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 […]

New light shines on historic fortress

At the darkest time of the year in Norway, the country’s defense establishment has finally been able to shine some new light on the historic Akershus Fortress and Castle in Oslo. After a major renovation project, the fortress perched above the capital’s inner harbour is now literally in the spotlight. Norway’s new defense minister, Ine […]

Electric cars now king of the roads

Norway has emerged as a world leader in the introduction of electric vehicles, and Oslo seems to have become the electric car capital of the world. Their growing numbers on the roads, however, are troubling the city’s bus drivers who say they’re slowing down public transport. The number of electric cars (elbiler in Norwegian) on the roads into […]

Public warms up to contested park

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

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

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. [flgallery id=112 /] As summer eases into autumn in Norway, […]

Festivals wind down on high note

Norway’s dizzying summer season of music and cultural festivals was starting to wind down this week, but with one of the biggest and most successful of them all. After months of hype and preparations, the annual Øya Festival could finally open to sold-out crowds and sunshine in Oslo. Festival organizers could expect 15,000 people at […]

Too many hands on ‘Sinnataggen’

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

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 […]