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 […]

Bad weather shut Preikestolen

The popular Norwegian mountain ledge known as Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) was closed to hikers and other tourist traffic on Monday because of bad weather and extremely poor visibility. Norway’s entire West Coast was getting hit with another deluge of heavy rain. “We warned folks against hiking up to Preikestolen all day,” Audun Rake of […]

Missing BASE jumper found dead

A man from abroad was killed Sunday after he jumped off a mountaintop in Norway’s county of Møre og Romsdal, a popular area for those taking part in BASE jumping. He was jumping with a friend, who couldn’t find him after landing himself. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the two men jumped off Katthammaren at […]

Solberg mulls moving a mountain for Finland

Prime Minister Erna Solberg says she’s “considering” a request from a northern municipality to redraw the lines around a small portion of Norway’s border with Finland, to make the Halti mountain peak part of Finland. The move would give Finland its highest mountain on the occasion of its 100th anniversary of independence. State broadcaster NRK reported on Wednesday that […]

Mountain highway reopened Saturday

UPDATED: Geologists gave Norway’s state highway department a green light to start clearing the E16 highway between Voss and Gudvangen on Thursday, and it reopened on Saturday. The road was abruptly closed after enormous boulders rolled down its adjacent mountainside, blocking it and causing severe damage to the highway itself. The highway, which is the most heavily trafficked route over the […]