Heavy snow delays airline traffic

The surprise spring snowstorm that snarled vehicular traffic around eastern and southern Norway on Monday was also causing serious delays in airline traffic at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. Buses serving the airport were also running way behind schedule. Airport officials said OSL Gardermoen was operating at half-capacity because of the sudden need to clear snow […]

Snow and sleet spark traffic accidents

Police all over eastern and southern Norway were urging motorists against driving on Monday, as snow, sleet and rain poured down following weeks of warmer, sunnier weather. The surprise storm even sent a school bus sliding off a road in Røyken, west of Oslo, and traffic came to a standstill in many areas. Most all […]

Snow complicated heavy Easter traffic

Snow and slippery roads in Southern Norway added to motorists’ frustration and traffic authorities’ concerns on Monday, when hundreds of thousands of Norwegians drove home after the long Easter holiday weekend. Driving conditions were especially difficult on the E18 highway through Sørlandet. Traffic was also heavy both Sunday and Monday on main highways from the mountains back […]

Sun worshippers find Opera’s light

It’s long been a status symbol for many Norwegians to return to school or work with a suntan after the Easter holidays. These city slickers in Oslo who hadn’t traveled to the mountains for spring skiing, or to warmer southern climes, found a much cheaper option for catching some rays on the snow-white roof of the Opera House before […]

Spring skiers warned against sunburn

Norway’s national cancer association (Kreftforeningen) was once against warning everyone heading outdoors to enjoy spring skiing during the Easter holidays to use sun block creams and dark sunglasses. Weather forecasts in Southern Norway were predicting temperatures as high as 15C in some areas. “In the mountains of Southern Norway, the Easter sun can be  intense,” Bjørn […]

Warm sunshine set to fade

When Norway switched to daylight savings time (called sommertid) over the weekend, the timing couldn’t have been better. Along with the extra hour of daylight in the evenings, which now extends to around 8:30pm, came a sudden surge of warm summer weather but it may fade away soon. Residents of Southern Norway have been basking in warm sunshine since Saturday, […]

Wild weather shines and storms

While Southern Norway basked under sunshine and blue skies in summer-like temperatures over the weekend, Northern Norway was hit by another onslaught of snowstorms and stong winds that disrupted traffic all over the region. State meteorologists predicted more of the same this week, while southerners may need to bundle up again as well. Many Oslo […]

Storms keep mountain roads closed

Only two highways over the mountains of Southern Norway were open on Friday because of ongoing blizzards, strong winds and such poor visibility that road crews can’t keep them cleared. Motorists remained stuck and those planning weekend trips were urged to drop them. Only the E16 highway over Filefjell and the RV52 over Hemsedalsfjellet were […]

Missing tourist found after avalanche

As strong winds continued to pound much of Southern Norway on Wednesday, the rough weather also dramatically raised the risk of avalanches in the mountains. A German skier was missing Wednesday afternoon after slides around Hardangervidda, but later found alive, while a group of high school students had a frightening experience during the night. “Avoid any areas bounded by […]

Snowstorm shuts mountain roads

UPDATED: State highway officials were reporting Wednesday morning that all highways over the mountains of Southern Norway were either closed or restricted to convoy driving, because of hazardous weather conditions. Snow and strong winds were still creating traffic chaos Wednesday evening, and stranding many motorists. Both the highway officials and police were urging motorists to give […]