New national park plans stalled in Parliament

Plans to create two new national parks, one in the hills and forests just east of Oslo called Østmarka, have been voted down by a majority on the Parliament’s energy and environmental committee. Proponents, however, claim they’re not giving up on the projects. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported during the weekend that the two government parties (the […]

Gorgeous gorges of Hauktjern

PICTURE STORY: The forest on the eastern side of Oslo, called Østmarka, offers lots of popular trails, scenic vista points, accessible lakes and the capital’s most unusual rock formations. They’ve long been a major attraction for climbers but are open to hikers of all ages via well-marked blåstier (trails marked in blue). The closest trailhead […]

On track to a perfect skiing Sunday

THE TRAILS ARE BECKONING: Skiers had another great weekend in Norway, with lots of snow all over, brilliant sunshine on Saturday and relatively mild temperatures. More snow was expected both Tuesday and Wednesday in southern Norway, and a lot more sunshine in northern Norway. Check out our updated Oslo Ski Guide 2010, for tips on […]