DNT reports another record summer

Norway’s popular national hiking association DNT (Den Norske Turistforening) could report another “super summer” this year. Record numbers of hikers and nature lovers stayed at DNT hytter (cabins), with many reporting double-digit increases in overnight guests. DNT reported a total of 65,000 overnight stays at its cabins, many of which are self-service. The Svukuriset hytte […]

‘Code of Conduct’ for Lofoten tourists

UPDATED: “Welcome to Lofoten,” but follow some rules, read signs and brochures now greeting tourists who flock to the scenic archipelago in Northern Norway during the summer months. Residents and officials have resorted to issuing a “Code of Conduct” in several languages after growing weary of tourists’ garbage, illegal camping, invasion of private property and even […]

Summer holiday budgets trimmed

Norwegians aren’t spending quite as much on their summer holidays this year. A recent survey shows a 6 percent decline on average as compared to last year. The survey, conducted by research firm Respons Analyse for Sparebank1, shows that Norwegians on average planned to spend NOK 16,713 (nearly USD 2,000). That’s down from NOK 17,866 […]

Summer holidays drown in cold rain

Norwegians from north to south were all but drowning in chilly rain or even snow as their traditional month-long summer holidays began this week. While the rest of Europe is sweltering in a heat wave, Norway seemed caught in an unusual cold snap with temperatures due to drop in the most southern parts of the […]

‘Flyskam’ won’t halt summer holidays

School’s out, Parliament has closed and Norway’s traditional month-long summer holiday period began this week with some welcome sunshine and warmer temperatures. Norwegians’ travel plans still don’t seem to be disrupted by flyskam, the new Swedish term for being ashamed to fly because of climate concerns. “Are we ashamed enough to drop flight plans?” asked […]

Fireworks set off complaints

Two major private fireworks displays on weeknights in Oslo last week have sent complaints soaring almost as high and as loud as the fireworks themselves. Residents complained that children were woken up, dogs started barking and lots of smoke lingered over the downtown area. The first fireworks display on Wednesday night was connected to a […]

Snow chills long weekend plans

Just as thousands of Norwegians were set to head off on Wednesday for a long holiday weekend, many of them woke up to more snow. State meteorologists were warning against driving up to the mountains, or over them. “There are several centimeters of snow on the ground and we’re back to real winter driving conditions,” […]

Man lost arm in 17th of May salute

A man in his 50s had to have his arm amputated at the elbow, after explosives he was loading into a canon for a traditional 17th of May salute last Friday went off during the loading process. Canons placed at historic sites around the country are still used for 21-gun salutes on national holidays and […]

‘Perfect’ weather for the 17th of May

The sun was shining or at least peeking out from Kirkenes in the north to Kristiansand in the south for Norway’s Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May. Traditional parades, outdoor dancing, concerts and other special events were on tap all over the country. Celebrations started as early as 6am in some communities but […]

Security to be high on 17th of May

Norwegian police in small towns as well as the country’s cities will be armed, many for the first time, when Norway celebrates its Constitution Day on the 17th of May. Researchers are unsure whether Norwegians will feel safer or be offended by the sight of guns, even in discreet holsters. “I think it’s fine,” one […]