Murder victim identified

The charred remains of a body found in the Oslo valley of Maridalen has been identified, police reported over the weekend, but they were still not revealing the victim’s name pending notification of next of kin. Newspapers Aftenposten and Dagbladet reported that the body was that of a white Norwegian man in his 30s. The […]

Ex-neo-Nazi held in new grisly murder

John Edvin Lie, the now-55-year-old former neo-Nazi convicted in the execution-style Hadeland murders in 1983, has been arrested again and charged with murdering and burning the body of a new victim on Wednesday. Lie, formerly known as Johnny Olsen, has denied the charges against him, but the Oslo City Court ordered that he be held […]

Wolf pups found in eastern Oslo forest

Norwegian wildlife authorities have confirmed the discovery of a litter of baby wolves in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka. That brings the number of new wolf litters to three in Norway and a fourth along the border to Sweden, prompting other state officials to authorize a new wolf hunt this winter that’s sure to […]

Østmarka wolves have a new litter

New film from special cameras set up in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka has captured new wolf pups, believed to be the offspring of a wolf pair that settled in the area last winter. Two of the young wolves were photographed in mid-July. Wildlife enthusiasts are pleased while local farmers are likely to be unhappy because […]

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 […]

Center Party killed national park plan

Norway’s resurgent Center Party promotes a “green” image and champions rural interests, but it puts a higher priority on use of the land than preservation of it. That’s how its political control of a small rural area southeast of Oslo succeeded in halting plans to preserve a portion of the capital’s eastern forest known as […]

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 […]

Forests’ bounty sets new records

Norway’s forests are once again full of wild berries and mushrooms, with marshes featuring the golden cloudberries known as multer. Both raspberries and lingonberries  (tyttebær) have been ripening as well, and local experts think it will be a record season. “I’ve been finding lots of the mushrooms and in my local forest of Kjekstadmarka (west of Oslo, south […]

Oslo revives plan for local national park

The City of Oslo’s ambitious new top politician in charge of ttransportation and the environment is reviving plans to turn part of the city’s eastern forestland into a new national park. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg from the Greens Party thinks it’s important to protect the area from any further encroachment. “We have preserved lots of […]

Wolf pups on their own in Oslo’s eastern forest

Wolves born last year in Oslo’s eastern forest (Østmarka) must now fend for themselves, after their mother was shot by a hunter and, last week, their father was found sick and dying by school children in Enebakk, southeast of the city. Conservationists were encouraged when a pair of once nearly extinct wolves found their way to […]