Warnings up that ‘Mannen’ may fall

Geologists have feared for years that the Norwegian mountaintop known as “Mannen” will break off and crash to the ground below in the scenic valley of Rauma in Romsdal. On Friday afternoon they evacuated those living below once again. State waterways and energy agency NVE, which is reponsible for monitoring the unstable mountainside, raised its […]

Trolltunga’s parking fees hiked

Tourists and Norwegians alike face not only a demanding hike after parking at the closest lot to Trolltunga’s trailhead this summer. They also face a steep hike in the parking fee itself. The price now seems nearly as high as Trolltunga’s unique rock formation, but local officials claim it was necessary to cover costs related […]

Fatal fall on popular mountain trail

An elderly man out hiking with his family over Besseggen, one of Norway’s most popular mountain trails despite its steepness, fell off one of the ridge’s narrowest portions. He’s believed to have died instantly after hitting his head on a rock. Police received the emergency call around 11:30am that the man, reported to be in […]

Man killed in fall from mountaintop

A man in his 40s was confirmed to have been killed Wednesday evening after hiking up to the top of a mountain in the county of Møre og Romsdal, and then suffering a bad fall. The fatal accident occurred atop the mountain called Rørsethornet near Midsund west of Molde. “The man has probably fallen from the […]

Bad weather spoils season’s last race

Norway’s traditional last ski race of the season this weekend, a mountain classic known as Skarverennet, was supposed to have been an eagerly anticipated battle of the superstars and a grand finale for Marit Bjørgen. Strong winds and poor visibility ended up cancelling it, also for the 12,200 others who had signed up to take […]

Skiers flocked to mountain ‘hytter’

Clear and sunny weather and an abundance of snow resulted in some huge increases in the number of overnight stays last week at the Norwegian mountain cabins and lodges known as hytter and operated by the national trekking association DNT . “The visitor numbers confirm that Easter in the mountains is a tradition that lives […]

‘Hytte’ sales soar as conflicts rise

Never have so many of the once-humble Norwegian mountain cabins called a “hytte” been sold as last year, and sales during the Easter holiday week have shocked brokers. At the same time, though, conflicts are rising over everything from new developments to the high property taxes charged by the local governments where hytte communities are located. […]

Mountain cabins hit by illness

DNT, the Norwegian mountain trekking association, was in emergency mode on Monday after at least 30 people who’ve been skiing from one DNT cabin to another have fallen ill. DNT officials fear an outbreak of the novo-virus, which causes serious vomiting and diarrhea. Three new cases of illness have been reported since Sunday evening. DNT […]

‘Half of Norway’ off on Easter holiday

Lots of snow in the mountains was promising skiers one of the best Easter holidays in years. Traffic was expected to be heavy for the next few days as hundreds of thousands of Norwegians take off from school and work, with many heading for the hills. A new survey conducted for the travel industry’s employers’ […]

Preikestolen closed for filming

Norway’s wildly popular mountain plateau known as Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) will be closed to the public from November 7-9, when Hollywood is due to take it over for the filming of the next Mission Impossible movie. Access will also be restricted during the next week as crews prepare the area for the filming. The local […]