Norwegians went to camping sites and holiday dwellings in September


Guest nights in September 2020 declined by 34 per cent compared to the same month last year. All types of accommodation establishments declined, but the increase in guest nights from Norway at camping sites and holiday dwellings softened the decline.

Figures from the accommodation statistics show there were approximately 1.8 million guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments in September this year. This was almost 1 million fewer than in September last year. Norwegian guest nights declined by 20 per cent, while foreign guest nights declined by 73 per cent. Norwegian guest nights increased by 11 per cent at camping sites and 32 per cent at holiday dwellings and youth hostels.

- Norwegians love to travel, and we have during this pandemic seen that holiday dwellings and camping sites, where people can be together in small groups are popular destinations, says Kristin Aasestad, advisor at Statistics Norway.

Restrictions to slow down the spread of the pandemic in September were particularly linked to travel from foreign countries and social distancing, this is evident in the figures from September.

Figure 1. Total guest nights in September by nationality

September 2010 September 2011 September 2012 September 2013 September 2014 September 2015 September 2016 September 2017 September 2018 September 2019 September 2020
Norway 1718251 1757799 1861635 1714075 1851172 1894558 1971430 2037694 1958441 2018340 1622126
Foreign 483945 481214 533050 525797 575307 631592 700369 750552 715474 767914 204795

Regional differences

In September, as we have seen in previous months, there are regional differences to how the pandemic affects the industry. Agder had an increase in total guest nights compared to September last year, while all the other counties declined. The decline was particularly evident in Oslo, Vestland, Viken, and Svalbard.

Hotels still affected

There were 1.3 million guest nights at Norwegian hotels in September 2020. This was 42 per cent lower compared to September 2019. September is a month with a traditionally high level of guests traveling for business, and in September the decline for travellers with business as a purpose declined as much as a holiday purpose.