Guidebook Updates for ‘Rick Steves Scandinavia’

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!

Bergen

  • The telephone number for train information for Norway in a Nutshell, Oslo, and Bergen routes is +47 (0) 61 05 19 10 – press 9 for English.

For books printed before February 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Travelers arriving at or departing from the newly remodeled Flesland Airport have the option of taking the Bybanen tram to/from the city center. Ticket machines will work with a US credit card plus PIN (45 minutes, 37 NOK).
  • The White Lady harbor tour boat is no longer running.
  • The cathedral is closed for renovation but should reopen by 2019.
  • Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge has been renamed Thon Hotel Orion.
  • Skansen Pensjonat near the Fløibanen funicular station has closed.
  • Peppes Pizza has closed its restaurants near the Fish Market and Hanseatic Museum and moved to Olav Kyrres Gate 11.
  • The Kjøttbasaren food hall has closed.
  • Söstrene Hagelin Fast Fish Joint has moved to Strandgaten 3.
  • Kafe Magdalena has changed its name to Krohnhagen Café and moved to Kong Oscars Gate 54.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • St. Mary's Church (Mariakirken) has reopened for services and sightseeing (50 kr) after an extensive restoration.

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

Copenhagen

  • There are number of changes to public transportation: Bus #11A no longer runs and bus #5C (not #5A) connects the station to Nørreport; pick up the Bus, Train & Metro Guide map at the tourist information office or check www.rejseplanen.dk for options. The two-zone klippekort ticket is no longer available, and it is no longer necessary to stamp tickets at yellow boxes; instead passengers should be prepared to show tickets to bus drivers and train personnel.
  • Noma restaurant is slated to reopen in its new location in February 2018, and is now taking reservations. Reserve on their website; they no longer accept phone reservations (open for lunch and dinner Wed–Sat, northeast of Opera House at Nefshalevej 96, www.noma.dk).
  • The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art gallery is now free on Tue (not Sun), and is open until 22:00 on Thu.
  • The Museum of Copenhagen, which has been closed since 2015, is slated to reopen in late 2018 in a new location (Stormgade 18).
  • Sankt Annæ B&B has closed.
  • Café Sommersko has closed.
  • Bastionen & Løven restaurant has closed.
  • Kødbyens Deli has closed.
  • Jensen’s Bøfhus restaurant has closed.
  • Skildpadden restaurant has closed.
  • Andersen Bakery has closed.
  • City Public Hostel has closed.
  • Carlton Hotel has changed its name to 66 Guldsmeden.

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • All Bike Copenhagen with Mike tours must be booked in advance at http://bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk/bookings.
  • The National Museum is no longer free; adult admission is now 75 kr.
  • Cruise-ship passengers arriving at the Oceankaj terminal who wish to take the public bus into town now must first ride bus #27 from the terminal to the Østerport train station, and then transfer to bus #26 for the ride into central Copenhagen.

Helsinki

  • Helsinki's tram lines have been reorganized. New route maps are available on the transport network's website.
  • Temppeliaukio Church now charges admission (€3).
  • Sundmans Krog Bistro has closed.
  • The Erottajanpuisto hostel is now called Hostel Diana Park and has a new website (www.dianapark.fi).

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Helsinki City Museum is now located at Aleksanterinkatu 16 and is open Mon–Fri 11:00–19:00, Sat–Sun 11:00–17:00.

For books printed before June 2015, the following may also apply:

Norway in a Nutshell

  • The telephone number for train information for Norway in a Nutshell, Oslo, and Bergen routes is +47 (0) 61 05 19 10 — press 9 for English.

For books published before February 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Two ferry companies now run boats on the fjord between Flåm and Gudvangen: The Fjords and Lustrabaatane. If you're buying your own Nutshell tickets, Lustrabaatane is the cheapest option. The Fjords replaces Sognefjorden Sightseeing & Tours.

For books published before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Near Flåm: Otternes Farms is closed to visitors.

Oslo

  • The telephone number for train information for Norway in a Nutshell, Oslo, and Bergen routes is +47 (0) 61 05 19 10 – press 9 for English.

For books printed before February 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Guided tours of the richly decorated City Hall are now offered only in summer (June–Aug daily at 10:00, 12:00, and 14:00).
  • The outlying Rygge Airport in the town of Moss is closed. Discount airlines now primarily use Sandefjord Airport Torp, 70 miles south of the city.
  • Construction on the speedy X 2000 train line from Oslo to Stockholm will likely interrupt service through 2020. Slower SJ InterCity trains will still be available (35 NOK reservations still required for InterCity trains in all classes).
  • Alibaba Restaurant has closed.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Munch Museum is now reachable by bus #20 to the Munchmuseet stop (rather than bus #60); the T-bane to Tøyen still works fine as well.
  • The venerable Grand Café, the haunt of many noted Norwegian artists and authors, has reopened (and now includes a wine cellar).

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

Stockholm

  • Several museums/sights are temporarily closed:
  • The military parade now starts running daily earlier in the year (late April) but no longer takes place daily in September (Wed, Sat-Sun only).
  • The English Bookshop has moved to the Södermalm district at Södermannag 22.
  • Royal Sightseeing is now called Red Buses and offers hop-on, hop-off bus and boat tours.
  • Strömma’s 1.25-hour Old Town walking tour now leaves from Gustav Adolfs torg.
  • Mat and Bar café has closed.
  • The City Hall has a new website: www.stockholm.se/stadshuset.
  • Buses #3 and #50 stop at City Hall.
  • The route for bus #71 has changed and no longer works for travelers arriving by cruise ship.
  • Ferries to Turku, Helsinki, Tallinn, and Riga now depart from Värtahamnen port.
  • The Scandic Kungsgatan hotel has closed.
  • HTL Kungsgatan is now called Scandic No. 53 and has new contact info: +46 (0)8/5173-6500, www.scandichotels.com, no53@scandichotels.com.
  • Columbus Hotel is now called NOFO Hotel/NOFO Loft and is a hybrid hotel/hostel. There is a new website and email address: www.nofohotel.se, info@nofo.se.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • A number of the city's museums have just switched to free admissions, including these recommended sights:
  • Ånedin Hostel, aka the M/S Birger Jarl, is no longer moored right by the Royal Palace, but south of Gamla Stan, on the northeast shore of Södermalm, at Stadsgårdskajen 156 (10-minute walk from Slussen T-bana station).
  • Urban Hostel Old Town has closed.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Stockholm Card has been discontinued. In its place are two new options: the Stockholm Pass (covers entry to 60 Stockholm sights as well as unlimited hop-on, hop-off bus/boat tours; available in one-, two-, three, and five-day options, with an optional Travelcard add-on) and the Stockholm Prepaid Card (covers more than 30 sights; available in a 500kr version that covers public transportation for 24 hours, and a 1,000kr version that covers transportation for 72 hours). Before buying either of these cards, evaluate them carefully to see if your pass use will warrant their cost. Note: Neither the Stockholm Pass nor the Stockholm Prepaid Card cover Skansen.
  • The reopening of the National Museum of Fine Arts is now slated for 2018.