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Direct flights from South Africa to Norway are not available; however there are 1-stop flights from Johannesburg to Oslo, Aalesund, Bergen, Kristiansand, Sandefjord, Stavanger and Trondheim; and from Cape Town to Oslo and Stavanger. To book a cheap flight to Norway:
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From 1 November 2013 Norway is hiking its visa fee from R670 to R780 for a short stay visa, and from R390 to R450 for children aged 6 to 12 years old. Children younger than 6 are exempt from visa fees. If you're visiting Norway as a school pupil, student or assisting teacher for edcational training or studying; you're also exempt from visa fees.
Norway is part of the Schengen area so you would need to apply for a Schengen visa. For the latest up to date requirements, visit the website of the Royal Norwegian Embassy or contact them at 012-364-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their physical address in South Africa is at Ozmik House, 165 Lynnwood Road, Brooklyn, Pretoria. Honorary consulates can also be found at:
17 Overport Drive, Berea, Durban (phone 031-207-6900)
28th Floor, 2805 ABSA Building, 2 Riebeeck Street, Cape Town (phone 021-418-1276).
Note that the Royal Norwegian Embassy and consultates are closed on Norwegian public holidays.
Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Norway requiring embassy assistance.
Physical address: Drammensveien 88C, Oslo
Email : email@example.com
Phone number : + 47-2327-3220
23 October 2013: "I think I have a thing for airports and flying, and especially flying overseas. I’ve had the privilege of representing my university at a few international conferences, but the trip that stands out for me was in 2011 when I went to Norway – my first trip alone to a foreign country. I attended a two week summer school in Oslo and visited another university in Trondheim. What made it so distinctive is that the day before my trip, 22 July 2011, the bombing and shootings happened in Oslo. I was terrified and wondered if my trip would still be on, and if so, do I really want to go. All the “What if’s?” went through my mind, from terrorist attacks, to bombing while I am there, to “What if I should die in Norway?” I went to my travel agent in the morning and she confirmed that my flight is still okay. My friends said that I should go as it would make for a great story to tell one day, and another friend said that Oslo would probably be the safest city in the world to go to because of all the caution they would be practicing after the events. Looking back, I still needed my own confirmation. Well, literally 5 minutes before we had to leave for the airport, my passport was “missing”. I just couldn’t think where I put it. And the worst thing you can do at that moment is panic! I did, and I looked everywhere.
But the thing is, while I was frantically looking for my passport, I just knew: “I really want to go to Norway!” And I found the passport – in the front pocket of my backpack, where I put it in the first place for easy access!! How silly can you be when you panic? But the actual story that I set out to share with you is the one of leaving and returning. On the aircraft that evening from Cape Town to Amsterdam, I cried as we took off. I felt so alone, yet so mature and protected. It was as if I was much older and wiser – simply because I had to be. I was now on my own, I have to be vigilant, I have to find my way in a foreign country. Needless to say, I made it. And Norway was wonderful. I had so many good experiences and met amazing people, including lunch with the South African Ambassador to Norway. And then the best part of my trip – returning home to Cape Town International, the city lights, the face of Madiba in the passage as we entered the airport, and even better, the face of my Love as he waited for me. I cried. I am home." Lorenza Logan Williams
You can fly from Johannesburg to Oslo (OSL) with Qatar Airways (via Doha), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), KLM (via Amsterdam), Air France (via Paris), Swiss Air/Lufthansa (via Zurich), British Airways (via London), SAA/Lufthansa (via Munich), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul) and Virgin Atlantic/BA (via London).
Fly from Johannesburg to Aalesund (AES) with KLM (via Amsterdam) or 2-stop flights such as Lufthansa/SAS (via Frankfurt and Oslo).
You can get from Johannesburg to Bergen (BGO) with Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), KLM (via Amsterdam), British Airways (via London), South African Airways/Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), and Virgin Atlantic/British Airways (via London).
Travel from Johannesburg to Kristiansand (KRS) with KLM (via Amsterdam) or on a 2-stop route such as Lufthansa/SAS (via Frankfurt & Oslo).
You can fly from Johannesburg to Sandefjord (TRF) with KLM (via Amsterdam).
Get from Johannesburg to Stavanger (SVG) with KLM (via Amsterdam), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), and SAA/BA (via London), and British Airways (via London).
Fly from Johannesburg to Trondheim (TRD) with KLM (via Amsterdam)
You can fly from Cape Town to Oslo (OSL) with Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), KLM (via Amsterdam), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Virgin Atlantic/BA (via London) and BA (via London).
The only 1-stop option from Cape Town to Aalesund (AES) is with KLM (via Amsterdam).
You can get from Cape Town to Bergen (BGO) with KLM (via Amsterdam), British Airways (via London) and Virgin Atlantic/British Airways (via London).
Travel from Cape Town to Kristiansand (KRS) with KLM (via Amsterdam).
You can fly from Cape Town to Sandefjord (TRF) with KLM (via Amsterdam).
Get from Cape Town to Stavanger (SVG) with KLM (via Amsterdam) and British Airways (via London).
Fly from Johannesburg to Trondheim (TRD) with KLM (via Amsterdam)
There are no 1-stop flight options from Durban to Norway, but there are a number of 2-stop flight options.
The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone.
Norwegian is the primary language however most people speak excellent English.
Places of interest in Norway include:
The Heddal Stave Church is the biggest and most magnificent of Norway’s 28 stave churches that remain. It hails from the 13th century and its medieval frame with three naves appears like something out of a fable.
Røros is a UNESCO world heritage site that was once a copper mining town and now is dotted with bright wooden houses. This charming town set in a hollow and surrounded by shrunken trees has a tightly-knit community that speaks of another, older way of life.
Jotunheimen National Park is one of the best examples of Norway’s otherworldly natural beauty. Wilderness lovers will revel in the many hiking trails that wind by glaciers, ravines, waterfalls, mountains, and lakes. Rest in one of the private lodges. The less outdoorsy can save their energy, hop in their car, and see the park from the comfort of the road.
Bergen is a magical city surrounded by Norway’s famous fjords. Cable cars troll the streets, a harbour abuts it, and wood houses climb up the many hills. The museums and cultural activities are just as compelling.
The best time to travel to Norway is from mid-June to mid-August and since this is peak tourist season you’ll find more amenities open. Still, you can visit anytime from May to September, just be aware that hiking trails may not open until late June. Norway is a country of extremes so be prepared for temperatures below freezing in winter and over 30°C in summer.
You may either want to time your visit to Norway to coincide with a public holiday and join in the fun, or avoid the date so as to avoid additional travel costs (and possible crowds):
17 May (Constitution Day)