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Guidebook Updates for Norway

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Norway, 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!

Across Norway

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.
  • NSB railways and Nettbuss bus services have a new name: Vy and Vy Buss.

Bergen

  • Lido Restaurant is closed.
  • Dickens restaurant has closed permanently.
  • The correct website for Marken Gjestehus is www.marken-gjestehus.com.
  • The correct email address for Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz is rosenkrantz@olavthon.no.
  • The correct email address for Citybox Bergen City is bergen@citybox.no.
  • KODE 4 — one building of the KODE Art Museums hosting an eclectic cross-section of both international and Norwegian artists — is closed for maintenance until further notice.
  • The shuttle bus that ran from the Hanseatic Museum to the Fisheries Museum has stopped running. To link the two, it's an easy 15-20-minute walk or a 20-minute ferry ride. Buses also connect the two museums in 5 minutes.
  • The Bergen Card now covers the Norwegian Fisheries Museum and gives you 20 percent off the admission price at the Schøtstuene (Hanseatic Assembly Rooms).
  • Bergen YMCA Hostel has permanently closed.
  • Anne Madam Restaurant has closed.
  • The Bryggens Museum reopens on June 18 with a new exhibition and new hours through August — daily 10:00–16:00 — with shorter hours in the off-season; admission is now 100 kr.
  • Most of the Hanseatic Museum on the Bryggen harborfront is closed for restoration until at least spring 2024. The Schøtstuene (Hanseatic Assembly Rooms) part of the exhibit, however, has reopened with new exhibits covering Hanseatic life and the history of Bryggen, as well as a medieval ruin visible through a newly installed glass floor (daily 10:00–18:00, until 17:00 May and Sept; 11:00–15:00 Oct–Dec).
  • The correct email address for Thon Hotel Orion is orion@olavthon.no.

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

  • The telephone number for train information for Norway in a Nutshell, Oslo, and Bergen routes is +47 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 kr).
  • The White Lady harbor tour boat is no longer running.
  • 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:

Norway in a Nutshell

For books printed before June 2018, the following may apply:

  • The telephone number for train information for Norway in a Nutshell, Oslo, and Bergen routes is +47 61 05 19 10 — press 9 for English.
  • The tourist information office in Flåm no longer sells tickets for the Lustrabaatane ferry to Gudvangen. Tickets are available online, from a vendor at the dock (in summer), and onboard.
  • The Fjords Tours' "Norway in a Nutshell" package is now sold at tourist information offices and train stations in Oslo and Bergen.

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 Tours 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

  • On Olaf Ryes Polass, dive bar Ryes has closed.
  • On Olaf Ryes Plass, Quesadilla (Mexican fare) is now Skaal Matbar (sophisticated small plates).
  • Ma Poule wine bar (in the Mathallen Oslo market) is now called Galopin.
  • Troy's Burger, on Torggata, has closed.
  • Pisco restaurant, on Badstugata, has closed.
  • Ellingson's Pensjonat is now Villa Marie. New website is www.villamarie.net.
  • Comfort Hotel Karl Johan telephone number is now +47 23 01 03 52.
  • Thon hotels have changed their email domain from "thonhotels.no" to "olavthon.no" So, for example, the new email for the Rosenkrantaz location is now rosenkrantzoslo@olavthon.no.
  • House of Oslo shopping mall closed in 2018.
  • Perminalen Hotel has a new website: www.perminalen.no.
  • Open Top Sightseeing no longer runs hop-on, hop-off buses in Oslo.
  • Båtservice no longer operates bus tours of Oslo.
  • Oslo Guideservice no longer offers the "Oslo Promenade" walking tour.
  • Viking Biking no longer offers walk-up rentals; you must reserve in advance (daily flat rate of 2,000 NOK for 1–10 bikes, includes helmet, lock, and map).
  • Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum is in the middle of a multiyear expansion, and exhibits will ultimately move into the new Viking Age Museum (scheduled to open by 2025). In the interim, some ships may not be on display in the museum.
  • The opening of the new Munch Museum has been postponed until spring 2021. The new location is on the harbor, facing the Opera House at Bjørvika. Cost and hours are still undetermined but this is what we suspect: 120 NOK; daily 10:00–17:00, Oct–May until 16:00; café and restaurant, on the harbor opposite the Opera House at Bjørvika, +47 23 49 35 00, www.munchmuseet.no.
  • The National Gallery is closed; it's slated to reopen as part of the New National Museum in 2021.

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

  • The telephone number for train information for Norway in a Nutshell, Oslo, and Bergen routes is +47 61 05 19 10 — press 9 for English.
  • Royal Marine Seafood Grill has closed.

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 kr 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:

Sognefjord

  • In Balestrand, the Pilgrim restaurant in the Golden House Gallery building is closed.
  • Sjøtun Camping (in Balestrand) has closed for good.

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

  • In summer, there is now an extra run of the Glacier Bus from Sogndal to the Nigard Glacier, making a half-day visit possible.
  • In Sogndal on the Lustrafjord, Loftesnes Pensjonat has closed.

Stavanger

  • There is no longer a viable bus connection between Bergen and the ferry that departs from Kristiansand, Norway, to Hirtschals, Denmark. The ferry is still running.
  • Parts of Stavanger's cathedral, the oldest in Norway, will be closed to visitors for restoration through 2023 as it gears up to celebrate its 900th birthday in 2025.
  • In Stavanger, Rødne Fjord Clipper is now Rødne Fjord Cruise and runs daily bus trips and cruise-plus-bus combo trips to Pulpit Rock. Bus tours from Stavanger to the Rock are now operated by Go Fjords and Pulpit Rock Tours; Tide Reiser and Boreal no longer run these buses.
  • In Stavanger, the underwater Ryfast Tunnel is now open. Bus tours to Pulpit Rock and travelers with cars use the nine-mile tunnel, which burrows under the sea at Stavanger and emerges near Solbakk on the other side (140-NOK toll). From there it's a short drive on highway 13 to the parking lot and trailhead at Pulpit Rock.

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

  • Nye La Piazza restaurant has closed.
  • The Printing Museum was slated to reopen by 2016, but remains closed for the foreseeable future.