New figures show a strong increase in the number of cruise visitors to Norway, with Bergen the most popular port of call.
The number of cruise passengers visiting ports in Norway has risen by almost 1.5 million, or a little over 56%, during the last seven years, according to the lobby group Cruise Norway.
The number of cruise passenger arrivals is expected to be close to 4 million in 2019, Cruise Norway figures obtained by the Norwegian news agency NTB show.
This is a considerable increase on the 2.5 million passengers who landed on Norwegian shores in 2012.
These are not the actual numbers of individual cruise passengers, however, as a single passenger may have landed in several places during the same voyage.
All vessels are required to report the number of passengers and their nationalities to the port authorities at the point of entry.
Forecasts show that cruise ships will make 2,365 calls at the country’s ports this year, compared with 2,063 in 2012, an increase of around 15%.
The most popular port for cruises passing through Norway is Bergen, followed by Stavanger, Ålesund, Tromsø and stops in the scenic fjords such as Geiranger, Flåm, Romsdalsfjorden and Nordfjord.