Fourth Viking ship called ‘sensational’

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Viking ship, burial mounds and Iron Age homes right next to the busy E6 freeway near Halden in southeast Norway. The discovery is already being hailed as “sensational.” Although the Vikings are known to have been active seafarers and also brought their ships on shore to use as […]

Poverty grabs the political spotlight

There’s been a lot of talk lately about poverty in the world’s wealthiest country. It’s not the poverty that Norway’s huge foreign aid budget hopes to alleviate but rather a relative sort that still exists in Norway itself, and opposition politicians are highlighting it for all it’s worth. Debate climaxed this week with the release […]

‘Last hurrah’ for the National Gallery

It’s perhaps only fitting that the artist behind Norway’s “national painting” of a mountain in Rondane is featured in what will be the last exhibition at the National Gallery in Oslo for a very long time. When the Harald Sohlberg exhibition that opens this weekend closes on January 13, the National Gallery will close as […]

Landmark waterfall safer for tourists

PHOTO FEATURE: One of Norway’s most spectacular waterfalls became safer for visiting tourists this past summer. After three fatalities at the site since 2009, Vøringsfossen now sports a complex of secure viewing platforms that are likely to become a landmark themselves. Work began several years ago to secure the trails running along steep mountainsides near […]

Norway struggles with its suicides

Calls are rising for more openness and honesty about suicides in Norway, both in the media and the otherwise open public debate. This week’s International Suicide Prevention Day brought the issue to the forefront once again, in a country where many argue that it’s been a taboo subject for far too long. “My mother chose […]

New book sends hikers into ‘marka’

SEE  THE VIDEO: Hundreds of the most avid hikers and skiers in the Oslo area flocked to a hillside in the valley of Sørkedalen last weekend. They’d been eagerly awaiting release of the local ski association’s new Kjentmannsmerket Handbook, full of 50 new destinations, to become even better kjent (acquainted) with the great and nearby outdoors known […]

Get a sneak peek of Munch’s new home

PHOTO FEATURE: Oslo’s new monument to Norway’s famed artist Edvard Munch has been rising on the city’s eastern waterfront at a rapid pace during the past year. Its vast and invaluable collection of Munch’s art can only be rivalled by the views from the top of the new high-rise museum, which itself is said to […]

Duck and cover! Donald hits Oslo

Calls for even more diversity at the international football tournament Norway Cup this week were at least fictionally met with the arrival of the world’s most famous ducks. A recent issue of Donald Duck & Co, a comic book more popular in Norway than almost anywhere else, features Donald Duck and his triplet nephews’ debut […]

Maritime village preserves its past

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s maritime heritage can be seen all along its vast coastline from north to south, but some places stand out. Among them is the small town of Skudeneshavn, once known for its fleet of sailing ships and ferry port, and now for its scores of well-preserved white wooden houses, some of which take […]

Norway’s beaches grab new attention

PHOTO FEATURE: In a country best known for mountains, fjords and usually cold weather, Norway’s beaches can often be overlooked. The country’s long coastline offers some real gems, though, tucked in between all its rocky cliffs and headlands. This summer’s recent heat wave is suddenly bringing them some new attention. Norwegian media have been reporting […]