Hytte ban now enforceable by law

The Norwegian government has gone forward with it plans to prohibit Norwegians from traveling to their beloved holiday cabins known as a hytte. They claim a travel ban is necessary to contain the spread of the Corona virus, and have made hytte trips punishable by fines or even prison. Despite objections by many owners of […]

Not even hytte holidays allowed

The Norwegian government was stepping up its battle against the Corona virus this weekend in a manner that may bother Norwegians the most: banning getaways to their own beloved hytte (holiday cabin). Both state and local officials want Norwegians to just stay home, and not put others at risk. State broadcaster NRK reported that the […]

Oslo ‘fools … came to their senses’

Chastened Oslo officials have shifted into reverse and will allow an exhibition of vintage American cars in the city’s Frogner Park this summer after all. They’d earlier banned the annual event, which clashed with Oslo’s efforts to restrict car use, but caved in to criticism. Even the leader of the local Labour Party, which leads […]

Thousands finally can head home from holidays

Sandstorms that closed the airport at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands over the weekend finally abated enough on Monday to allow it to reopen. Both Norwegian Air and SAS were sending extra aircraft to the popular holiday island of Gran Canaria, to bring home stranded passengers. All aircraft were subject to techncial and safety […]

Storm warnings posted again

Norwegian media were sending out warnings from state meteorologists on Friday about yet another storm moving in from the north Atlantic and slamming right into Norway from north to south, just as thousands of Norwegian are heading to or from the mountains for winter holidays. “Especially bad weather” was predicted through Saturday, with several mountain […]

Storms and flooding halt trains, ferries

More stormy weather and high tides set off flooding that forced closure of train stations in Drammen and Halden on Monday. Strong winds and high seas also halted ferries all over Southern Norway, where mountain roads also had to close. The river running through Drammen rose so high that tracks were submerged at the train […]

Sami celebrate amid climate concerns

Sami flags flew all over Norway on Thursday as the country’s indigenous people celebrated their own national day. The president of the Sami Parliament complained, though, that many of Norway’s new climate programs ignore Sami interests. Aili Keskitalo stressed in her New Year’s address last month that “powerful forces” have been “working against the Sami.” […]

Oslo’s war on cars targets Americans

Climate-concious officials at the City of Oslo, keen on restricting cars in the Norwegian capital, are now putting the brakes on a traditional event at the annual American Independence Day festivities in the Frogner Park. They’ve banned this summer’s popular vintage American car enthusiasts’ AMCAR exhibition, and protests are shifting into high gear. “Cars are […]

New Year speeches all addressed suicide

King Harald, Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the president of Norway’s Sami Parliament, Aili Keskitalo, all tackled the difficult issue of suicide in their traditional New Year addresses to the nation. King Harald won praise for what was called his “serious, warm, but authoritative” message to the Norwegian people. The monarch, stunned by his own […]

Winter wonderland awaits in the hills

PHOTO FEATURE: There wasn’t much snow in the downtown area during the New Year’s week, but residents of Oslo only need to head for the hills around the Norwegian capital to find a winter wonderland and plenty of possibilities for skiing. We checked out some of the areas closest to town, and easily accessible on […]