Tourist killed in Preikestolen fall

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A man from Spain who had hiked up to western Norway’s famed high mountain plateau known as “Preikestolen” (The Pulpit Rock) disappeared off its steep side while taking photos Tuesday afternoon. His body was found Wednesday, after he’d plunged to his death. “We’ve always feared that this could happen,” Kjell Helle Olsen, a former leader […]

Public warms up to contested park

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PHOTO FEATURE: “Fantastic,” “monumental” and “bordello” are among phrases tossed about in Norwegian media lately to describe the new Ekeberg Park opening this week in Oslo. See some of it yourself in this series of photos taken before all the official ceremonies began. Click on the photos here and over your mouse over them to read […]

Hunting season draws thousands

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With prospects bright for a better bird-hunting season this year, thousands of Norwegians were heading for the hills and forests this weekend. Thousands more have already been hunting for deer and wild reindeer, but it’s the grouse hunt that’s emerged as most prestigious. “Rolex and golf are out, now it’s the grouse hunt that’s the […]

Late summer in the mountains

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PICTURE SERIES: Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of day will keep eager hikers indoors. This group kept trudging towards the peak called “Høgevarde” atop Norefjell in the middle of a downpour on Sunday, complete with hail, making the most of a late summer weekend. As summer eases into autumn in Norway, the mountains continue […]

Too many hands on ‘Sinnataggen’

Gustav Vigeland's iconic statue of an angry little boy has recently developed a shiny left hand, because so many tourists have been holding it. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

The popular statue of an angry little boy in Oslo’s Frogner Park, called “Sinnataggen,” is suddenly showing signs of being a bit too popular this summer. Tourists keep holding its hand, and that’s causing discoloration and too much wear and tear. Instead of simply posing for photos around the statue that’s part of sculptor Gustav […]

Conflicts rise over snowmobile use

For now, Vardø remains a classic example of a remote Norwegian settlement struggling to retain its purpose and population. Homes abandoned by residents who moved on pose a dilemma for city officials who can't afford to take them over, and keep hoping their owners will return. Snowmobiles, meanwhile, wait for the next long winter. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

Local townships around Norway want more flexibility over whether to allow snowmobile use in their areas, not least as a means of attracting winter tourists. The state government is considering easing restrictions, but that’s strongly opposed by environmental and outdoors organizations. “We are very critical towards expansion of the transport law and especially to allowing […]

Summer weather sets new records

After a record wet June, most of Norway headed into one of the warmest and dryest months of July on record, especially in southern and southeastern Norway (Sørlandet and Østlandet). It’s been mighty warm up north, too, and the early August forecast called for more summery weather. The temperature in the far northern city of […]

Wild salmon fishing restricted

The low numbers of returning salmon in the Trondheimsfjord is especially worrisome, according to officials at the Norwegian Environment Agency, promting them to impose "extraordinary" regulations on wild salmon fishing. PHOTO: Miljødirektoratet/Kristian B. Rian

Concerns over low wild salmon stocks have prompted state officials to regulate fishing from the end of this week in several rivers and areas along the Norwegian coast. They want to ensure that as many female fish as possible can work their way up the rivers for spawning. “We are very worried about the situation […]

Hot, dry weather sparks campfire ban

All it took was two weeks with no rain for the forests around Oslo to get so dry that local fire authorities decided to ban any sort of campfire in the Norwegian capital’s surrounding areas known as marka. Forest fire danger is also high all over southern Norway. On Wednesday it became illegal to build […]

Students run over the mountains

Sporty college students from Norway’s two leading business schools were competing with each other this weekend in a long-distance relay race over the mountains between Bergen and Oslo. The route roughly follows the NSB train line called Bergensbane, hence the race name BergeNSBaneløpet. It combines running and cycling in 110 various laps, and while the […]