Thousands out hiking as autumn settles in

At least 47,000 Norwegians are estimated to have headed ut på tur (out on a hike) during the weekend, as the Norwegian mountain trekking association DNT (Den norske Turistforening) organized its annual Kom deg ut (literally “Get yourselves out”) day on Sunday. It’s also known as Norway’s largest Sunday stroll. DNT arranged special events all […]

Pilgrimages keep gaining popularity

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Crown Prince Haakon’s official re-opening of Norway’s historic pilgrim trail from Oslo to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. More pilgrims than ever are hiking at least parts of the 643-kilometer trail, with 70 percent of them coming from abroad. A group of high-profile Norwegians including two government ministers set off from Oslo […]

The summer magic of Norway’s ‘marka’

PHOTO FEATURE: Most Norwegian towns and cities are surrounded by local hills and forests known as marka. They provide a fantastic rereational getaway for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, accessible by local transport lines, parking lots at trailheads for those with cars, or simply by walking out the door. In Oslo, the magic of […]

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 […]