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 […]

Tourists accused of stealing goats’ bells

Farmer Reidar Stenberg, who’s raising around 200 goats on his mountain property at the foot of Hallingskarvet, is fed up with tourists who steal the bells that hang around the necks of some of his free-grazing animals. Such theft is “totally disrespectful,” claims the farmers’ national organization Norges Bondelaget. Stenberg operates the Presthold Geitestøl in the […]

Pilgrimages keep gaining popularity

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Crown Prince Haakon’s official re-opening of Norway’s historic pilgrim trail from Oslo to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. More pilgrims than ever are hiking at least parts of the 643-kilometer trail, with 70 percent of them coming from abroad. A group of high-profile Norwegians including two government ministers set off from Oslo […]

Tourist boom spurs more toilet trouble

Norway has won international acclaim for its elegant roadside rest stops and stunning vista points set up along refurbished national tourist routes. The sheer numbers of tourists this summer have, however, caught local officials and visitors themselves with their pants down. The state highway department known as Statens vegvesen, which is responsible for maintaining some of the most […]