Yet another mountain threatens to fall

Norwegian geologists are constantly monitoring the stability of the country’s steep mountainsides, and now one in Northern Norway is creating concerns. It’s called Gamanjunni, located up a valley across the Kåfjord from Olderdalen in Troms County, and evacuations loom. A new report from state waterways agency NVE warns that if masses of rock and dirt loosen and crash […]

Famed mountain road nearly overrun

One of Norway’s biggest tourist attractions, the mountain road full of hair-pin turns known as Trollstigen, reopened for the summer season this week. Cars were already lined up and waiting when the winter gate was unlocked and swung aside, despite bad weather, and some worry the crowds represent too much of a good thing. Parking […]

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 […]

‘God påske’ weekend to all our readers

Norway’s annual “Easter Exodus” is underway, with new figures showing that nearly half the country’s entire population planned to take time off for a spring vacation combined with the Easter holidays. Many Norwegians still head for the mountains for traditional spring skiing holidays, while increasing numbers travel within the country or go abroad. Norway officially observes more […]

Storms keep mountain roads closed

Only two highways over the mountains of Southern Norway were open on Friday because of ongoing blizzards, strong winds and such poor visibility that road crews can’t keep them cleared. Motorists remained stuck and those planning weekend trips were urged to drop them. Only the E16 highway over Filefjell and the RV52 over Hemsedalsfjellet were […]

New national park plans stalled in Parliament

Plans to create two new national parks, one in the hills and forests just east of Oslo called Østmarka, have been voted down by a majority on the Parliament’s energy and environmental committee. Proponents, however, claim they’re not giving up on the projects. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported during the weekend that the two government parties (the […]

More hikers needed mountaintop rescue

Norwegian search and rescue crews were pressed into action once again this week after a group of 16 people ran into trouble while hiking over the popular mountain ridge known as Besseggen, north of Fagernes. This time, though, the group had been organized by Norway’s own mountain trekking association DNT. Emergency officials have worried this summer […]

Emergency crews rescue more tourists in trouble

The ever-growing popularity of Norway’s most unique scenery and rocky mountaintops has set off another wave of accidents and rescue operations. Red Cross crews think more tourists should be warned against setting off on potentially hazardous treks. News bureau NTB reported how Red Cross emergency workers had to mount four separate rescue operations on Saturday evening […]

Authorities ease ‘red alert’ in Romsdal

After a full week on “red alert” because of fears a mountain in Romsdal would collapse into the valley below, Norwegian authorities lowered their warning to “yellow” over the weekend. Residents living just below the unstable mountainside were also allowed to move home. They’d been evacuated last week when the mountain known as Mannen (The […]

Mountain sets off a new ‘red alert’

The Norwegian mountain known as “Mannen” was once again threatening to crash down into the valley below it on Tuesday, prompting state officials to issue a new “red alert” and evacuate those living there. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Tuesday afternoon that geologists had detected a new round of unusual movement in the mountain that’s under […]