A guide to skiing around Oslo

UPDATED: With thousands of kilometers of prepared ski trails around the Norwegian capital, skiing is a popular winter activity among Oslo-area residents. Newsinenglish.no offers some tips for getting out there and joining the locals, far from the maddening crowd. The city’s ski season lurches into high gear when the snow starts falling. It came late again this […]

Fall colors keep blazing around Oslo

PHOTO FEATURE: The reds, golds and deep greens of autumn have been firing up local landscapes in Norway during the past few weeks, not least around Oslo. The brilliant leaves are constantly threatened by wind and storms blowing in, but the hills were still alive this past week with some breathtaking views less than an […]

Thousands ready to race uphill

Just a week after the annual Oslo Marathon, more than 4,000 eager runners were ready to take part in a more unusual race on Saturday: Oslos Bratteste (Oslo’s Steepest), up the downhill ski slope called Wyllerløypa. It’s become popular for Norwegians to run uphill and Wyllerløypa is where downhill skiing events were held during Oslo’s […]

Autumn arrives in all its colorful glory

PHOTO FEATURE: After one of the warmest summers on record, autumn is arriving around the country in spectacular fashion. Fall colors are breaking out all over, just in time for thousands of school children and their families to head off for mountain hikes during their one-week annual høstferie (autumn holidays). Journalist and photographer Marie Peyre just went […]

Calls go out for more mushroom control

Thousands of Norwegians are likely to head out this weekend to “sanke sopp” (pick mushrooms), and biologists and health care personnel wish there were more checkpoints where pickers’ harvests could be controlled. A recent spate of serious illnesses caused by poisonous mushrooms has them worried. “We’ve never had so many cases (of people falling ill after inadvertently […]

A touch of Miami in the heart of Oslo

PHOTO FEATURE: As Oslo sweltered through yet another uncharacteristically hot day on Tuesday, the newly developed area along the fjord at Tjuvholmen took on distinctly un-Norwegian characteristics of its own. Bikinis have replaced bunads this summer as overheated locals throw themselves into the water, while huge cruiseships and lots of pleasure boats loom in the background. […]

EuroPride 2014 photo special

Music, smiles and all the colours of the rainbow highlighted this year’s gay pride parade through downtown Oslo. See how tens of thousands of people made a point of being proud of who they are, while others cheered them on.  [flgallery id=129 /] ALL PHOTOS: newsinenglish.no Click here to read our news report from EuroPride

Eurovision singer happy to end 8th

Norwegian singer Carl Espen claimed he was “kjempefornøyd” (extremely satisfied) with his 8th-place finish in Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest. Now he looks forward to some time off, “completely alone,” at his family’s vacation cottage before trying to continue a singing career. The quiet, stoic soldier-turned glass seller-turned singer from just outside Bergen braved all the […]

Salesman storms into Eurovision

A tattooed glass salesman from Bergen with no show business experience but a powerful voice won Norway’s prelude to the Eurovision Song Contest Saturday night. Carl Espen Thorbjørnsen’s song “Silent Storm” swept into first place with the help of heavy voting from his home district on the west coast. The song was written by his […]

Dog-sledding added to university curriculum

Norway’s Arctic University of Tromsø is introducing a course in dog-sledding, which will be the first of its type in Europe. The course, to be taught at the university’s campus in Alta, will be obligatory for all students majoring in the  university’s three-year Arctic outdoors program. The dog-sledding course will also be offered from 2015 […]