Massive emergency effort saved scouts

Things went wrong at a major gathering of speidere (scouts) in Northern Norway this week. Nearly 60 of them had to be rescued by helicopter during the night after they ran into problems on a strenuous mountain hike, and four were sent to hospital. Around 9,000 scouts from more than 30 countries have gathered outside Bodø in Nordland […]

New gondola wins a royal reception

Residents of Loen in the mountains around the Nordfjord could hardly have hoped for better promotion of their new tourist attraction this weekend. Under sunny skies and with snow-capped mountains at their scenic best, a new gondola built to lure more visitors to the area was formally opened on Saturday by none other than Queen Sonja. The queen, who […]

Forests come to life, and win an award

With the little snow that came this winter now disappearing, Norwegians all over the country are launching into the next season of hiking, cycling, paddling and eventually swimming in the hills and forests surrounding their towns and cities. In Oslo, residents can now do so in the knowledge that their use of local forests has […]

Mobile phone network now covers Trolltunga

The unique Norwegian mountain formation known as Trolltunga has attracted hikers and adventurers for years, but it’s also been the site of fatal accidents. Now Telenor, Statkraft and the local municipality of Odda have introduced 4G mobile telephone coverage in the area, so emergency help can be summoned more quickly if necessary. “It’s been a long […]

Easter skiers pack mountain lodges

The Norwegian mountain trekking association DNT (Den Norske Turistforening) is reporting more double-digit increases in the number of people pouring into its mountain lodges during the Easter holidays this week. “During the Palm Sunday weekend, we had a 26 percent increase in visitors compared to the same weekend last year,” Nils Øveraas, secretary general of […]

Fall colors keep blazing around Oslo

PHOTO FEATURE: The reds, golds and deep greens of autumn have been firing up local landscapes in Norway during the past few weeks, not least around Oslo. The brilliant leaves are constantly threatened by wind and storms blowing in, but the hills were still alive this past week with some breathtaking views less than an […]

Hikers urged not to drink from creeks

With fine autumn weather in the forecast and schools set to close for a week of autumn holiday, many Norwegians are expected to head for the mountains. Doctors are warning hikers, however, not to drink water straight from mountain creeks or rivers, because it may be contaminated by all the lemmings and small animals running […]

Autumn arrives in all its colorful glory

PHOTO FEATURE: After one of the warmest summers on record, autumn is arriving around the country in spectacular fashion. Fall colors are breaking out all over, just in time for thousands of school children and their families to head off for mountain hikes during their one-week annual høstferie (autumn holidays). Journalist and photographer Marie Peyre just went […]

Calls go out for more mushroom control

Thousands of Norwegians are likely to head out this weekend to “sanke sopp” (pick mushrooms), and biologists and health care personnel wish there were more checkpoints where pickers’ harvests could be controlled. A recent spate of serious illnesses caused by poisonous mushrooms has them worried. “We’ve never had so many cases (of people falling ill after inadvertently […]

New hidden posts wait to be found

The hills and forests around Oslo are now sporting 50 new posts of interest, waiting to be found by eager skiers and hikers. Hundreds lined up again on Sunday to punch their first post in the latest edition of the local ski association’s book containing them all, called the Kjentmannmerket’s handbook. The book and program behind it takes its […]