Skies cleared after violent storms

The extreme weather system dubbed “Ylva” was finally subsiding on Friday after two days of strong winds, rain and blizzards that started in the south and then raged northwards. Nordland and Troms could start cleaning up while Finnmark continued to be battered. Thousands of residents lost electricity but state waterways and energy directorate NVE reported […]

Blizzard warnings up for Southern Norway

Norway’s state meteorological institute was warning that “enormous” amounts of precipitation are expected in Sørlandet (along the southern coast) and Østlandet (the southeastern portions of the country) on Wednesday. As much as 40 centimeters of snow was predicted for various areas of the Agder counties. “The snow can start falling this evening (Tuesday) and last through […]

Storms close nearly all mountain roads

State highway officials were warning on Friday that any motorists attempting to drive over the mountains of Southern Norway this weekend had better have plenty of warm clothing, food and drink in their vehicles. Snowstorms had closed nearly all main highways by Friday afternoon and there were long waits for convoy escorts on the few […]

Winter arrives with cheers, challenges

The first serious snow of the winter in Southern Norwegian towns and cities caused some problems this week because of slippery roads and highways. Ski centers and retailers were delighted, however, because the snow can help kick off both the ski- and Christmas shopping seasons. Snow fell most of the day on Tuesday in Oslo […]

New Olympic bid called ‘tragicomic’

UPDATED: Heads were shaking in Norway after state broadcaster NRK reported how officials in the inland county of Telemark were planning to mount a new bid to host a Winter Olympics, preferably in 2026. Jacob Lund, who headed sponsorships for Norway’s largest bank for more than 20 years, was among those dismissing the effort, while […]

South swelters while north freezes

Rarely have temperature differences between Northern and Southern Norway been more extreme than in the past several days. Snow and sub-zero temps continue to freeze folks from Svalbard to Kirkenes and Tromsø, while those in the southern portions of the country have been enjoying early summer weather. Saturday could only be described as extraordinary, as temperatues […]

Oslo wakes up to more snow

Police were urging motorists to leave their cars at home on Thursday, after the Oslo area was hit by more sleet and snow that built up at higher elevations and left roads extremely slippery. The unseasonably cold and wet weather, which also put a damper on royal birthday celebrations this week, was expected to improve. […]

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 […]

New Olympic bids fall flat

Bergen, Stavanger and the western mountain city of Voss are teaming up to study the possibilities of mounting a bid for a “Fjord Olympics” in 2030, while Lillehammer officials are pondering the same, in either 2026 or 2030. The ambitious projects were immediately rejected as unrealistic, both financially and politically. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Thursday that […]

Two Italian tourists caught in Lyngen avalanche

UPDATED: Another avalanche, this time in the Lyngen Alps of Northern Norway, crashed down on a group of ski tourists from Italy on Thursday afternoon. One was rescued quickly, but the other was caught under the snow for nearly two hours before being found and dug out. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the Italian skier […]