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Foreign guides often clueless about Norway. Visiting tourists fed false information. Kari Steinsvik has heard about many tales told by foreign guides concerning Norway from local tourist bus drivers. The huge demand caused by the number of cruise passengers that visit Vestlandet each year leaves a gap wider than many of the region’s fjords.Tearing their hair out Steinsvik is Chairperson of the Norwegian Local Guide Association. It despairs about the number of them who that flock to Norway during the summer months; they neither have the authorisation nor the training. In fact, anyone can work as a guide here.

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Foreign guides often clueless about Norway

Published on Tuesday, 21st July, 2009 at 22:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Visiting tourists fed false information.

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Group of climbers on a route
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Kari Steinsvik has heard about many tales told by foreign guides concerning Norway from local tourist bus drivers. The huge demand caused by the number of cruise passengers that visit Vestlandet each year leaves a gap wider than many of the region’s fjords.

Tearing their hair out

Steinsvik is Chairperson of the Norwegian Local Guide Association. It despairs about the number of them who that flock to Norway during the summer months; they neither have the authorisation nor the training. In fact, anyone can work as a guide here.

“A German guide who had just arrived in Norway was put on a courier bus as a passenger in the morning. The same afternoon, she began working as a guide on it. This is the only form of training many of the guides get before they begin,” she tells the Norwegian News Agency (NTB).

Woolly

“’This is the famous wool product factory called Devold’, said the German guide to the group of foreign tourists whilst they stood and looked at the factory that makes Møre kitchens in Giske, just outside Ålesund,” the agency quotes.

Devold is not even in the same council district (it is in Sula).

Although Steinsvik says some of them are good, here is a bit of information for the unqualified ones. Oslo is not the capital of Sweden.



Published on Tuesday, 21st July, 2009 at 22:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: ignorant, unqualified, foreign, guides, norway, vestlandet, sula, training, sweden, oslo, aalesund, devold.





  
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