Cruiseships face fjord restrictions

The Norwegian government intends to impose stricter requirements on cruiseships entering the country’s famous fjords. After years of concerns about emissions that pollute both the air and the fjords themselves, nearly half of those now sailing in may be banned from 2019. “Our World Heritage fjords are an enormous resource,” Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen said […]

Police question ‘Troll Cock’ suspect

Police in the Norwegian coastal town of Egersund have a suspect in the vandalism of a local rock formation that resembled an erect penis. The rock known as Trollpikken (The Troll Cock) is likely to be re-erected after a spurt of international publicity that climaxed with a surge of donations to finance repairs. Three days after Trollpikken […]

Group to re-erect ‘Trollpikken’

An appalled but enthusiastic group of activists is determined that their local landmark, a stone formation called “Trollpikken” that resembled an erect penis, will rise again. Police are searching, meanwhile, for whoever literally cut it off over the weekend, with the culprits facing six years in prison for environmental vandalism if caught. Reaction has been swift after a […]

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 […]