Mountain evacuees could move back home

Homeowners and farmers living at the foot of the unstable Norwegian mountain known as Mannen were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday after being evacuated since late last week. They continue to live with uncertainty, however, over whether the mountain will some day crash down. Colder weather and predicted rain that came as […]

Unstable mountain prompts evacuation

Norway’s restless mountain called Mannen has started moving again, so much that geologists who are constantly monitoring it called for the evacuation Thursday night of those living under it. They fear the mountainside will crash down to the valley below. Mannen has set off drama for years, most recently last year when local residents were […]

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 […]

Government saves a scenic waterway

Advocates of the environment and great outdoors could finally celebrate a victory over the Norwegian government on Monday, when Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Oil Minister Terje Søviknes announced they would protect a scenic waterway in the mountains of their home county of Hordaland in Western Norway. It’s called Øystesevassdraget, and it’s been the site […]

Tom Cruise forced to postpone ‘Preikestolen’ stunt

US actor Tom Cruise has had to postpone taking part in a stunt planned atop Norway’s famed rocky plateau Preikestolen, after he broke his ankle while working on the latest Mission Impossible film. Cruise was supposed to take part in another action scene for the film on Preikestolen from September 20-28. Local newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported […]

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 […]

Norway shuttering the summer ‘seter’

PHOTO FEATURE: The long tradition of moving sheep, cattle and goats up to grazing land at higher elevations lives on in Norway. A new study shows, however, that fully 99 percent of the traditional mountain dairy farms known as a seter or støl, where women looked after the animals and made butter and cheese, have been shut down. […]

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 […]

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 […]