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Norway country information

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Kingdom of Norway
Area: 385,252 sq km
Population: 4,800,326
Population density: 12 per sq km
Capital: Oslo
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
Other EU 1
Visa Required?
British No
Australian No
Canadian No
Other EU No


Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except:
1. EU nationals holding a valid national ID card. Some EU nationals may be required to present a valid passport in addition to a national ID card.

Passport Note

On 25 March 2001 Norway became a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.


Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days.

Visa Note

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

Major operators of incoming flights include Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY) (website: ), SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK) (website: ) and a subsidiary of SAS Widerøes Flyveselskap (WF) (website: ). Numerous other national carriers serve Oslo.

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Oslo is 2 hours 15 minutes, to Bergen is 2 hours 10 minutes, to Trondheim is 2 hours 15 minutes, and to Stavanger is 2 hours. From New York to Oslo is 10 hours 45 minutes (including stopover).

Main Airports

Oslo International Airport (OSL) (Gardermoen) (website: ) is 47km (30 miles) north of Oslo. To/from the airport: The high-speed airport express trains Flytoget leave to/from Oslo's central station (journey time - 20 minutes). Buses serving the airport include the SL buses and Bussekspress which stop in front of the terminal building (journey time - 45 minutes). A bus station for regional services is located within walking distance of the terminal. There is a taxi rank at the terminal building. Travellers are advised to order a taxi from the airport reception and ask for a fixed price. In addition to regular taxis, there are 'airport taxis', cheaper taxis which must be ordered in advance by groups of up to three people, and wheelchair taxis. Facilities: Duty-free shopping, banks/bureaux de change, restaurants and cafes, car hire and information kiosks.

Bergen (BGO) (Flesland) (website: ) 19km (12 miles) south of the city (journey time - 25 minutes). To/from the airport: Bus services (Flybussen) leave for the city regularly. Return is from various points in the city centre. Taxi services are available to the city, with a surcharge after 2200 (journey time - 25 minutes). Facilities: Left luggage, lockers, banks, bureaux de change, post office, duty-free shops, bar, cafes, shops, tourist information, nursery and car hire.

Trondheim (TRD) (Værnes) (website: ) is around 25km (16 miles) from the city centre (journey time - 30 minutes). To/from the airport: bus services (Flybussen) and less frequent trains run regularly, taxis and pre-booked airport taxis are also available. Facilities: bureau de change, restaurant, duty free shopping, bar and car hire.
Departure Tax
Approximately US$20.

Getting There by Water

Main ports: Bergen (website: ), Oslo (website: ), Kristiansand (website: ) and Stavanger (website: ).

There are no direct sea routes from the UK. Services to Bergen via Haugesund and Egersund from Hanstholm in Denmark are operated by Fjord Line (tel: 8153 3500; website: ). Smyril Line (tel: 5559 6520; website: ) operates services from Bergen to Iceland via Orkney, the Shetlands and the Faroe Islands in the summer, while Color Line (tel: 8100 0811; website: ) connects Kiel with Oslo, Hirtshals with Kristiansand and Bergen, and Fredrikshavn with Oslo. Stena Line (tel: 02010; website: ) operates services from Fredrikshavn to Oslo.

Getting There by Rail

Connections from the UK involve ferry crossings via Dover/Ostend (via Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Sweden) or Harwich/Hook of Holland, or from Newcastle to Bergen via Stavanger. NSB (Norwegian State Railways) (tel: 8150 0888 (dial '4' for an English-speaking operator); website: ) operates international services from Oslo to Stockholm, from Oslo via Malmö and Copenhagen to Hamburg and Berlin, between Trondheim and Östersund, and from Narvik to Stockholm (tel: 8150 0888 (dial '4' for an English-speaking operator); website: ).
Rail Passes
InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 30 European countries for European residents. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children's tickets are reduced by about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Rail Europe (tel: 0844 848 4064, in the UK; website: ).

Eurailpass: offers unlimited first-class train travel in 17 European countries. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months or three months. The Eurailpass Saver ticket offers discounts for two or more people travelling together. The Eurailpass Youth ticket is available to those aged under 26 and offers unlimited second-class train travel. The Eurailpass Flexi allows either 10 or 15 travel days within a two-month period. The Eurail Selectpass is valid in three, four or five bordering countries and allows five, six, eight or 10 travel days (or 15 for five countries) in a two-month period. Available online via The Eurail Group (website: ).

ScanRail pass: allows unlimited travel within Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Valid for five, eight or 10 days in two months or 21 consecutive days. Available from Rail Europe (tel: 08708 371 371, in the UK; website: ).

Getting There by Road

The only direct international road connections routes are from Sweden or Finland and Russia in the far north. Eurolines (tel: 0870 580 8080, in the UK; website: ) runs regular coach services from other European countries to Norway. Passes: A 15- or 30-day pass is available.
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