Holiday restrictions spur ‘boat bonanza’

Another sign of Norway’s fundamentally stong economy has sailed into local headlines lately: Norwegians are buying boats like never before. Sales of both new and used boats are showing huge increases, and prices are rising. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 33 years in the boat business,” Anders Topland at Grimstad Bådsenter on […]

Boating accidents soar

Norway’s police boats, along with its search and rescue boats, responded to 689 accidents and incidents involving pleasure craft in May. That’s a 28 percent increase over last year, and the authorities are concerned. Some of the increase can be tied to the unusually warm weather that prompted far more boaters to head out on […]

Fatal boat fire under investigation

The state search and rescue service for Southern Norway is asking the national accidents investigation board (Havarikommisjonen) to investigate a fire on board a private boat in the Oslo Fjord during the weekend. It claimed the life of a woman who was trapped inside the boat. News bureau NTB reported that one person was rescued relatively unharmed […]

Hot summer boosts drowning accidents

The record warm temperatures that left Norwegians sweating through the summer has also resulted in what aid organization Norsk Folkehjelp fears will be the highest number of drownings in many years. “July is always the worst month, but from the numbers we’ve seen so far, this July will be much worse than earlier years,” Torunn […]

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. […]

New police boat in action

Oslo police have a powerful new means of catching criminals and speedsters at sea: A new patrol boat that can go from zero to 40 knots when they need to chase someone down. The new vessel, christened this spring, replaces an earlier patrol boat by the same name, Vekteren (The Watchman). It cost NOK 15 […]

Huge Færder regatta may change tack

Norway’s annual Færderseilasen has long ranked as one of the largest regattas in the world, and around 700 boats gathered in the inner Oslo Fjord on Friday as the first class of racers readied to set sail around noon. The number of boats taking part in what’s known as “Færder’n,” though, has declined in the […]

Labour Party loses its life vest support

With the summer boating season in full swing, Norwegians learned Thursday that they won’t be required to wear life vests on board pleasure craft after all. The Labour Party, which had proposed mandatory use of life vests, lost majority support in Parliament after one of its own former government partners threw the measure overboard. The […]

Fine for 90-year-old ‘Lifejacket Arne’

A 90-year-old man who became an unlikely celebrity when he staged his own legal defense over charges of failing to wear a life jacket was sentenced on Wednesday. Arne Pedersen was ordered to pay a NOK 600 (USD 97) fine or spend one day in jail, as well as NOK 1,000 in court costs. Arne Pedersen […]

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 […]