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 […]

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 […]