After dozens died in an Oslo bombing and a shooting spree on Utoya Island in Norway on Friday, tour operators have adjusted their Norway itineraries wherever necessary.

Globus had two tour groups in Oslo the day of the bombing but they were out of harm's way, said Jennifer Halboth, director of marketing for the Globus family of brands.

"Our operations team and tour directors monitored the situation closely and made all necessary adjustments to the itineraries on Friday and Saturday to accommodate road and location closures," Halboth said. "A trauma specialist was also available to our travelers over the weekend for anyone who needed or wanted it. On Sunday, both tours ended and our travelers departed on time, as scheduled."

A 32-year-old man, Anders Breivik, is being held on terrorism charges for the bombing in central Oslo and a killing rampage on the nearby island of Utoya. Seventy-six people were killed, according to news reports.

Globus had an Oslo tour scheduled to arrive in the city on Tuesday. Travelers on that tour will avoid the city center, and there might be adjustments to their itinerary on Wednesday, as portions of the city are still closed, noted Halboth.

"We continue to monitor the situation very closely with our operations team in the area, but now that Oslo is beginning to once again experience some normalcy, we do not anticipate many additional changes to upcoming tours," said Halboth.

Tauck had a couple tour groups in Oslo over the weekend, one that departed the city the morning of the attacks and another that had been scheduled to arrive via overnight ferry on Saturday morning.

"Their itinerary called for them to tour the city that day, and stay in Oslo that night," said Tauck spokesman Tom Armstrong. "Since the situation in Oslo was far from clear, we arranged for the group to be picked up via motorcoach at the ferry upon arrival, and they were taken out of the city to overnight in Flam, with alternative sightseeing that day."

Tauck's next departure doesn’t arrive in Oslo for several days, and the company plans on operating the tour as scheduled.

Gap Adventures, which operates several itineraries in Norway, said none of its tours have been affected.

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