Norway rolls up the welcome mat

New studies show that a solid majority of Norwegians are fed up with mass tourism and want to impose more taxes on tourists, especially those arriving on cruiseships and arranging accommodation through Airbnb. Now even the national employers’ association NHO is calling for major cuts in cruiseship arrivals. The call comes after this week’s release […]

Woman killed in fall off Hurtigruten ship

A woman believed to have been on board a Hurtigruten vessel died on Thursday after reportedly falling off the ship as it was arriving at Ålesund Wednesday evening. Police reported they had no reason to believe there was any criminal activity involved as they continued to investigate how the incident occurred. The woman, whose identity […]

Hotel owner part of group buying Ving

Petter Stordalen, Norway’s flamboyant hotel owner and real estate investor, emerged Wednesday as part of a group that’s buying the Ving charter tour group’s operations in the Nordic countries from the bankrupt travel firm Thomas Cook. Stordalen’s Strawberry Group will take over Vinggruppen along with investment funds Altor and TDR Capital. Strawberry and Altor are […]

Government slashes funds to promote tourism

The Norwegian government plans to cut more than 20 percent out of its funding for tourism marketing next year. The state budget presented on Monday still includes NOK 180 million to help promote Norway, but that’s NOK 51.5 million less than last year. The government claims that increased digitalization and use of social media has […]

Bodø wins as a ‘Capital of Culture’

The Norwegian city of Bodø has become the first city north of the Arctic Circle and outside the EU to become a European Capital of Culture, in 2024. Civic boosters in Bodø were celebrating on Wednesday, after attracting the biggest international event ever in Northern Norway. “We are incredibly glad today,” Bodø Mayor Ida Pinnerød […]

Ving to resume flights on Tuesday

Ving Norge, the Norwegian subsidiary of bankrupt charter tour company Thomas Cook, claimed Monday night that its customers could start taking off on holiday again from Tuesday. Thomas Cook’s Nordic operations, Vinggruppen, said it could resume flights despite its owner’s severe financial troubles. “Early tomorrow (Tuesday) we’ll have three flights that can take our customers […]

Cook bankruptcy strands thousands

UPDATED: Tens of thousands of Norwegians are among those stranded or facing financial losses after the parent company of charter tour operator Ving Norge, the UK-based Thomas Cook Group, filed for bankruptcy early Monday. Ving itself is not in bankruptcy but it cancelled all flights to and from the Nordic countries and customers were largely […]

Minister keen to curb foreign tour buses

It may take time, says Transport Minister Jon Georg Dale of the conservative Progress Party, but he’s keen to regulate foreign tour buses more strongly and actively. Opposition Center Party politicians claim it’s a “great shame” that the government hasn’t done more to help Norwegian bus drivers who can’t compete against the cheaper foreign competition […]

Foreign bus invasion rolls over Norway

Norway’s summer tourist season is far from over, even though most Norwegians are back in school and at work. Along with the hordes of foreign tourists still in the country this summer are foreign tour buses that are all but driving Norwegian tour bus operators off the roads. Newspaper Aftenposten reported recently about all the […]

Russia won’t let Hurtigruten sail

Russian authorities have spoiled some exclusive Arctic cruise plans for passengers on board one of the Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten‘s newest vessels, the MS Spitsbergen. After initially seeming to welcome more cruise traffic in Russian waters, the Russians have suddenly denied the vessel entry. “We’d had a good dialogue with Russian authorities for a long […]