With wishes for a Happy New Year

As the reds of the Christmas holidays fade into the blues used by many Norwegians in the New Year, we thought it was fitting to feature this photo (taken by a loyal reader) of Norway’s majestic mountain called Gaustadtoppen. It’s a magnificent peak in the heart of Telemark, with trails to the top (now even an underground elevator) and stunning views over much of southern Norway.

The mountain known as "Gaustatoppen" in Telemark, on a cold winter's day. PHOTO: Matt Lato

Here at Views and News from Norway, we’ll do our best to stay on top of the media scene all year long. As the New Year unfolds, it’s bound to remain remain busy: Norway will host the Nordic Skiing World Championships at Holmenkollen starting next month, more reports will emerge from the vast files obtained by WikiLeaks and Oslo newspaper Aftenposten, and the Norwegian economy is expected to stay vigorous. We’ll strive to keep you updated.

So as the Norwegians would say, “Godt nyttår” and “takk for det gamle” – literally, “Happy New Year and thanks for the old one” as well. With our traffic growing and setting new records on a regular basis, we’d like to thank our readers for clicking in, hope you’ll keep doing so and support our efforts. All the best in 2011!

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund