When we learn of critical changes to the information in our Scandinavia guidebook, we post them here. (Of course, it’s still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you’re set for a great trip!
- The Bed and Beer Guest House has been renovated and is now called the På Torvet apartments (Db-750 kr, 200-kr linen and cleaning fee, free Wi-Fi, Torvet 7, tel. 62 52 40 50, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Villa Blomberg hostel near Ærøskøbing has closed.
- Toldbodhus B&B has closed.
- Ærø Isen ice cream shop has closed.
- The Spar Market on Torvet Square has closed.
- The town’s tourist information office is no longer open to the public, but still offers information online at www.visitaarhus.com.
- The Moesgård Museum (prehistory) has reopened in its brand-new building at Moesgård Allé 15 in Højbjerg (take bus #18 from Park Allé near Town Hall).
- The Scandic Plaza Aarhus Hotel has new owners and a new name: The Mayor Hotel (email@example.com; its telephone number is unchanged).
- Train travelers headed to Jelling from Copenhagen or Aarhus must transfer in Vejle, which is connected to Jelling by hourly trains (direction: Herning) and bus #211.
- Kongernes Jelling Museum is closed until summer 2015.
- The town’s tourist information office has relocated to the Torghallen market building, alongside the harbor.
- Bergen Guide Service no longer offers a daily walking tour in summer.
- The Flaggruten fast boat service no longer runs between Bergen and Stavanger.
- The Jarlens Vaskoteque launderette has closed.
- The Bergen Folklore Show no longer has regularly scheduled programs for tourists.
- Hotel Park Bergen has a new website and email address: www.hotelpark.no, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge has a new email address: email@example.com.
- Skansen Pensjonat has a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bergen YMCA Hostel has a new email address: email@example.com.
- Montana Family & Youth Hostel has a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rosenborg Castle no longer charges 20 kr to take photos.
- In 2015, Hans Christian Andersen morning walking tours by Richard Karpen begin at 9:30. His Rosenborg Castle tour begins at 12:00, lasts one hour, and now costs 90 kr (doesn’t include castle entry).
- Bike Copenhagen with Mike has a new, easier to find location at 47 Sankt Peders Stræde (near Sankt Peders Church). You’ll pass right by as you follow our self-guided Copenhagen walk.
- The Museum of Danish Resistance is closed indefinitely, as it’s being rebuilt following an arson attack.
- There is no longer a permanent exhibit at the Danish Design Center, but the facility sometimes hosts events.
- Danhostel Copenhagen Amager has a new Web address: www.danhostelcopenhagen.dk.
- Söderportsgården is no longer renting rooms, although its popular Söderportcafé music café is still operating.
- The Frobusdalen Rom guesthouse has closed.
- Color Line ferries no longer offer a discount to rail-pass travelers on the Hirtshals–Kristiansand or Hirtshals–Larvik routes.
Norway in a Nutshell
The Flåmsbana train service between Myrdal and Flåm has been temporarily cancelled after severe flooding. Check the NSB’s site for updates.
You can now reserve the Flåmsbana train portion of the Norway in a Nutshell route, together with the connecting Oslo–Bergen train, with NSB (the Norwegian national railway). However, you can’t use a US-issued credit card to purchase an advance ticket for these trains on the NSB website. To buy an advance ticket, you’ll need to call NSB at 81 50 08 88 or 23 62 00 00 (from the US, 011-47-81-50-08-88 or 011-47-23-62-00-00). After making your reservation, you’ll be sent an email with a link to a site that accepts payment by US credit card. You then can choose whether to pick up the ticket at the train station in Norway or download a pdf and print the ticket yourself.
- Some copies from the second (January 2013) printing of Rick Steves’ Scandinavia, 13th edition, contain a printer’s error. These copies have been recalled, but if you have recently purchased this edition, check the Oslo chapter. If the heading on page 239 reads “Eating in Bratislava,” return the book to your bookseller, or contact the publisher (via Bobby Dunne, email@example.com).
- The tourist-information kiosk at the cruise port and its office near City Hall have closed, but a new tourist-information office is in the Østbanehallen next to the Oslo Central train station (May–Sept daily 9:00–18:00, Oct–April daily 9:00–16:00, tel. +47 81 53 05 55). The TI no longer offers a booking service for private homes, but does list B&Bs and pensions on its website.
- Oslo Budget Hotel has closed.
- The Haraldsheim Youth Hostel has a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The express boat between Bergen and the Sognefjord, which stops in Balestrand and Flåm, is now operated by Norled (see their website for updated prices and schedules).
- Gekken’s Rooms are no longer available to rent above Gekken’s restaurant (but the restaurant is still open).
- Sjøtun Camping has a new telephone number: mobile 95 06 72 61.
- Nes Gard Farmhouse B&B has new phone numbers: 57 68 39 43 and mobile 95 23 26 94.
- Drivers going from the Lustrafjord to Bergen via the Nutshell route will find some changes (most notably a new one-way stretch) in the drive from Gudvangen to road E-16.
- The city’s tourist information office has a new website: www.visitstockholm.com.
- The Visit Skärgården tourist office on the Strandvägen embankment is no longer operating.
- Local guide Håkan Frändén has a new email address: email@example.com.
- The Sweden Bookshop has closed.
- The National Museum of Fine Arts has closed for renovation; during the closure, part of its collection will be on display at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts (Fredsgatan 12, tel. 08/232-925).
- The daily military parade to the Royal Palace sets off two blocks from Nybroplan, in front of the Army Museum at Riddargatan 13.
- Hotel Oden has closed.
- Hotel A & Be has also closed.
- Stureparkens Gästvåning hotel has…wait for it…closed.
- Hotel Gustav Vasa is now the Ibis Styles Stockholm Odenplan (tel. 08/343-801, fax 08/307-372, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Hotel Bema has a new email address: email@example.com.
- Pontus by the Sea restaurant has closed.
- The Kungsholmen food court near City Hall is now called the Trattorian, and has a more Italian-style cuisine (but keeps the same phone number).
- The city’s tourist information office is now located across the street from the main train station (at Kungsgatan 59).
- The Hemköp grocery store is no longer located in the Åhléns department store; it’s now at Dragarbruunsgatan 50 (between the train station and Stora Torget).
- The House of Emigrants no longer offers genealogical research services, but some of their databases are available to the public (the museum and its exhibits, however, are still open).