Visitors flock to North Sea island

UTSIRA: Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians made the best of the country’s last long public holiday weekend until Christmas, and were able to enjoy lots of sunshine and unusually warm temperatures before heading back to work. On this windswept island in the North Sea, cars and people literally burst off the ferry from the mainland […]

Hurtigruten gets new coastal rival

Norway’s famed coastal shipping route will be shared by two operators from 2021, as part of a move by the state transport ministry to stimulate competition. The venerable shipping line Hurtigruten will be joined by newcomer Havila Kystruten AS, with each operating seven and four ships respectively on the subsidized 11-day round-trip routes with daily […]

Ski resort to demand use of helmets

The Hovden Alpinsenter ski resort in the mountains of Southern Norway is set to become the first in the country to require use of helmets on its downhill slopes. Insurance companies are rejoicing and hope other alpine resport make helmets mandatory, too. “We’re doing this because we see that helmets are very important as a […]

OSL Gardermoen sets a new record

Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen, OSL, opened expanded terminals last year and they’ve been well used already. Airport officials reported over the weekend that traffic through OSL last year set another record. A total of 27 million people traveled through OSL in 2017, an increase of 1.6 million from 2016. Those traveling to and from […]

Expansion looms for former Olympic ski resorts 

Investors have big plans for the two Norwegian ski resorts Hafjell and Kvitfjell. The new owners claim it will represent the biggest investment since both were first developed for the Olympics at Lillehammer in 1994. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that state-owned Investinor sold its 49 percent stake in Alpinco, the company that owns and […]

Northern Norway’s ‘biggest move ever’

The northern Norwegian city of Bodø has approved ambitious plans to literally move its airport just 900 meters, thereby opening up valuable new waterfront land for redevelopment. If also approved by Parliament, it will be the biggest land-based construction project ever undertaken in Northern Norway, and further boost a city that’s already blossoming. Bodø’s City […]

Winter tourism breaks all records

There’s hardly any room at the inns this month, at least in Norway’s northern city of Tromsø. January used to be a very quiet month for Norwegian hotels, but an avalanche of winter tourists has left Tromsø with occupancy rates as high as 95 percent, and business is booming father south as well. “It’s tremendous,” […]

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 […]