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!

Ærø

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

  • 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, info@paatorvet.dk).
  • 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.

Jutland

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

Aarhus

  • 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 (hotel@themayor.dk; its telephone number is unchanged).

Jelling

  • 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.

Bergen

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

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

Copenhagen

  • The restaurant Noma has closed; it plans to eventually reopen in a new location on the outskirts of Christiania (possibly in 2017).

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

For books printed before March 2015, the following also apply:

Gudbrandsdal Valley

For books printed before July 2015, the following may apply:

Lom

Helsinki

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

Kalmar

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

  • Söderportsgården is no longer renting rooms, although its popular Söderportcafé music café is still operating.

Kristiansand

For books printed before July 2015, the following may apply:

  • 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

  • Near Flåm: Otternes Farms is closed to visitors during 2016, with plans to reopen in 2017.

For books printed before July 2015, the following may apply:

  • 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.

Odense

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

For books printed before March 2015, the following also applies:

  • The Funen Art Museum has closed.

Oslo

  • The Munch Museum is now reachable by bus #20 to the Munchmuseet stop (rather that bus #60); the T-bane to Tøyen still works fine as well.
  • The Oslo tourist information office no longer offers the Oslo Package.
  • The venerable Grand Café, the haunt of many noted Norwegian artists and authors, has closed.

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

  • 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 Cat Snell, cat.snell@perseusbooks.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.
  • The Oslo Pass no longer offers a discount for cruise passengers.
  • Oslo Budget Hotel has closed.
  • The Haraldsheim Youth Hostel has a new email address: oslo.haraldsheim@hihostels.no.

Sognefjord

For books printed before July 2015, the following may apply:

Balestrand

  • 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.

Lustrafjord

  • The ferry service between Kaupanger (on the Sognefjord) and Gudvangen (on the Nærøyfjord) is now run by Fjord 2. Fjord 1 is no longer running a tourist ferry on this route.
  • 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.

Stockholm

  • 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.
  • A number of the city's museums have just switched to free admissions, including these recommended sights:

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

  • 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: hakan.franden@hotmail.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.
  • To get a 10 discount on room rates at Queen’s Hotel when booking through the hotel's site, enter the rate code "RICKS" in all caps.
  • 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, odenplan@uniquehotels.se).
  • Hotel Bema has a new email address: info@hotelbema.se.
  • 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).

Tallinn

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

  • The tourist information office at Viru Keskus has closed permanently.
  • The private bus #90K between the airport and the city center is no longer running.
  • The Travellers’ Tent information service has also closed.
  • Metro 24 Internet café has closed.
  • City Hotel Portus has a new website: www.tallinncityhotelportus.com.
  • Must Lammas restaurant has closed.

Uppsala

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

  • 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).

Växjö and Glass Country

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

  • 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).
  • The Åfors glassworks (near Eriksmåla) has closed.
  • Hotshop tours at the Orrefors glassworks are no longer available, although its museum and gift shop remain open.