Tourism in Norway was at its height in mid-July when a bomb went off in central Oslo and a gunman opened fire a Labour Party summer camp on nearby Utøya island.

The bomb demolished a central government building, and the gunfire at the camp marked the most deadly attack in the country since World War II. But if reports are to be believed, the majority of travelers have not been scared off by the bombing and massacre. The Oslo Tourist Board ( has not reported any instances of mass cancellations -- and some visitors to the country have even chosen to extend their stays in an outpouring of support.

Nor have Oslo's hotel operators reported any decline in bookings; one downtown hotel, the Radisson Blu Plaza, had actually reported an increase in bookings in the days following the attacks. While officials of the Hurtigruten coastal steamer had received some phone calls of concern from both American and British passengers soon due to depart for their holidays, they've yet to receive any cancellations.

Immediately following the bombing, two downtown Oslo hotels that are part of the Choice chain were required to close their doors due to restricted access near the bombed-out government complex. But over the past several days, both have since re-opened their doors -- and are similarly reporting no cancellations.

For the time being, all of Oslo's air travel, public transport, hotels, and tourist attractions are operating business as usual. Both the Oslo Police Commissioner and Norwegian Tourist Board ( have since declared the city to be safe for visitors, and everyone can move about the city at will -- except for the areas around the 17-story government building that was severely damaged by the blast, which still remains closed off. However, there will be an increased security presence in the city center, and travelers should expect more thorough passport and ID checks at airports.

Other areas of the city may experience more traffic than normal, since certain areas remain overcrowded due to memorial events. The central thoroughfare Karl Johans Gate, for example, has been turned into an ersatz memorial area filled with flowers, while the square in front of Oslo Cathedral has served as a focal point for people paying their respects to the victims. The torchlit remembrance processions -- attended by more than 100,000 people -- have filled Oslo's streets. And tourists should be aware that some events or festivals could potentially be canceled. This is a nation still very much in mourning for the 76 people killed in the attacks.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg recently called the attacks by a fellow Norwegian an �attack on our fundamental values of freedom and democracy.� He said he wants the attacks to help make Norway stronger, which -- if the amazing response from Norwegians is anything to go by -- they will. Norwegians are strong, resilient and proud, and they are open-armed in welcoming visitors to their gorgeous country. So perhaps how, more than ever before, Norway is a nation very much worth experiencing.

Roger Norum is the author of multiple guidebooks, including Frommer's Norway. His website is