Norway’s beaches grab new attention

PHOTO FEATURE: In a country best known for mountains, fjords and usually cold weather, Norway’s beaches can often be overlooked. The country’s long coastline offers some real gems, though, tucked in between all its rocky cliffs and headlands. This summer’s recent heat wave is suddenly bringing them some new attention. Norwegian media have been reporting […]

Coast celebrated, in politics and art

Norway is known for its mountains and fjords, but its long coastline has had perhaps the biggest impact on its people, culture, livelihoods, transport and communication for centuries. Now the Norwegian coast is the highlight of a new exhibit at the National Gallery in Oslo, as it still plays a huge role in the country’s economy and […]

Solvik-Olsen now set to sail

Norway’s transport minister, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, has avoided being called into a disciplinary hearing in Parliament, for allegedly forcing the ministry’s communications out of her job. He wasn’t satisfied with her reluctance to arrange a summer road trip for him in 2014, but that hasn’t put the brakes on his wanderlust. Now he’s planning to sail along Norway’s […]

Sights of summer in scenic Lyngør

PICTURE SERIES: As summer winds down in Norway, memories linger and the locals start looking forward to next year, not least to visiting fabled Sørlandet. It takes a boat ride to get there, but the historic village of Lyngør, set on a group of islands off Norway’s south coast, is well worth the visit.  UNESCO […]

Warmer waters bring exotic residents

A steady increase in water temperature over the past three decades has brought more than a hundred new species to the Norwegian coast line.  Divers can now spot John Dory off the south west coast, mussels are popping up in Svalbard and the edible crab has made its way as far north as Hammerfest. According […]

Norway fails to protect its coast

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway is among the worst countries in Europe when it comes to protecting its coastline from real estate development and preserving coastal access. Both private and public players continue to restrict access, and it doesn’t help when the country’s own royal family is among the offenders. Newspaper Aftenposten recently detailed the problem in […]