Empty urban spaces illustrate the crisis

PHOTO FEATURE: Spring has arrived in the Norwegian capital, where sidewalks, outdoor cafés and other public spaces would normally be packed with people out enjoying the sunny weather. Oslo is instead experiencing an urban emptiness that shows how the Corona virus crisis has created an economic crisis as well. Karl Johans Gate is Oslo’s main […]

Royals adorn ‘real’ homes nationwide

PHOTO FEATURE: So much for all the recent hype about uncluttered Norwegian design, architecturally spectacular homes in Norway, and criticism of the Norwegian monarchy. A new book offers rare insight into how Norwegians really live, and how affection for the royals through generations is reflected in homes from north to south and in between. The […]

Ski season opens after surprise snow

PHOTO FEATURE: The lakes aren’t frozen yet, but skiers in many parts of Southern Norway got a welcome surprise after lots of snow fell both before and during the weekend. Trailblazers made their winter debut, in the middle of autumn for a change. Caution is still needed and it may be awhile before skiers can […]

Army joins schools’ friendship dance

VIDEO: It started with school children and spread all over Norway this year: Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s annual friendship dance. Even the Army has since joined in, claiming that the dance’s promotion of integration and inclusion meets its own motto of “Respect, responsibility and courage.”  The project, which is also part of an anti-bullying campaign, resulted […]

Remote Røst rides out the storms

PHOTO FEATURE: It takes a certain amount of effort to get to Norway’s remote islands of Røst, which lie around 100 kilometers off the mainland and well above the Arctic Circle. It’s worth it, for anyone wanting to experience a small but sturdy community that’s rich in maritime history and surrounded by dramatic scenery, one […]

Vintage vessel gets new berth in Bodø

PHOTO FEATURE: After decades of battling the elements outdoors, Norway’s  last surviving vessel from a vital part of its maritime history has finally won a new and much more worthy berth in the northern city of Bodø. Visitors can now experience the vessel, known as a jekt, from all angles inside a brand new museum […]

Magic moment for Norwegian skiers

Maybe training with the Norwegian military’s special forces last spring helped downhill racer Kjetil Jansrud after all. He skied, at any rate, to the World Championship in the men’s downhill over the weekend, while his longtime mentor Aksel Lund Svindal skied to what could only be called a fabulous end to a brilliant career. Jansrud […]

The autumn leaves, of red and gold

SEE THE VIDEO: They’ve been drifting past windows, or even framing them. It’s that time of year in Norway, when the nights are cold, the days somewhat warmer but brisk, and the fall colours breathtaking. Here’s a video of the Hagerup Waterfall in the hills above Hakadal, just north of Oslo, followed by some photos […]

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 […]

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 […]