Preikestolen hits the silver screen

Local authorities in Forsand, Rogaland County, went to great lengths to allow the makers of the new Mission: Impossible film to use Norway’s popular rocky mountaintop known as Preikestolen as a setting. It ended up with just four minutes in the new film that premieres in Norway on August 3, but Forsand Mayor Bjarte Dagestad […]

Summer holidays close to home

Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians launched their annual summer holidays over the weekend, which marked the start of the three-week period known as fellesferie. The myth that “everyone” heads for southern Europe or farther afield isn’t true, though, with three out of five Norwegians planning to stay in Norway, some of them in rather primitive […]

Trolltunga’s parking fees hiked

Tourists and Norwegians alike face not only a demanding hike after parking at the closest lot to Trolltunga’s trailhead this summer. They also face a steep hike in the parking fee itself. The price now seems nearly as high as Trolltunga’s unique rock formation, but local officials claim it was necessary to cover costs related […]

Bodø seeks ‘cultural capital’ status

Norway’s northern city of Bodø is the only Norwegian applicant to become a “European Capital of Culture” in 2024. It won support this week from leaders of the Northern Norwegian counties. Troms and Finnmark, along with Nordland where Bodø is located, have given their full support to Bodø, which is surrounded by mountain ranges, undergoing […]

Tourists injured in bus collision

As many as 18 tourists were injured, five of them critically, when a bus and a van carrying a total of 39 people collided head-on Sunday in the mountains near Stryn. State broadcaster NRK reported that the accident occurred on County Road 60 between Stryn and Loen, now home to a gondola that’s become a […]

Tourist killed after falling on Lofoten

A man who was out hiking with a group of nine French tourists was killed Thursday when he fell 30 meters in Moskenes on the Lofoten islands. The group was hiking from Munkebu, a tourist cabin under the mountain called Munken. State broadcaster NRK reported that the area is remote with poor mobile phone coverage. […]

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 […]