Avalanche danger raised to ‘extreme’

For the first time ever, state authorities raised the danger for avalanches to “extreme” in wide areas of Nordland County. Warnings were up all over northern Norway for people to stay away from all steep areas through the weekend. “Stay home” was the message being sent out by police on Friday after Norway’s state agency […]

Avalanche accidents double

Nearly twice as many people have reported being involved in avalanches so far this winter compared to last year, just as the so-called topptur season of climbing up to mountaintops and skiing down them has begun. One skier has already been killed, in an avalanche at Lofoten last weekend, while 12 French tourists narrowly escaped […]

Avalanche kills man skiing in Lofoten

A Norwegian man in his 40s was killed when he was caught in an avalanche on the steep slopes near Kleppstad at Vågan in Lofoten Sunday afternoon. Warnings had been up all week for high avalanche danger all over the country. Another man out skiing with the victim had alerted police to the avalanche around […]

Avalanche danger isolates Arctic communities

Norway’s North Cape and the fishing village of Berlevåg were among communities left isolated this week by either avalanches or the danger of them. In Berlevåg, shelves were bare at the local grocery store when it wasn’t able to receive fresh supplies heading into the long Easter holiday weekend. The main E69 highway up to […]

Avalanche warnings posted nationwide

Huge amounts of snow in the mountains and suddenly shifting temperatures have prompted state officials to post avalanche warnings all over the country. With hundreds of thousands of Norwegians in the mountains for traditional Easter skiing holidays, they fear accidents and even fatalities. Another mountain highway, the E39 near Hornindal in Sogn og Fjordane, was […]

Svalbard residents evacuated again

Extreme weather bearing down on Svalbard this week forced the evacuations Tuesday of around 180 residents on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen. Strong winds and even rain were threatening to set off more avalanches on the steep slope behind their homes. The evacuation order came on the second anniversary of an avalanche in the same […]

Svalbard tackles ‘housing crisis’

Bulldozers rumbled onto the sites of abandoned housing in Norway’s Arctic city of Longyearbyen on Svalbard over the weekend. The homes were badly damaged in the latest avalanches to hit Longyearbyen last winter, adding to a housing shortage that some call a “crisis” in the booming outpost. “We have torn down six flats so far,” Frank […]

Three cars caught under an avalanche

Emergency crews saved the lives Thursday morning of the occupants of three cars that were buried under snow and ice after an avalanche crashed down on the E8 highway at Lavangsdalen in Troms County, Northern Norway. More snow and wind were also causing problems on the main highways over the mountains of Southern Norway. Police […]

Two Italian tourists caught in Lyngen avalanche

UPDATED: Another avalanche, this time in the Lyngen Alps of Northern Norway, crashed down on a group of ski tourists from Italy on Thursday afternoon. One was rescued quickly, but the other was caught under the snow for nearly two hours before being found and dug out. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the Italian skier […]

Missing tourist found after avalanche

As strong winds continued to pound much of Southern Norway on Wednesday, the rough weather also dramatically raised the risk of avalanches in the mountains. A German skier was missing Wednesday afternoon after slides around Hardangervidda, but later found alive, while a group of high school students had a frightening experience during the night. “Avoid any areas bounded by […]