Overnight stays in October fell notably compared to the same month last year, figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show. Overnight stays at campsites and cabins helped to dampen the fall somewhat.
There were around 1.5 million overnight stays in October this year, 730,000 fewer than in 2019, figures from SSB show.
The decline was large for overnight hotel stays, which fell by 29%. Overnight stays at campsites increased by 13%, while overnight stays at cabins and hostels increased by 21%.
Despite several companies reporting a relatively good autumn holiday season, there was a decline in all the country’s counties, except Agder, where overnight stays were at the same level as in 2019.
The decline was particularly large in Oslo, Vestland, Viken, and Svalbard.
“Fewer overnight stays in Norway in the last months before a new social lockdown in November does not bode well for the rest of the year,” adviser Kristin Aasestad at SSB noted.
The number of total Norwegian overnight stays decreased by 23%, while foreign overnight stays fell by 70%.
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