A touch of Miami in the heart of Oslo

PHOTO: newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

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. […]

Kids forced offline at popular summer camp

The roughly 1,300 children from Oslo who’ve been accepted into a city-run  camp on an island south of the city this summer are told to leave their mobile phones at home. Camp officials want them to run around and have fun instead of sitting still and staring at screens. “Electronic gadgets and social media take […]

Holmsbu heads into high season

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PHOTO FEATURE: The scenic, seaside village of Holmsbu is one of many dotting the Norwegian coast that’s now gearing up for high season in the summertime. Holmsbu, known for attracting some of Norway’s most prominent artists more than 100 years ago, still thrives with new generations of those on holiday in an historic setting. Hover […]

Avalanche danger dims sunny Easter

Easter, skiing, påske, marka

Norway’s traditional Easter skiing holidays in the mountains got off to a mostly sunny start, but the ongoing danger of avalanches hung over them like a dark cloud. Another man was killed during the weekend and a 12-year-old boy rushed to hospital after both were buried under mounds of snow in Tromsø and Sauda on […]

Classic ‘Lofoten’ calls at Lofoten


PHOTO FEATURE: As the Easter holidays settled in, there was no break for the “Hurtigruten” vessels that sail up and down the Norwegian coast. We spotted several calling at Svolvær in Lofoten over the weekend, including the classic old ‘MS Lofoten,’ which still plies the route between Bergen and Kirkenes and berthed once again in […]

Great outdoors at the ‘cultural core’

Enjoying the great outdoors in Norway ended up as the most highly-ranked factor in newspaper "Aftenposten's" hunt for the core of Norwegian culture. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

After a week of media debate over what comprises the core of Norwegian culture comes an answer based on 17,000 votes and 500 proposals submitted by the readers of the country’s largest newspaper: Norwegians thrive best when they’re trekking through the country’s great outdoors. The debate itself was criticized for being set in motion by a […]

Norway’s emerging Arctic capital

Hurtigruten in Tromsø

Norway’s northern city of Tromsø has been called “The Paris of the North” for years, but now it’s taking on entirely new significance as the “Capital of the Arctic.” The country’s venerable coastal shipping line still calls twice a day like clockwork, and we thought it was time to pay a visit, too. A coastal […]

Island tranquility, just minutes away

The island of Gressholmen on a sunny summer evening. The city can be seen in the background. PHOTO: Views and News

EXCURSIONS: After a challenging summer in the City of Oslo, the island of Gressholmen in the fjord off Norway’s capital beckons as a haven of tranquility. It’s just a short ferry ride from downtown but a world away from congestion and city sorrows, also inviting as temperatures start to fall. Ferries to the city-owned islands […]

Grabbing a fall fling on the fjord

Ferries including those that run between Oslo and the Nesodden peninsula across the Oslo Fjord will likely stop running if labour mediation fails over the weekend. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

EXCURSIONS: The sun is sinking visibly lower in the sky all over Norway, but while it’s still shining over the Oslo Fjord, it’s possible to soak up what’s left of it with a cruise over to Nesodden or around the islands. It doesn’t even have to be your last before next summer. While many of […]

Island-hopping in the Oslo Fjord


EXCURSIONS: Even though Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) recently declared that another summer is over, the weather can still be nice, at least in the inner Oslo Fjord. For those yearning to extend the summer season, it’s still fully possible to hop on a local ferry and head out to the picturesque islands that dot the fjord. […]