Nature lovers meet some opposition

At the height of the annual fall hiking and hunting season, doubts are suddenly emerging about Norwegians’ alleged attachment to the great outdoors. A new book is getting rave reviews for portraying an honest and funny aversion to hiking, skiing or spending time at Norway’s iconic cabins called hytter. Proud residents of Northern Norway, meanwhile, decry […]

Mountain still moving, warnings maintained

State geologists were reporting “enormous speed” on Monday in the movement of an unstable mountainside at Rauma in Romsdal. The portion of the mountain range known as Veslemannen shifted as much as a full meter, prompting officials to maintain “red alert” warnings of a major rockslide into the valley below. Heavy rain that also set […]

Mountain threatens to crash down again

Never before has a long unstable mountainside towering over a valley in Romsdal been so threatening as this week. The few residents still living below it were facing their longest evacuation period yet. Now it’s the area of the mountain called Veslemannen that’s causing the most concern. Several landslides already and noisy rumbling prompted geologists […]

Residents still waiting for mountain to fall

A small group of hardy Norwegians were evacuated once again this week from their homes at the bottom of the unstable mountainside known as Mannen, in a valley in Romsdalen. It’s their seventh evacuation in recent years. Geologists sent out warnings earlier this week and then raised them to the so-called “red alert” level. On […]

Warnings up that ‘Mannen’ may fall

Geologists have feared for years that the Norwegian mountaintop known as “Mannen” will break off and crash to the ground below in the scenic valley of Rauma in Romsdal. On Friday afternoon they evacuated those living below once again. State waterways and energy agency NVE, which is reponsible for monitoring the unstable mountainside, raised its […]

Trolltunga’s parking fees hiked

Tourists and Norwegians alike face not only a demanding hike after parking at the closest lot to Trolltunga’s trailhead this summer. They also face a steep hike in the parking fee itself. The price now seems nearly as high as Trolltunga’s unique rock formation, but local officials claim it was necessary to cover costs related […]

Fatal fall on popular mountain trail

An elderly man out hiking with his family over Besseggen, one of Norway’s most popular mountain trails despite its steepness, fell off one of the ridge’s narrowest portions. He’s believed to have died instantly after hitting his head on a rock. Police received the emergency call around 11:30am that the man, reported to be in […]

Man killed in fall from mountaintop

A man in his 40s was confirmed to have been killed Wednesday evening after hiking up to the top of a mountain in the county of Møre og Romsdal, and then suffering a bad fall. The fatal accident occurred atop the mountain called Rørsethornet near Midsund west of Molde. “The man has probably fallen from the […]

Bad weather spoils season’s last race

Norway’s traditional last ski race of the season this weekend, a mountain classic known as Skarverennet, was supposed to have been an eagerly anticipated battle of the superstars and a grand finale for Marit Bjørgen. Strong winds and poor visibility ended up cancelling it, also for the 12,200 others who had signed up to take […]

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 […]