Big Bergen fire ‘one of toughest’ ever

Firefighters finally gained control over another major fire to break out in the historic west coast city of Bergen during the night. It took nearly three hours to contain the blaze in an area with many wooden houses. “This has been an extremely demanding fire for us, and one of the toughest I’ve ever been involved […]

Bergen police launch hunt for church arsonist

Police in Bergen fear they may have another church arsonist on their hands, after someone tried to light a fire at a back entrance to the city’s cathedral during the night. Firefighters quickly put it out. An investigation was underway while church officials in and around Bergen boosted security. Bergen’s historic Fantoft stave church was burned […]

Bergen bargains on better times ahead

When the annual Bergen International Festival opened for the 63rd time last week, there was little doubt that the proud city on Norway’s west coast was sorely in need of a party. Bergen has had a bad year, for all kinds of reasons. Between now and June 10, the festival may boost spirits and live up to this […]

Air space closed over Bergen

Norwegian civil aviation authorities closed the air space over downtown Bergen on Saturday at the urging of Norwegian police. Flights were forbidden over the area in order to help gain control over the air space in the wake of heightened concerns about a possible terrorist attack in Norway. It’s the middle of the summer tourism season […]

Record-breaking building in Bergen

Construction is well underway on what will be the world’s highest wooden building in the west coast city of Bergen. When completed, the apartment block known as “The Tree” will have 14 floors and stand 51 meters high, eclipsing the current 32-metre, 10 floor record holder in Melbourne, Australia. Building began at the site by […]

Bergen railway network crippled

A train breakdown in a Hordaland tunnel on Wednesday night proved to be much more serious than authorities initially thought, forcing a shutdown of the entire Bergen line on Thursday. A bus shortage compounded the problems, and commuters were warned to expect delays. A local train tore down driving lines in the tunnel near Dale, […]

Bergen gearing up for Christmas

PICTURE STORY: Norway is getting ready for Christmas celebrations, and its second city is no exception. Norwegians know how to ward off winter darkness with millions of white lights and other forms of holiday cheer. Use the arrows to navigate through the pictures we took in beautiful Bergen last week. ALL PHOTOS: [flgallery id=84 […]

Sudden sun shed new light on Bergen

It was a dark, rainy day in Bergen, until a glimpse of sunlight and a rainbow appeared over the harbour – and Anne-Marie Forker had her camera ready to shoot. “It really brought the landscape to life,” says Forker, who contributed the resulting photo to Views and News. Forker, an Irish photographer, says she loves the Norwegian […]

School shooting threat in Bergen

UPDATED 18.00 CET: A junior high school in Bergen, west Norway, was evacuated this Tuesday morning after a national newspaper received a message from a pupil claiming to have a weapon in their school bag with the intention of shooting others, “especially Muslims.” No-one is believed to have been hurt in the incident at Gimle […]

Big day for Bergen with ‘Bybanen’

Almost half a century after Bergen shut down its tramway, it was resurrected, sort of, with the opening of a new light urban railway on Tuesday. Queen Sonja was the first official passenger to take the new Bybanen, which has been two-and-a-half years in the making. More than 6 million people are expected to use […]