Crash site memorial offers a shady oasis

PHOTO FEATURE: Jets still fly every day over the site of a wartime plane crash in 1945 that tragically killed British liberators just before they were due to land themselves at what’s now Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. They came to help ensure the unconditional surrender of Nazi German forces, and now a memorial to […]

Visitors flock to North Sea island

UTSIRA: Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians made the best of the country’s last long public holiday weekend until Christmas, and were able to enjoy lots of sunshine and unusually warm temperatures before heading back to work. On this windswept island in the North Sea, cars and people literally burst off the ferry from the mainland […]

‘With respect and deep gratitude’

PHOTO FEATURE: The weather could only be described as glorious when Norwegians gathered in Oslo on Liberation Day to remember their military veterans and war heroes on the 73rd anniversary of Norway’s liberation from Nazi German occupation. Merchant marine veterans were given the credit they also deserved, at an outdoor ceremony fittingly held on the […]

Snow and skiers bring the hills alive

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway is having one of its best winters in years in terms of snow for those who love to ski. Brilliant sunshine from north to south made this weekend especially memorable, and skiers in the Oslo area made the hills alive with the sounds of people having a good time, or enjoying the […]

Owls get nesting help in Aremark

PHOTO FEATURE: It’s high season for nesting birds in Norway, and many Norwegians are more than happy to help their feathered friends provide for the next generation. Among them is Ole Lagerholt of Aremark in Southern Norway, who has made and placed more than 50 nesting boxes in his local forests, and recently was delighted […]

Tromsø shines in mid-winter spotlight

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s northern city of Tromsø was welcoming thousands of visitors last week for its annual Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF). Scenes outside packed cinemas around town could also offer rare combinations of light and imagery, as Tromsø lived up to its reputation as the “City of Lights” in the far north. Tromsø’s annual film […]

Norway rang in a ‘Green Christmas’

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegians settled into their lengthy Christmas holidays with hardly any snow in any of the major cities and towns this year. Centuries of snowbound traditions involving winter sports and sleigh rides are having to give way to new means of maintaining holiday spirits. This was the scene outside the Royal Palace in Oslo this week, with nary […]

Winter is coming… just not sure when

PHOTO FEATURE: After the warmest October on record, November has offered more seasonably appropriate temperatures, at least until now. Ice was forming on lakes in the hills around Oslo over the weekend, but state meteorologists predict the weather might warm up again. The trees and trails in some areas of Nordmarka, the forest just north of […]

‘Godt nyttår,’ Happy New Year to all our readers

As the sun set not only on Oslo’s Aker Brygge on New Year’s Eve but also on 2014, we’d like to wish our readers “godt nyttår” from our base here in Norway’s capital, and share a few more holiday photos. This photo was taken just after 3pm on New Year’s Eve, as a surprising number of folks […]

‘Holiday peace’ finally settled in

PHOTO FEATURE: The Norwegians call it “julefred,” an unusually quiet period that begins around 3pm on “julaften” (Christmas Eve). Stores and offices close for at least two days, many hotels and restaurants already have, and even the public transportation system shuts down for a few hours when the Christmas holidays in Norway officially begin. There […]