Tourist from India jailed for speeding

The father of a family from India who was on holiday in Norway last weekend is now sitting in jail in scenic Lofoten, charged with reckless driving and excessive speed on one of the archipelago’s narrow roads. He was caught driving 107kph (64mph) in a 50-zone (30mph) and police seized his driver’s license on the spot. “Completely […]

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 […]

Viking ship tied up in bureaucracy

A full-scale copy of Norway’s famous Oseberg Viking ship, which has sailed around the historic city of Tønsberg for the past five years, is currently tied up right at the start of its busy summer season. With no specific registry for Viking ships in Norway, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet) believes the Saga Oseberg is either a cargo or passenger vessel, and it […]

New gondola wins a royal reception

Residents of Loen in the mountains around the Nordfjord could hardly have hoped for better promotion of their new tourist attraction this weekend. Under sunny skies and with snow-capped mountains at their scenic best, a new gondola built to lure more visitors to the area was formally opened on Saturday by none other than Queen Sonja. The queen, who […]

Tourism booms in Norway’s Arctic

SVALBARD: Strong growth within Norway’s tourism industry is also extending well into the Arctic. On Svalbard, tourism is undergoing a boom that’s now being fueled by major new investment, while also raising safety and climate concerns. Svalbard, the remote Arctic archipelago that’s been administered by Norway for nearly 100 years, has gone through waves of economic activity, from […]

‘God påske’ weekend to all our readers

Norway’s annual “Easter Exodus” is underway, with new figures showing that nearly half the country’s entire population planned to take time off for a spring vacation combined with the Easter holidays. Many Norwegians still head for the mountains for traditional spring skiing holidays, while increasing numbers travel within the country or go abroad. Norway officially observes more […]

Stoltenberg, Brende condemn attack in London

NATO’s Norwegian chief Jens Stoltenberg and Foreign Minister Børge Brende were among those attending a meeting of the Coalition against terror organization IS in Washington DC on Wednesday, and who all condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London. Norway’s own police intelligence service was evaluating the terrorist threat level, as support poured in for London residents. Both Stoltenberg […]

Birkebeiner attracts record foreigners

Organizers of this year’s annual and highly traditional Birkebeiner ski race from Rena to Lillehammer faced having the lowest number of participants in 15 years. They’re making up for at least some of the loss by instead attracting record numbers of foreign racers, keen to test their stamina in the 54-kilometer marathon. “I am from Granada,” […]

Labour’s love lost on Lofoten debate

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre has finally confirmed that Norway’s scenic Lofoten islands need some tender loving care, with parts of their offshore waters protected from oil exploration and production. His jobs-minded party, however, isn’t extending full protection to other nearby areas, and that means few apart from Støre himself are happy with a proposed compromise announced this week. “This is an especially […]

Bergen’s ‘Bryggen’ mulls an entry fee

Norway’s tourist boom has left the historic Bryggen wharf area in Bergen so overrun with visitors during the summer months that its owners are pondering new crowd control measures. Among them is imposition of an entry fee, especially for cruiseship passengers. Local newspaper BA reported Friday that the foundation operating the wharf from the Hanseatic age has found […]