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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Frogner Park draws Pokémon crowds

Oslo’s Frogner Park, with its vast collection of sculptures by Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland, has emerged as a magnet for players of the new mobile phone game Pokémon Go. The park has been full of people walking around with their mobile phones in hand this week, arguably paying more attention to their screens than the […]

Owls get nesting help in Aremark

PHOTO FEATURE: It’s high season for nesting birds in Norway, and many Norwegians are more than happy to help their feathered friends provide for the next generation. Among them is Ole Lagerholt of Aremark in Southern Norway, who has made and placed more than 50 nesting boxes in his local forests, and recently was delighted […]

Huge interest all but drowns waterslide project

Interest is so massive in plans to create a giant waterslide on a hilly street in Oslo this summer that the website set up to sell tickets crashed over the weekend. It simply couldn’t handle the demand. “Some of you experienced problems yesterday in ordering tickets for Norway’s longest waterslide,” read a message posted on […]

Norway to build giant waterslide after all

What started as a joke on social media last year now seems poised to become a reality: Oslo officials have approved a proposal to roll out a 300-meter-long water slide in the city’s Sagene district, if only for one day this summer. “We just got it confirmed from the city, the police and fire departments,” Erik Holm, […]

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 […]

Spectacular start to autumn holidays

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegians all over the country are off this week on the annual autumn holidays known as “høstferie,” when many schools close and parents take time off, too. After lots of bad weather and heavy rain, the skies cleared over much of southern Norway and the holidays got off to a spectacular start, also in […]

Scenic cemeteries are the new parks

Despite recent controversy over tourists found camping in some of Norway’s scenic graveyards, residents themselves are increasingly using local well-tended cemeteries as an alternative to parks. The resting places of the dead can actually be full of life, and the ultimate “green lung” for those in search of a breather. On a recent summer afternoon at Norway’s most historic and well-known cemetery, Vår Frelsers […]