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About Oslo

Oslo is the heart of Scandinavian heritage, the capital of Norway. The city has more than 618,000 residents and the ghosts of past Viking lords too! Oslo is a breath of clean, crisp air and is a hub of art and natural beauty. Famous tourist attractions include Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Oslofjord and the Viking Ship Museum.

Cheap flights to Oslo are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready for a trip of a lifetime to this exciting city! Oslo is home of Oslo Airport (OSL), which is located just 40 minutes from the city centre. Oslo Airport is easily accessible and serves a number of airlines – including British Airways, Swiss Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and more. Popular connecting flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg, and the flight duration is approximately 13 hours and 45 minutes.

Why visit Oslo

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Art Parks

In Oslo, art does not necessarily mean museums and galleries. Here, you can view unique sculptures while taking a stroll in Vigeland Sculpture Park.

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Viking Heritage

More than 1000 years old, the ships of Viking ancestors are well-preserved at the Viking Ship Museum, always leaving visitors in complete awe.

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Outdoor Activities

In Oslo, everyone participates in fun, outdoor activities. Enjoy the fresh air while you ski, ice skate, snowboard and more.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Norway
Currency Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.66 NOK
Language Norwegian
Hub Airport Oslo Airport (OSL)
Airline Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle
Time Zone GMT+ 2
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Oslo

Oslo is a fantastic city to visit any time of the year, depending on your personal interests. The summer season temperatures never really rise above 20-22 degrees Celsius, but what is great about this city in the summer is that you can experience a really jam-packed day with the sun only setting after 10pm! Tourists tend to travel to Oslo over winter too as even though it is really cold, Oslo has some really good ski resorts and there are the Northern Lights in the north of Norway, which is a great attraction too. This is generally visible between March and October and visitors are often spellbound by the sight of it.

Weather & Climate in Oslo

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -7°C -7°C -3°C -1°C 7°C 11°C 13°C 12°C 7°C 4°C -1°C -5°C
High °C 1°C 2°C 6°C 9°C 16°C 20°C 22°C 20°C 16°C 10°C 4°C -1°C
Rainfall (mm) 50 40 60 40 50 80 70 90 70 90 70 50

Overview

Having the great Vikings as ancestors means that the people of Oslo and Norway have a lot to hold up to. Luckily, everything in Oslo is worth the visit and with all that fresh air in your lungs, you’ll most likely want to extend your stay.

About one half of the entire city has been reserved as urban green spaces and the rest for art spaces, coffee shops and Norwegian butter cookie vendors!

One of the top attractions in the city is the Viking Ship Museum which houses three original ships in great condition. At least one of the ships was captained by a woman and you can view her Chinese silk material and jewellery boxes too.

Oslo is also a great party destination and with long summer nights (it is often light until 10pm!) the residents of the city certainly know how to have a good time.

Visa & Customs

South Africans who wish to visit Oslo need to apply for a Schengen Visa. Even though Norway is a non-EU country, it still falls under their group of countries to visit. You will need to apply at the Norwegian Embassy for your Schengen Visa.

You will need two photographs, proof of accommodation in the city, flight tickets, bank statements and various other documents to complete your application.

For further information, contact the Norwegian Embassy: Ozmik House 165 Lynnwood Road 0181 Brooklyn P.O.Box 11612 Hatfield 0028 South Africa

Tel: (+27) 12 364 3700 Fax: (+27) 12 364 3799

Health & Safety

Oslo is a safe city with very little crime reported. As with all big cities though, please be aware of your belongings in public areas such as buses, trains or city squares. There have been whispers of there being a minor drug problem in the city, but this is reportedly mostly in the smaller, quieter areas of the city and the train stations at night.

Before your trip to Oslo, make sure that all your routine vaccines are up to date. You will not need any additional vaccines for your trip to Norway, but it is recommended to get shots for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and Rabies.

Cost of Living

ITEM JOHANNESBURG CAPE TOWN OSLO
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 261.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 122.00
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 58.00
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 20.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 166.00
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