Foreign tourists had almost 7.9 million overnight stays in Norway in 2012, of which German tourists accounted for 18.6 per cent. Swedes accounted for 12.3 per cent and Danes 10.6 per cent. The total number of overnight stays was just shy of 30 million in 2012.
In 2012 foreign tourists spent NOK 33.3 billion.
Germans, Danes, Swedes, Dutch and Brits are the most frequent guests in Norway. They had more than half of all foreign guest nights at collective accommodation establishments in Norway in 2012.
Accommodation businesses had a turnover of about NOK 21 billion and food and beverage service activities had a turnover of about NOK 36 billion in 2009.
The average cost of a hotel room in Oslo in 2011 was $180, a lot less than in many other European cities (rooms in Paris, Rome, Venice, London, Amsterdam, Geneva and Stockholm all cost more).
Non-resident guests in Norway in 2012 spent most money on food, attractions and local transporation, together accounting for 12.7 billion NOK. In second place is accomodation, with 10.7 billion NOK spent in 2012.
In 2011 the value of the Norwegian tourism industry was estimated at 136 billion NOK. The Norwegian tourism industry employed 233,000 people, paid about 55 billion NOK in taxes, and bought products and services for 98 billion NOK. (NHO Reiseliv).
More statistics about Norwegian tourism in English.
Number of visitors per market
Number of visitors per market can be found in the table on page 10, here.
2012: Record year
- 2012 was a record year for Norway’s airports: A total of 46,356,583 passengers travelled through Avinor's airports in 2012, over 2 million more than in 2011.
- 2012 was a record year for the Flåm Railway, with well over 600,000 passengers taking the trip between Flåm and Myrdal.
- 588,000 cruise passengers visited Norway in 2012, more than ever before and an increase of 29% compared to 2011. 2012 saw 2066 cruise ship arrivals in Norwegian ports, up 23% since 2011.
Did you know?
In 2012, Norway had more British cruise passengers than the Caribbean: 197,000 Brits chose to go on a cruise in Norway, vs. 189,000 who went to the Caribbean.
Røros in Trøndelag won the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2012 at the World Travel & Tourism Councils (WTTC) award ceremony in 2011 for its ongoing work with sustainable tourism.
Knutholmen in Kalvåg in Bremanger won the Reiselivsprisen 2013 (the "Oscars" of Norwegian tourism).
Northern lights tourism is booming in Northern Norway and estimates show this will provide a 200 million NOK turnover in the Tromsø region in 2013.
Bergen is Norway's busiest cruise port, with 322 ship arrivals in 2012. Geiranger is number two with 202, and Oslo number three with 166. In 2013 both Stavanger and Aurland/Flåm are expected to pass by Oslo on this list.
Throughout 2013 Norway is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863–1944), one of the towering figures of modern art.
“Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye” exhibition drew one million visitors in Paris, Frankfurt and London between May 2011 and Sep 2012. The exhibition moved to the Munch Museum in Oslo in Oct 2012, and was shown there until 17 Feb 2013.
Press contact for the Munch Museum in Oslo.