Crash site memorial offers a shady oasis

PHOTO FEATURE: Jets still fly every day over the site of a wartime plane crash in 1945 that tragically killed British liberators just before they were due to land themselves at what’s now Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. They came to help ensure the unconditional surrender of Nazi German forces, and now a memorial to […]

Visitors flock to North Sea island

UTSIRA: Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians made the best of the country’s last long public holiday weekend until Christmas, and were able to enjoy lots of sunshine and unusually warm temperatures before heading back to work. On this windswept island in the North Sea, cars and people literally burst off the ferry from the mainland […]

Fall colors keep blazing around Oslo

PHOTO FEATURE: The reds, golds and deep greens of autumn have been firing up local landscapes in Norway during the past few weeks, not least around Oslo. The brilliant leaves are constantly threatened by wind and storms blowing in, but the hills were still alive this past week with some breathtaking views less than an […]

Autumn arrives in all its colorful glory

PHOTO FEATURE: After one of the warmest summers on record, autumn is arriving around the country in spectacular fashion. Fall colors are breaking out all over, just in time for thousands of school children and their families to head off for mountain hikes during their one-week annual høstferie (autumn holidays). Journalist and photographer Marie Peyre just went […]

A touch of Miami in the heart of Oslo

PHOTO FEATURE: As Oslo sweltered through yet another uncharacteristically hot day on Tuesday, the newly developed area along the fjord at Tjuvholmen took on distinctly un-Norwegian characteristics of its own. Bikinis have replaced bunads this summer as overheated locals throw themselves into the water, while huge cruiseships and lots of pleasure boats loom in the background. […]

Kids forced offline at popular summer camp

The roughly 1,300 children from Oslo who’ve been accepted into a city-run  camp on an island south of the city this summer are told to leave their mobile phones at home. Camp officials want them to run around and have fun instead of sitting still and staring at screens. “Electronic gadgets and social media take […]

Holmsbu heads into high season

PHOTO FEATURE: The scenic, seaside village of Holmsbu is one of many dotting the Norwegian coast that’s now gearing up for high season in the summertime. Holmsbu, known for attracting some of Norway’s most prominent artists more than 100 years ago, still thrives with new generations of those on holiday in an historic setting. [flgallery […]

Avalanche danger dims sunny Easter

Norway’s traditional Easter skiing holidays in the mountains got off to a mostly sunny start, but the ongoing danger of avalanches hung over them like a dark cloud. Another man was killed during the weekend and a 12-year-old boy rushed to hospital after both were buried under mounds of snow in Tromsø and Sauda on […]

Classic ‘Lofoten’ calls at Lofoten

PHOTO FEATURE: As the Easter holidays settled in, there was no break for the “Hurtigruten” vessels that sail up and down the Norwegian coast. We spotted several calling at Svolvær in Lofoten over the weekend, including the classic old ‘MS Lofoten,’ which still plies the route between Bergen and Kirkenes and berthed once again in […]

Great outdoors at the ‘cultural core’

After a week of media debate over what comprises the core of Norwegian culture comes an answer based on 17,000 votes and 500 proposals submitted by the readers of the country’s largest newspaper: Norwegians thrive best when they’re trekking through the country’s great outdoors. The debate itself was criticized for being set in motion by a […]