Life in Norway Show Episode # 54: Satu from travel agency 50 Degrees North talks about future travel trends in Norway, in addition to the distinctions between Finland and Norway.
International travel to Norway has been hard to difficult for more than a year now. But we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Will tourism patterns have altered, and if so, how?
I asked Satu Vänskä-Westgarth from travel bureau 50 Degrees North on to the Life in Norway Show to go over precisely that.
Satu is a Finnish national with a British partner living in Norway, so we likewise chatted a little about her experiences as a Nordic resident in Norway.
50 Degrees North deal authentic trips and experiences to Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the High Arctic, the Baltics, Russia and Kamchatka. Based worldwide, 90% of the team are native to the Nordic region.
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Slow travel in Norway
Just Recently, Visit Norway provided an ambitious new tourist strategy that aims to place the country as a leader in green travel. I asked Satu if she believed we might see a boost in sluggish travel, where people spend more time in one place.
” I think in some ways people will travel more locally, near their own homes. A lot of individuals have discovered the beauty of their own home. I do believe that there is still a place for longer-haul travel, specifically as people have actually not been able to do that for a while.”
” I truly hope that individuals will believe about sustainability. We have seen how a few of the congested locations have actually recovered when theres not so huge crowds. What we intend to do is that when customers travel with us, possibly they are originating from further away once they are here, they will leave as little trace as possible.”
Groups trips vs specific experiences
Satu says that they 50 Degrees North have actually gotten a great deal of interest from individuals wanting to book personal experiences. It remains to be seen whether this is a short-term desire, or a sign of a long-lasting shift.
Living in Norway as a Finnish citizen
I also asked Satu about life in Norway as a foreigner. Coming from another Nordic nation, did she feel like an immigrant? “I definitely did!”, she said.
” But nowadays Ive lived in Norway for 10 years so Norway is absolutely home. So is London and Ireland and other locations Ive lived in.”
Regarding Norway and Finland, Satu said that as fellow Nordic nations, there are a lot of similarities in society, but plenty of differences too, most significantly the languages.
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” I think in some ways individuals will take a trip more in your area, near their own houses. I do believe that there is still a location for longer-haul travel, specifically as people have actually not been able to do that for a while.”
I also asked Satu about life in Norway as an immigrant.