More reindeer meet tragic fate

Sami reindeer herders and not least their animals suffered yet another tragedy during the weekend, when a passenger train run by railway NSB plowed once again into a herd of around 80 reindeer grazing on the tracks. Around 20 had to be killed because they were so badly injured. It’s the latest in a string […]

Woman killed after landslide hit house

A 38-year-old mother of five was killed when a landslide crashed through the family’s home during another severe storm on Norway’s West Coast. The large, modern house was destroyed but her children and husband survived. She’d been reported missing after torrents of mud and rock measuring 100 meters long and 10 meters wide loosened from […]

More reindeer run over by cargo train

Another 17 reindeer were run over and killed by a train on Wednesday, after they’d wandered onto open railroad tracks while grazing in north central Norway. The latest in a string of animal tragedies occurred just as state authorities sat in a meeting with state railroad Bane Nor in an effort to prevent them. Norwegian […]

Errant trains slaughter reindeer herds

State railroad agency Bane NOR had been alerted to grazing reindeer along a stretch of its Nordlandsbanen line through Helgeland over the weekend, but Bane NOR officials never managed to pass on the warning to those operating the trains themselves. Three of them thus crashed right into the herds, killing 106 reindeer over the past […]

Community mourns boy’s drowning

“We’re just all very sad here,” said the mayor of Askim, a rural town southeast of Oslo, after police divers found the body of a seven-year-old boy at the bottom of a dam in the town’s central park. A preliminary autopsy report released Friday concluded the boy died from drowning. He’d been reported missing when […]

Two found dead after fire at metals firm

An explosive fire swept through a metals firm at Eina in Toten, Oppland County, Friday morning. Four workers were on the job when the fire broke out at around 6:20am, and two of them failed to escape the inferno. State broadcaster NRK reported they were initially declared missing, but the bodies of a man in […]

Soldier killed during mine-clearing demonstration

Flags flew at half-mast at army  installations around Norway during the weekend, after a soldier was killed while demonstrating mine-clearing equipment on a shooting range in Northern Norway. The soldier, 21-year-old Army Sergeant Hågen Skattum from Voss in the mountains of Southern Norway, died from injuries sustained in the explosives accident. It occurred at the Målselv […]

Helicopter wreckage set to be retrieved

A remote-controlled submarine sent to Svalbard by the Norwegian military has located the wreckage of a Russian helicopter that crashed into the sea off Barentsburg in the Arctic island group last week. All eight on board the helicopter are presumed dead. Around 40 Russian search and rescue experts including 17 divers arrived in Barentsburg on […]

Search widened for missing helicopter

UPDATED: The search continued on Friday for a Russian MI-8 helicopter with eight people on board that crashed into the sea just off Svalbard’s Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg late Thursday afternoon. Norwegian authorities mounted a major search and rescue operation, but it’s believed the helicopter sank to the seafloor. The search was expanded Friday […]

Seljord boating tragedy killed three

UPDATED: Tragedy struck the mountain community at Seljord in the heart of Telemark County after a boat carrying six people capsized in the large lake known as Seljordsvatnet, throwing all of them into the chilly water. Two young men were initially determined to have drowned and now the body of a third victim has been […]