Weekend drenched by rough weather

“Summer in Norway!” exclaimed a frustrated woman as she stormed into a roadside café at Sokna in Buskerud County on Sunday, soaking wet after a mere run in pouring rain from her car in the parking lot. Her discomfort was minor compared to those stuck for hours in Bergen’s famous funicular Fløibanen when it was […]

Birkebeiner skiers defy warm weather

The 54-kilometer Birkebeiner race began in the 1930s, commemorates an historic event and demands that all skiers carry a backpack with specific weight requirements. PHOTO: Birkebeinerrennet

More than 16,000 skiers registered to take part in this weekend’s annual Birkebeinerrennet, a traditional ski race that goes over the mountains between the valleys of Østerdalen and Gudbrandsdalen. Unseasonably warm temperatures, though, caused concern about the condition of the ski tracks. The race starts in Rena, just north of Elverum in eastern Norway, and […]

Weather delays expedition, again

The Norwegian Polar Institute's expedition to the South Pole is running behind schedule. PHOTO: Norsk Polar Institutt

A high-profile attempt by four well-known adventurers to reach the South Pole by December 14 is seriously delayed. Now it looks like the expedition led by the head of the Norwegian Polar Institute won’t reach the South Pole in time for 100th anniversary celebrations of Roald Amundsen’s legendary success, but another one that’s following a […]

Bad weather hits high hytte prices

Hytter come in many shapes and sizes but they generally all represent a sizeable investment. PHOTO: Tinde Hytter

Two unusually cold winters in a row, a late Easter this year and heavy rains this summer have put a damper on sales of holiday cabins and homes known as “hytter,” reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). The highest-priced hytter are also being hit by turbulence in the finance markets. “It’s terrible to say it, but […]

Weather scared off 4,000 cyclists

Cyclists braved rain, wind and mud to complete the tough 94.6-kilometer course from Rena to Lillehammer over the weekend. PHOTO: Birkebeinerrittet

State meteorologists’ predictions of more rain and mud prompted nearly 4,000 cyclists registered for the annual Birkebeinerrittet over the weekend to drop out, but nearly 14,000 still showed up at the start. Many claimed later that trail conditions were much better than expected. “The weather was fine for us who started early,” real estate specialist […]

Snakes flourish in warm weather

Hikers and cyclists may start seeing a lot more of Norway’s only poisonous snake, the huggorm, this spring and summer. The relatively small snakes reportedly are thriving in the unusually warm spring, and likely to reproduce rapidy. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Thursday that the recent spate of warm weather in southern Norway is setting off a […]

Warm weather sets spring record

Flowers have bloomed earlier this year because of the better-than-average weather. PHOTO: Views and News

Norway’s record cold winter seems to be giving way to a record warm spring, according to new statistics from the state meteorological institute. Norway hasn’t had such a warm April since 1959, and the late Easter meant that it set warmth records, too. The highest temperature of the year so far was recorded at Åfjord […]

Worrisome weather for Ski-VM 2011

Ski-VM organizers have been working hard to prepare for the Nordic World Ski Championships, and hope warm, wet weather won't spoil the trails and keep the public away. PHOTO: Sven Goll

Light snowfall, rising temperatures and worrisome winds from the south were in the forecast Wednesday morning, just hours before the opening ceremonies of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Ski-VM 2011) in Oslo. Organizers were hoping a change in the weather wouldn’t spoil all their plans. After a long spell of sub-freezing temperatures with lots […]

Warmer weather waiting in the wings

This winter's lengthy period of cold weather may be over for this season. Here, the view towards the mountains from Ringkollen, west of Oslo. PHOTO: Views and News

Winter’s here to stay for a few more months, but meteorologists predict temperatures will rise higher than seasonal averages from February to April, especially in northern Norway. The double-digit cold that’s lingered since November may finally be over. Thermometers already have risen dramatically over most of the country and not least in western Norway, where […]

Slightly milder weather sets in

Oslo is among many Norwegian cities that have been held in a freezing grip since mid-November. Here, a view over the capital from the hills at Holmenkollen on Christmas Day. PHOTO: Views and News

After several weeks of double-digit degrees below freezing, temperatures in Oslo rose on Monday to a relatively balmy minus-4C. More mild weather was in the forecast, after a bitterly cold Christmas weekend over most of Norway. The eastern township of Tynset, south of Røros, set a new, dubious record on Christmas Day when thermometers plunged […]