What to expect in 2023

While the Northern Lights and Norwegian Fjords remain the biggest international tourist attractions in Norway, regular visitors often prefer to seek out something new.

Many new attractions opened in 2022, including the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. Although few major attractions are set to open in 2023, there are still plenty of exciting news and changes for traveling to Norway in the coming year.

New exhibitions at the National Museum

After a successful launch, the National Museum in Oslo is entering its first full year with an intriguing list of exhibitions spanning ancient, modern and contemporary art, crafts, design and architecture.

From February to mid-May, a selection of prints by American artist Carroll Dunham is presented for the very first time in the Nordic region.

From early May to early August, the museum’s vast Light Hall highlights the personal and emotional works of Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) alongside Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso to present themes such as loneliness, love, disease, sexuality and gender. roles.

In November and December, the work of pioneering Norwegian painter Harriet Backer (1845-1932) will fill the Light Hall before going on tour to Stockholm, Paris and Bergen.

The world’s first all-electric public transport

Norway’s capital, Oslo, has an ambitious plan to become a net-zero emissions city by 2030. While its emissions have steadily declined in recent years, Oslo needs to tackle road traffic emissions.

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A recent agreement to replace the city’s last diesel buses with 450 electric buses by the end of 2023 will complete Oslo’s transition to an all-electric public transport system. City residents and visitors can already take advantage of the electrified trains, trams, ferries and several hundred electric buses already in service.

With electric vehicles now dominating the streets of the city, environmentally conscious tourists can also take advantage of electric taxis, airport shuttles, rental cars and tourist buses.

troll tourism

Netflix’s unexpectedly successful film Troll put Norwegian nature at the center of its story. Whether this will result in more bookings at mountain filming locations remains to be seen, but Visit Norway is doing everything in its power to encourage this.

The high vertical rock face of Trollveggen, the Dovrefjell and Jotunheimen mountains and the Valdresflye scenic route are among the places that could see a tourism boom in 2023.

A big year for the Northern Lights

Experts say the spectacular, multicolored Northern Lights seen across Norway towards the end of 2022 are just the start of what we can expect as the sun’s activity increases in the coming year.

Although it is rarely possible to predict the exact time of an aurora display, the cycle of solar activity is much more predictable. As we head towards a solar maximum, the number of intensive displays should increase. If you’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights, 2023 and 2024 are good years to plan a trip.

New Small Boat Expedition Cruises in Svalbard

Planning to travel to Svalbard? While tourism in the Arctic archipelago is still encouraged, environmental rules could soon wipe out large ships in the most protected areas.

Entering service in Svalbard in June 2023, MV Vikingfjord is the new expedition cruise ship from polar experts Secret Atlas. One of the world’s greenest small expedition vessels, the Vikingfjord operates with a 95% reduction in NOx emissions.

It takes just 12 guests, ensuring an intimate experience and low impact on the delicate Arctic environment. Guests can choose between a 7-day micro-cruise, a 14-day circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, or a 10-day photography-focused expedition later in the year.

Ferries will be cheaper

In its 2023 budget, the Norwegian government announced that it would reduce the cost of using ferries. The cost of all publicly subsidized ferries will decrease by up to 50%, with ferries to islands without a road connection being completely free.

While not all ferries are included in the cost reduction, it should still result in a saving if you’re planning a long road trip to Norway this summer, especially along the coastline.

A new wellness retreat in Oslo

Opened in late 2022, the Vestkantbadet urban wellness retreat at the striking new Hotel Sommerro is ready to welcome guests all year round.

The team spent five years renovating the former Frogner bathhouse and the results are spectacular.

The entire original swimming pool with its 1930s mosaics has been refurbished and restored, the tubs once used by Oslo residents who had no facilities at home have been turned into treatment rooms, and the bath Roman has become a cold plunge pool and an infrared sauna.

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