Currency Exchange: DNB is the only bank at Oslo Airport, and has outlets in both the Departure and Arrivals Halls. You’ll also find 18 ATMs which offer the 16 most common currencies, 24 hours a day.

    Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the terminals to the lost baggage office, located at the east end of the Arrivals Hall, opposite the railway station.

    Airport Hotels: Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson.

    Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

    Airport Hub: Oslo Airport (code OSL) is a hub for Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Novair, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, TUIfly Nordic and Widerøe.

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    The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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