Helicopter crash findings raise global alert

Norwegian accident investigators think their findings from a fatal helicopter crash in 2016 should prompt new design demands for gearboxes worldwide. They believe a simple grain of sand can cause the entire rotor of a helicopter to fall off. That’s what happened when a Super Puma helicopter carrying offshore oil rig workers from the North […]

Trolltunga’s parking fees hiked

Tourists and Norwegians alike face not only a demanding hike after parking at the closest lot to Trolltunga’s trailhead this summer. They also face a steep hike in the parking fee itself. The price now seems nearly as high as Trolltunga’s unique rock formation, but local officials claim it was necessary to cover costs related […]

Fatal fall on popular mountain trail

An elderly man out hiking with his family over Besseggen, one of Norway’s most popular mountain trails despite its steepness, fell off one of the ridge’s narrowest portions. He’s believed to have died instantly after hitting his head on a rock. Police received the emergency call around 11:30am that the man, reported to be in […]

Norwegian tanker spills oil in Rotterdam

A Norwegian tanker in the fleet of Bergen-based Odfjell Tankers spilled as much as 217 tons of heavy oil after it collided with the pier Sunday afternoon at the Port of Rotterdam. The company itself described the amount of oil spilled as “considerable.” The accident occurred as the vessel Bow Jubail was maneuvering into the […]

Boating accidents soar

Norway’s police boats, along with its search and rescue boats, responded to 689 accidents and incidents involving pleasure craft in May. That’s a 28 percent increase over last year, and the authorities are concerned. Some of the increase can be tied to the unusually warm weather that prompted far more boaters to head out on […]

Tourists injured in bus collision

As many as 18 tourists were injured, five of them critically, when a bus and a van carrying a total of 39 people collided head-on Sunday in the mountains near Stryn. State broadcaster NRK reported that the accident occurred on County Road 60 between Stryn and Loen, now home to a gondola that’s become a […]

Tourist killed after falling on Lofoten

A man who was out hiking with a group of nine French tourists was killed Thursday when he fell 30 meters in Moskenes on the Lofoten islands. The group was hiking from Munkebu, a tourist cabin under the mountain called Munken. State broadcaster NRK reported that the area is remote with poor mobile phone coverage. […]

Man killed in fall from mountaintop

A man in his 40s was confirmed to have been killed Wednesday evening after hiking up to the top of a mountain in the county of Møre og Romsdal, and then suffering a bad fall. The fatal accident occurred atop the mountain called Rørsethornet near Midsund west of Molde. “The man has probably fallen from the […]

Holiday traffic resulted in delays

Norway’s long pinse holiday weekend ended Monday afternoon with lots of major traffic back-ups on highways like the E18 and E6 around Oslo, and with several traffic accidents. News bureau NTB reported that the slowest routes were on the E18 from Kragerø towards Porsgrunn, as holidaymakers headed home from a sunny weekend on Norway’s southern […]

Search suspended for man overboard

A young crew member on board the Norwegian Coast Guard ship KV Nordkapp was reported missing over the weekend and is believed to have fallen or been swept overboard into the icy Barents Sea. A major search on Saturday and Sunday was eventually called off. “The missing person is a young male crew member who […]