Residents still waiting for mountain to fall

A small group of hardy Norwegians were evacuated once again this week from their homes at the bottom of the unstable mountainside known as Mannen, in a valley in Romsdalen. It’s their seventh evacuation in recent years. Geologists sent out warnings earlier this week and then raised them to the so-called “red alert” level. On […]

Latest disaster film shakes up geologists

Norwegians were streaming to cinemas all over the country this weekend, to see the latest film about a natural disaster on home turf in Oslo. It’s shaking up both them and local geologists, who disagree over whether there’s a real threat of a massive earthquake in a country that has never had one, but does have […]

Two killed on board tanker

Two seafarers working on board a chemical tanker were killed while cleaning out tanks on board the vessel during the weekend. The men, one in his 40s and the other in his 70s, were from the Philippines and Spain. The vessel Key Fighter, controlled by Fjord Shipping of Måløy, is registered in Malta and operated […]

Women skiers in sorrow again

Norway’s national women’s ski team was in sorrow once again this week, after learning that former racer Ida Eide, a good friend of star skier Therese Johaug, died of a heart attack after just turning 30. Former champion Vibeke Skofterud, meanwhile, was found to have consumed too much alcohol to be legally driving the water jet […]

Five killed in single car crash

UPDATED: Three women and two men in their 50s and 60s were all killed on Sunday when the old open American car they were riding in crashed into the side of a mountain in Telemark on Sunday. The weather was clear and sunny, roads were dry and no other cars were involved, leading authorities to […]

Fatal crash grounds ultralight aircraft

The wreckage of an ultralight aircraft known as a mikrofly in Norwegian was found in Meløy, Nordland County during the night after it crashed on Tuesday with two people on board. Both were killed, and Norway’s air sports federation was suspending all mikrofly licenses until pilots go through a safety seminar. “We’ve had some incidents […]

Football fans sparked chaos and injury

Rowdy football fans on their way to a match between the Brann football club of Bergen and Vålerenga of Oslo literally sparked drama and despair in downtown Oslo Sunday evening, when pre-match antics went very wrong. One Brann fan ended up being run over by the metro, which then ground the system to a halt. Oslo […]

No injuries after dam burst in Bergen

A temporary dam that burst in Bergen Wednesday night wasn’t subject to any regulations that required its approval or control, despite various demands regarding its construction. No one was injured but now authorities are evaluating whether regulations need to toughened. State broadcaster NRK reported there were no injuries when the dam at the lake Munkebotsvatnet […]

Warnings up that ‘Mannen’ may fall

Geologists have feared for years that the Norwegian mountaintop known as “Mannen” will break off and crash to the ground below in the scenic valley of Rauma in Romsdal. On Friday afternoon they evacuated those living below once again. State waterways and energy agency NVE, which is reponsible for monitoring the unstable mountainside, raised its […]

Tourist killed after ignoring warnings

A 38-year-old Austrian tourist was killed on Sunday afternoon after he allegedly ignored warnings and wandered beyond the chains that cordon off the Nigard Glacier in the mountains of central Norway. As many as nine others had done the same, but escaped injury when a massive ice block broke off the glacier and crashed into […]