Wildflowers radiant after the drought

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s fields of of wildflowers known as blomsterenga have been blossoming even more beautifully than usual this summer. Experts cite last year’s drought, which “stressed” both plants and trees and made them try to spread more seeds before dying. This bounty of rødkløver (red clover) is typical of the wildflowers blossoming all over the […]

Questions, protests fly over Bond film

Norwegian environmentalists have been both shaken and stirred into action by the prospect of a new James Bond film being shot in the usually quiet hills and forests of Nordmarka, just north of Oslo. They don’t like how production crews are already cordoning off areas usually open to skiers, and constructing a wooden building that […]

Tycoon wants to take over Oslo tower

Tryvanns Tower still literally towers over Oslo, but it’s been closed and abandoned for the past two years. Now local real estate tycoon Christian Ringnes wants to buy it from the city, and has big plans for a major renovation. “Tryvanns Tower is one of my childhood icons,” Ringnes told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “I want […]

Oslo prepares to protect its wolves

Oslo city officials are making moves to protect predators in the vast forests surrounding the Norwegian capital. Many residents have reacted positively to wolves in their midst, in contrast to the fear that pervades rural areas. Newspaper Dagsavisen reports that more wolves have been tracked down in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka and the […]

Frosty forests show winter is coming

PHOTO FEATURE: While winter has arrived in much of Northern Norway and in the mountains, the Oslo area has been mostly free of snow so far. A sudden drop in temperatures over the weekend provided some frosty landscapes, but state meteorologists warned Tuesday that they may not last long. This placid scene could be found […]

The autumn leaves, of red and gold

SEE THE VIDEO: They’ve been drifting past windows, or even framing them. It’s that time of year in Norway, when the nights are cold, the days somewhat warmer but brisk, and the fall colours breathtaking. Here’s a video of the Hagerup Waterfall in the hills above Hakadal, just north of Oslo, followed by some photos […]

Wolf shot near Oslo

Another wolf was shot in the hills northwest of Oslo over the weekend, in the forest known as Krokskogen. Authorization had been issued, and the wolf wandered right into the firing line of a hunter otherwise waiting for moose. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the female wolf was shot in the area of Krokskogen, a popular […]

Murder charges dropped against ex-neo-Nazi

Police in Oslo no longer think that a 55-year-old former neo-Nazi who once was convicted of murders in Hadeland was also responsible for the murder of a 39-year-old man in the valley of Maridalen last month. Johnny Olsen remains charged, however, with desecrating a corpse. The smoldering remains of the 39-year-old were found by hikers […]

Murder victim identified

The charred remains of a body found in the Oslo valley of Maridalen has been identified, police reported over the weekend, but they were still not revealing the victim’s name pending notification of next of kin. Newspapers Aftenposten and Dagbladet reported that the body was that of a white Norwegian man in his 30s. The […]

Ex-neo-Nazi held in new grisly murder

A 55-year-old former neo-Nazi convicted in the execution-style Hadeland murders in 1983, has been arrested again and charged with murdering and burning the body of a new victim on Wednesday. Johnny Olsen, who later changed his name, has denied the charges against him, but the Oslo City Court ordered that he be held in custody […]