Fall colors keep blazing around Oslo

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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

It may not look so steep from this angle, but runners will climb 407 meters (1,340 feet) as fast they can. PHOTO: Oslos Bratteste

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 […]

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. […]

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

PHOTO: Marianne Gaski

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 […]