Cold race awaited Birkebeiner fans

Thousands of eager skiers were ready once again to race their way over the mountains of southeastern Norway during the weekend, and they faced an especially cold ordeal. This year’s famed “Birkebeinerrennet” nonetheless was fully booked months ago even though it was being held on the same day as the men’s 50-kilometer World Cup race […]

Holmenkollen tries to lure back fans

World Cup ski jumping and ski racing are set to return to Holmenkollen in Oslo this weekend, and organizers are hoping that cheering crowds will return as well. Grandstands were embarrassingly empty last year, after a sharp rise in ticket prices, but now tickets are cheaper, some local embassies have tried to help stir interest […]

Top restaurant woos back top chefs

Bagatelle, which ranked for years as the most exclusive restaurant in Norway, is about to spice up its staff with the return of two chefs who’d followed the high-profile master of Bagatelle’s kitchen, Eyvind Hellstrøm, out the door three years ago. Now they aim to restore Bagatelle’s former glory. Bagatelle, located on Oslo’s fashionable Bygdøy […]

Oslo’s ‘nynorsk’ theater turns 100

Norway’s national theater dedicated to the nynorsk form of the Norwegian language is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a special program boasting 30 different plays, brisk ticket sales and a string of theatrical awards. Det Norske Teatret, which debuted amidst violent conflicts over the use of nynorsk, is still pushing boundaries and defining a new […]

Thanksgiving reaches Norway

While many Americans were settling into traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinners at home and abroad on Thursday (or on the weekends before and after the important holiday) some restaurants in the Norwegian capital were beginning to offer Thanksgiving menus as well. One of them was rather exclusive. The “Lille B” restaurant attached to Oslo’s pricey gourmet […]

Coffee break with top Oslo barista

AUDIO REPORT: Tim Wendelboe is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in coffee in Norway. He’s won awards, been written up in the New York Times and a host of other publications, and remains devoted to his highly acclaimed coffee shop in Oslo’s trendy Grünerløkka area. It continues to be a magnet for those seeking […]

Oslo’s coffee brews acclaim

The coffee in Oslo been attracting a lot of international attention lately. The Norwegian capital now ranks among the Top 10 “coffee cities” in the world and is grabbing a leading role in two new books in the works by American writers. They call the country’s coffee “unlike any other” and “the best money can […]