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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Cold weather sends Norwegians south

An unusually cold May and no clear signs of warmer weather heading into June have apparently left many Norwegians with literally cold feet, and no faith in sunny summer holidays at home. Newspaper Aftenposten reports they’re now booking trips to warmer climes in droves.

Ving is among the package tour operators reporting a jump in recent bookings, up 34 percent in the past week alone. “We are clearly seeing that sales of holiday trips during the summer months have jumped over May of last year,” Ellen Wollf Andresen of another major tour firm, Ticket Feriereiser, told Aftenposten. “We’re pretty certain it’s the bad weather here recently that’s influencing people’s choices. We’re all hungry for some sunshine and warmth now. No one likes autumn-like weather in May.”

And especially not in July. The chilly spring and dismal forecasts have made many fear that July will be rainy and chilly as well. They’re not taking chances on the weather during their precious weeks of summer holiday.

Sales are up 15 percent at Star Tour, Aftenposten reported, compared to last year. “When warm weather hasn’t materialized by May, many want to secure themselves a warm holiday,” said Mathia Berendahl of Star Tour. Both Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian were also reporting higher sales in May. According to Ticket Feriereiser, top destinations are Palma de Mallorca, Crete, Bangkok and Antalya in Turkey. staff



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