Royals headed for the hills

King Harald and Queen Sonja are among the hundreds of thousands of Norwegians who’ve traveled to higher elevations to spend the Easter holidays in the mountains. The royals have their own family cabin known as Prinsehytta in Sikkilsdalen, in the mountains just west of Gudbrandsdalen. “Sikkilsdalen is very important for us,” King Harald said during […]

Skiers flocked to mountain ‘hytter’

Clear and sunny weather and an abundance of snow resulted in some huge increases in the number of overnight stays last week at the Norwegian mountain cabins and lodges known as hytter and operated by the national trekking association DNT . “The visitor numbers confirm that Easter in the mountains is a tradition that lives […]

Storms freeze Finnmark

All mountain roads and many other highways were closed in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark on Thursday, because of heavy snow and avalanche danger. One family from Sortland was left stuck in their car for nearly a full day. State broadcaster NRK reported that Leif Helge Pedersen and his family got caught in Langfjordbotn after […]

Mountain cabins hit by illness

DNT, the Norwegian mountain trekking association, was in emergency mode on Monday after at least 30 people who’ve been skiing from one DNT cabin to another have fallen ill. DNT officials fear an outbreak of the novo-virus, which causes serious vomiting and diarrhea. Three new cases of illness have been reported since Sunday evening. DNT […]

Avalanche warnings posted nationwide

Huge amounts of snow in the mountains and suddenly shifting temperatures have prompted state officials to post avalanche warnings all over the country. With hundreds of thousands of Norwegians in the mountains for traditional Easter skiing holidays, they fear accidents and even fatalities. Another mountain highway, the E39 near Hornindal in Sogn og Fjordane, was […]

‘Half of Norway’ off on Easter holiday

Lots of snow in the mountains was promising skiers one of the best Easter holidays in years. Traffic was expected to be heavy for the next few days as hundreds of thousands of Norwegians take off from school and work, with many heading for the hills. A new survey conducted for the travel industry’s employers’ […]

‘The Gathering’ set new attendance record

Nearly 7,000 young computer enthusiasts packed the iconic Vikingskipet hall in Hamar during the Easter holidays to attend the 25th anniversary of “The Gathering.” It remains Norway’s largest gathering of high-tech-oriented teenagers who prefer a dark hall and constant online events to skiing in the nearby mountains. This year’s Gathering set a new record in attendance and […]

‘God påske’ weekend to all our readers

Norway’s annual “Easter Exodus” is underway, with new figures showing that nearly half the country’s entire population planned to take time off for a spring vacation combined with the Easter holidays. Many Norwegians still head for the mountains for traditional spring skiing holidays, while increasing numbers travel within the country or go abroad. Norway officially observes more […]

Sunny Easter weather due to change

The blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures that have hovered over much of southern Norway during the start of the Easter holidays are due to abruptly come to an end later this week. Rain and wind are on the way. “We can cancel a brilliant Easter east of the mountains when the actual holidays arrive,” state […]

Crown Prince didn’t do as well in ‘Birkebeiner’ this year

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon didn’t do nearly as well in this year’s Birkebeiner race over the mountains from Østerdalen to Gudbrandsdalen. He did beat his other royal rival, though, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, while a Norwegian won the race itself. John Kristian Dahl, who’d been favoured to win, was thrilled with his first Birkebeiner […]