Spring has sprung in Norway

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Northern Norway enjoyed lots of sunny, spring-like weather during the Easter holidays and lately it’s been southern Norway’s turn. Winter-weary locals have finally been able to enjoy clear blue skies, surprisingly warm sunshine and even a boat ride on the fjord.

Many sun-starved Norwegians headed for the seashore at Huk on Bygdøy over the weekend. In the background, the Telenor Arena, where the Eurovision Song Contest will be held next month. PHOTO: Views and News

There’s still a nip in the air, and nighttime temperatures regularly dip below the freezing point, but that’s quickly forgotten by midday, when people venture outdoors and try to soak up some rays.

Restaurants in Oslo have begun setting up their outdoor summer seating areas. Most retain outdoor serving throughout the winter to satisfy smokers who can’t light up inside, but gone are the bulky heating lamps, awnings and thick blankets.

Few if any folks have begun diving into the chilly sea yet, but it’s just a matter of time. Many opted for walks along Oslo’s waterfront last weekend and around the shoreline of the Bygdøy Peninsula, which offers some of the capital’s most popular swimming spots.

Others have taken rides on the fjord boats that started running April 1 and also on the commuter ferries over to the Nesodden Peninsula. That’s a relatively reasonably way to get a scenic half-hour ride each way, with a walk on Nesodden’s well-marked kyststi (coastal path) as well.

Both Oslo and Bergen recorded their warmest temperatures of the year so far on Sunday, of 15c and 13.7C respectively. Meteorologist Mette Skjerdal told newspaper Aftenposten that it was the warmest April 11th recorded in 70 years.

Pollen season has begun, though, and those suffering from allergies are urged to take precautions. Only rain and chilly weather again can offer natural relief, but that was in the forecast. Meteorologists predicted lower temperatures later in the week and occasional showers around much of the country during the weekend, with snow or sleet at higher elevations.

Views and News staff