Norwegians are turning their eyes towards their own country after the authorities recommend spending their summer holidays domestically this year. Lofoten has risen up as a favorite of many.
Authorities advise against travel abroad which is not strictly necessary due to the corona crisis. That is why Norwegians are asked to plan for a Norwegian holiday this year.
In a recent survey conducted by Norstat on behalf of Finn Reis, three out of four Norwegians responded that they plan to take a summer vacation this year. 73 per cent of them will have a Norwegian holiday.
“The travel industry has been particularly hard hit by the corona crisis. But because many Norwegians will now spend the summer in Norway, we see that interest in holiday trips around the country has increased dramatically,” says Commercial Director Terje Berge at Finn reis.
Many people want to go to Lofoten
In another survey conducted by Norstat on behalf of ABC News, three out of ten Norwegians responded that they want to go to Lofoten this summer.
“It means a lot to us that many Norwegians will come to Lofoten,” says Mayor Frank Johnsen (Senterpartiet) in the municipality of Vågan.
“We have a travel industry that has been down since March 12. We have canceled many festivals. We have a large number of hotels and tourist facilities that are empty. We are very positive about welcoming tourists,” says the Mayor.
Cabins in Southern Norway
In the Finn survey, Lofoten comes in first place in Norwegians’ dream destinations in their own country. In second place is Northern Norway in general, while Svalbard is in third place.
Southern Norway (Sørlandet) is in fourth place, and many are planning to rent cabins along the coast this summer. The areas around Kragerø, Kristiansand, Hvaler, Risør and Arendal are especially popular.
“So popular that many of the cabins were fully booked as early as April,” says Terje Berge at Finn reis.
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