Labour’s love lost on Lofoten debate

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre has finally confirmed that Norway’s scenic Lofoten islands need some tender loving care, with parts of their offshore waters protected from oil exploration and production. His jobs-minded party, however, isn’t extending full protection to other nearby areas, and that means few apart from Støre himself are happy with a proposed compromise announced this week. “This is an especially […]

Bergen’s ‘Bryggen’ mulls an entry fee

Norway’s tourist boom has left the historic Bryggen wharf area in Bergen so overrun with visitors during the summer months that its owners are pondering new crowd control measures. Among them is imposition of an entry fee, especially for cruiseship passengers. Local newspaper BA reported Friday that the foundation operating the wharf from the Hanseatic age has found […]

Three charged with arson in hotel fire

One of the owners and two top managers of the Selje Hotel have been arrested and charged with aggravated vandalism and fraud after the hotel was struck by a devastating fire last week. On Friday they were ordered held in custody for at least the next four weeks, while police continue to investigate. The Selje Hotel, located […]

Fire destroys Selje Hotel

The Selje Hotel, located on a picturesque beach near Norway’s West Cape, was heavily damaged in a fire during the night. The hotel was closed for the winter and there were no injuries, but the fire is a major loss for the local community. The hotel attracted visitors to its relatively remote location in the county […]

Airline offers flights to Northern Lights

Norwegian airline Widerøe’s trademark green aircraft are nearly the same colour at their latest unusual tourist destination: the Northern Lights. Flights to see the Northern Lights, from high above any clouds that can impede viewing from the ground, are the latest in a string of efforts to generate growth for the venerable airline and help it stay competitive. […]

Airlines also charge more for flights bought abroad

Both Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air charge passengers on flights originating in the US more than they do on flights originating in Norway. The practice of “price optimalization” isn’t unique to the popular Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten after all. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported last week how it can be much cheaper to buy Hurtigruten […]

Tourists pay more on Hurtigruten

Officials at Norway’s famed coastal voyage Hurtigruten were being hit by a wave of criticism on Monday over how they set their fares. Passengers from abroad have been charged much more than Norwegians, especially those buying tickets shortly before departure, and tourism experts fear the practice will worsen Norway’s reputation for high prices. It took a couple […]

Murmansk eyed as new Hurtigruten port

As Norway builds a new fence along its border to Russia, Russian officials in nearby Murmansk are hoping to attract new tourists sailing on Norway’s Hurtigruten passenger and cargo shipping line. The Barents Observer recently reported how Murmansk has become Russia’s visa-free port for passengers from Norway. The far northern Russian city has a new pier […]

Airbnb rentals face tougher taxation

Private individuals who actively engage in short-term rentals of residential property, like that arranged through websites like Airbnb, now face tougher tax liability in Norway. Gone are the days of tax-free rental proceeds, if the authorities determine the rental activity is extensive. Questions remain over how “extensive” the short-term rental activity may be, but newspaper Dagens […]

Bad weather shut Preikestolen

The popular Norwegian mountain ledge known as Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) was closed to hikers and other tourist traffic on Monday because of bad weather and extremely poor visibility. Norway’s entire West Coast was getting hit with another deluge of heavy rain. “We warned folks against hiking up to Preikestolen all day,” Audun Rake of […]