There were 1.1 million Norwegian and 311 000 foreign guest nights at hotels, an increase of 67 and 69 per cent respectively.

Compared to January 2020, before the pandemic, there was a 6.5 per cent decrease in Norwegian guest nights and 18 per cent decrease in foreign guest nights.

– In January 2022 there were still restrictions due to the outbreak of the omicron variant. The strong increase from January 2022 was due to the lifting of the travel restriction in February last year. This year, the number of guest nights is returning to pre-pandemic levels, says adviser Boyd Oyier from Statistics Norway.

If we add guest nights at campsites, All types of establishments with a rental unit (apartments, huts etc.) with self-catering and limited service. Stays are short-term, there were a total of 1.8 million guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments in January 2023. According to new figures from the accommodation statistics this is 589 000 more than January last year.

Figure 1. Overnight stays by country of residence. January 2019-2023

Guest nights at hotels increased in all counties

Guest nights at hotels increased across all counties in January this year compared to January 2022. The largest increases in Norwegian guest nights were in Oslo and Viken, while the increase in foreign guest nights was highest in Oslo and Troms og Finnmark.

Nearly 6 out of 10 guest nights at hotels were in the A tourism region is a regional classification for a level between county and municipality. These regions have been designated by a tourism bureau or other agency within the tourism industry in cooperation with Statistics Norway Oslo, Bergensregion, Romerike, Tromsø, Trondheim and Stavangerregion.

Figure 2. Hotel guest nights for tourism regions with most guest nights in January 2023. January 2020 to 2023

Early estimates on tourism published by Eurostat show that the total number of nights spent at tourist accommodations in 2022 was close to the pre-pandemic level (

Small increase at camping sites in January 2023

  • 119 000 guest nights at Norwegian camping sites
  • 4.9 percent increase from January last year
  • Norwegian guest nights increased by 5.1 percent
  • Foreign guest nights increased by 3.9 percent.

Little change at holiday dwellings and youth hostels in January 2023

  • 211 000 guest nights at holiday dwellings and youth hostels
  • Norwegian guest nights increased by 2.4 percent
  • Foreign guest nights increased by 2.9 percent.

In accordance with definitions from Eurostat, refugees should be excluded from tourism statistics and not be considered as guests in the context of tourism statistics when they stay at a tourist accommodation establishment. Refugees from Ukraine cannot be assigned by purpose as holiday, occupation or course, conference. It was not possible to extract all refugees guest nights and some stays are included in the statistics. For accommodation establishments that have more than 25 guest nights from Ukraine during the month, the guest nights have been removed from the statistic. Establishments that are exclusively hosting refugees are not included in the statistics.

Seasonally adjusted figures for accommodation statistics were first introduced with the publication of the January 2022 statistics. Monthly time series are often characterized by considerable seasonal variations, which might complicate their interpretation. Seasonal adjustment removes the effects of these fluctuations, giving a clearer picture of the time series