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 […]

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 […]

Strong winds, snow closed key mountain highways

State highway officials were forced to close some key highways over the mountains of Southern Norway on Sunday, and two of them remained closed on Monday. That disrupted traffic for thousands of Norwegians trying to get home after a week of winter holiday when schools were closed. The highways over Haukelifjell (E134) and Hardangervidda (RV7) were still closed […]

Winter holidays may soon melt away

Scenic landscapes, crisp cold air and lots of snow for skiing have created the tradition of winter holidays for millions of Norwegians over the years. As many headed home over the weekend from mountain cabins and hotels, though, they were acutely aware that the tradition is under threat because of the lack of the most […]

No one caught in latest Svalbard slide

Authorities on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard could confirm Sunday evening that no one was missing or injured by yet another avalanche that slid down a mountainside in an area featuring holiday cottages known as hytter on Sunday afternoon. The area, known as Hjorthamn, is located just across the fjord from Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard’s […]

Another avalanche rams Longyearbyen

UPDATED: NVE, the state agency responsible for issuing avalanche warnings, admitted it made a mistake Tuesday after more tons of snow, ice, dirt and rocks thundered down on a residental area of Longyearbyen on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard on Tuesday. Agency personnel had posted high avalanche danger in other areas but hadn’t expected another […]

Hazards abound as roads turned to ice

Police in nearly all the counties of southern and central Norway were posting warnings Thursday morning that roads and highways were so slippery that even the trucks sent out to salt and gravel them were sliding out of control. Motorists were strongly urged to leave their vehicles parked. The situation was especially serious in the counties […]

Lack of snow chills large ski races

As residents of southern Norway headed into another weekend with few if any prospects for skiing, because of an ongoing lack of snow, the organizers of major annual ski races are losing out as well. Registration is down by as much as 70 percent, and they blame both the warmer weather and a general decline […]