Long lines frustrated airport passengers

With only two officers on duty, lines built up quickly on Saturday morning at the passport control station at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen for those leaving Norway and Europe’s Schengen region. Some passengers became so frustrated by the unexpected waiting that tempers flared, while many feared missing their flights. It’s not the first time […]

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 […]

Oslo boosters get another chance

News that the travel gurus at Lonely Planet had placed Oslo on its list of top-10 destinations in 2018 could cheer civic- and tourism boosters disappointed by how a new film shot in Oslo, The Snowman, flopped at the box office. Another Norwegian TV series that’s being sold internationally may give them another chance for […]

Aquarium planned at Fornebu

Oslo has long had plans to build an aquarium and now one may finally materialize, but at Fornebu, west of the Norwegian capital.  Real estate development firm Selvaag announced this week that it plans to build Northern Europe’s bigget aquarium, on the western waterfront of Fornebu where the old seaplane airport once was located. Fornebu […]

SAS pilots still threaten to strike

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) could finally report some much better financial results this week, but the long-struggling carrier and its passengers still face massive disruption next week. SAS’ Danish and Norwegian pilots aren’t backing down on their demands for pay raises, more time off and, it’s claimed, more influence over how the airline is run. SAS’ […]

Sweden emerges as top holiday destination

Forget Mallorca, the Canary Islands and Greece. Sweden has emerged as the place where Norwegians spend most leisure time outside their own country, also this summer. “We’ve traveled on holiday to Sweden for 15 years,” Britt-Elin Meland Richmond of Kristiansund told newspaper Aftenposten over the weekend. She and her husband Bjørn are far from alone. According […]

Summer emergencies increased

The Norwegian Red Cross carried out 15 percent more rescue operations this summer than last year. In July alone they were called out 210 times, up 50 percent over July 2016. The increase can be tied to the boom in tourism in Norway but also to more widespread mobile telephone coverage. “We see that the […]

Maritime heritage alive in Farsund

PHOTO FEATURE: Long before offshore oil and gas made Norway one of the world’s wealthiest countries, its maritime heritage and huge fleet of ships all but ruled the waves. Much of that heritage can be experienced in the small, southern coastal town of Farsund, far from Norway’s bigger cities but nonetheless internationally oriented and once an economic hub. It […]

More Norwegians out traveling

Nearly four out of five Norwegians have been taking off on summer holidays this year, with Crete, Mallorca, Rhodes, Split in Croatia and Cyprus emerging as their top destinations. A survey conducted by employers’ organization Virke also showed that 57 percent planned to spend holiday time abroad. There also was an increase in the numbers of Norwegians […]

Seeing the light at Lista by the sea

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway is best known for its mountains and fjords, but it also can offer long sandy beaches and flat, wide-open spaces along its blustery coast. The area called Lista in Southwestern Norway is also known for its strong ties to the US through generations of emigration in both directions. Frequent and strong winds that sweep […]