Thursday, 25 April 2019

SAS to start a route from Brussels to Tromso

The winter period is seen as a particularly attractive time to visit Northern Norway, so SAS has reached agreements with numerous companies in the tourism sector to attract tourists to the “Paris of the North”, Tromsø. SAS will operate a Boeing 737 on a route from on Saturdays from January to March. 

“Northern Norway, with Tromsø as the jewel in the crown, is attracting more and more attention internationally for its stunning scenery and exotic environment, so in response, SAS is improving its services further to meet demand,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP Commercial, SAS.

SAS is working with various companies, including tour operator Nordic in Belgium, in conjunction with this initiative, which is very relevant to the tourist market in the Benelux countries.

“Nordic breathes Norway, the country has been our main destination since we started in 1980. We are delighted to collaborate with national carrier Scandinavian Airlines on a direct connection to Tromsø. With this connection, we enter a new era. Not only does it open up professional opportunities, it also allows us to provide an even better service to our customers. We could not be more proud to partner with Scandinavian Airlines for this milestone,” says Mr Maarten Raes, CEO, Nordic & Xplore The North.

During the year, SAS brings several thousand tourists from Asia and USA to the region, and through this direct link, SAS is further improving connections to and from Europe. SAS is also finding that the direct routes from Copenhagen and Stockholm to Tromsø are popular traffic arteries for people flying from destinations across the Star Alliance network. SAS expects to fly almost 100,000 passengers between Tromsø and Europe during the winter programme, which extends from November 2019 to March 2020.

SAS operates a three-class system on its flights within Europe, SAS Go Light; SAS Go, which also includes a 23kg checked bag, newspapers, coffee and tea on board, and SAS Plus which offers additional premium benefits including complimentary lounges, Fast Travel security, premium check-in, complimentary food and drink and an additional piece of 23kg luggage and fully flexible tickets.

Where to stay in Tromso...

Scandic Ishavshotel
This welcoming and modern hotel is located a mere 50 metres from Hurtigruten ferry, boasting magnificent views of the quayside. The Polar Museum is just 4 kilometres from the hotel and the airport is just 6 kilometres away, being very convenient for both business and leisure travellers alike. With many impressive outdoor activities to practice, those who stay at this hotel will be able to see the northern lights on a tour or go on a whale safari. The cosy and tastefully appointed guest rooms are the ideal places in which to relax after a day full of activity. Moreover, superior categories and suites offer extra space and a private balcony with breath-taking views. Visitors can also taste mouth-watering dishes at the modern restaurant and enjoy a refreshing drink at the on-site bar.

Clarion Collection Hotel With
This 3-star hotel is located in the city centre of Tromso and was established in 1989. It is close to the Town Centre and the nearest station is Tromso. The Hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a conference room. All 76 rooms are equipped with a minibar.
More information can be found here.

Thon Polar
A modern business hotel that is situated right around the corner from Storgata, Tromsø's main shopping street. Sitting in the heart of the "Paris of the North" it places its guests right in the centre of everything from excellent shopping venues to museums, restaurants and bustling night scene. Guests arriving through the Lufthavn Airport will be at less than a 10-minute drive away and can easily get to the venue with the Flybuss express, which stops just 100 metres from its front door. While the quay, where The Norwegian Coastal Steamer and passenger express boats stop, is only 400 metres away. The hotel itself places extra focus on comfort and quality, which means that all facilities and services are not just modern but geared towards bringing maximum satisfaction to the guests.

Scandic Grand Tromso
Located on Storgata shopping street in central Tromsø, this modern hotel offers a large breakfast buffet and an in-house café and bar. The colourful rooms include comfortable beds and free WiFi. Each of Scandic Grand Tromsø's rooms features wooden flooring, a minibar and a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have seating areas and sound systems that can link to smartphones and tablets. The in-house café and bar serves lunch, and free tea and coffee are available in the lobby. Scandic Grand also has a popular bar. Northern Lights tours can be arranged at reception. Attractions such as the Polar Museum and the Arctic Church are both within 10 minutes' walk. The airport bus stops right outside the hotel. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations which are scheduled to be completed in summer of 2019. Some construction noise is to be expected, but they will make every effort to keep the renovations from negatively impacting the guests.

Tromso is a wonderful city that offers visitors a wide range of things to see and do. There are lots of cultural attractions in Tromso, such as museums and excellent art galleries. The city is also known internationally for the excellence of its orchestra which often plays locally as well as internationally. Tromso is also an important centre of research and science, among the institutes and research bodies based here are the Eiscat Radar and the Institute of Geophysics, as well as some great observatories. It has good theatres, a wide range of pubs, restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a very pleasant few hours.


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