Norwegian Trade and Industry Minister Jan Christian Vestre has confirmed that the government will introduce a tourist tax to help smaller municipalities cope with mass tourism: Lofoten Islands will be the site for a pilot deployment. Other places that could introduce a tourist tax would include the North Cape, Beitostølen and the UNESCO-listed fjord area, including Geiranger. Lofoten are a region loved by Norwegian tourists, but over the past two decades, the number of international visitors has exploded: Lofoten’s infrastructure struggles to meet the expectations of international visitors, in particular parking and toilet facilities are scarce outside the handful of small towns. Many people visit Lofoten, but relatively few people live permanently on the islands: this results in a clear difference between the budgets of the local municipalities that make up Lofoten and the expenditures needed to improve the tourist infrastructure. “A region with 24500 inhabitants cannot pay the bill for several hundred thousand tourists” so Line Samuelsen, Head of Tourism at ‘Destination Lofoten’. Other areas that the government has identified as potential tourist tax locations, such as Geiranger and Beitostølen, share a similar problem. It is due time that public services in these regions be funded by visitors.