Battle flares over popular North Cape

Norway’s North Cape is one of the country’s foremost tourist attractions where visitors have long had to controversially pay for access to the Arctic plateau. Now coastal voyage line Hurtigruten is challenging the Scandic hotel chain’s operating monopoly on the North Cape, through a complaint to the European Free Trade Association’s surveillance authority ESA. Conflicts […]

More deadly algae found near Tromsø

Salmon producers in Northern Norway were bracing for more losses after dead fish were found this week in four fish farming facilities around Tromsø. Tests showed traces of a natural algae that kills the fish, but fishing authorities think the situation was under control. Salmon farming operations in Troms and Nordland counties were hit hard […]

White whale ailing in Hammerfest

The friendly white whale named Hvaldimir, who sought human contact off the coast of Northern Norway after apparently escaping from captivity, fell ill over the weekend. Researchers and the founder of the Norwegian Orca Survey feared the worst, but were breathing a bit easier on Monday. “It was a tough weekend,” Eve Jourdain, a marine […]

Glacier ice cube project cracks up

Politicians in the northern Norwegian community of Meløy have apparently listened to critics of a controversial project to sell exclusive ice cubes carved out of the glacier Svartisen. Meløy’s local council turned down the project on Friday, by a vote of 18 to 2. “We had two choices,” Meløy Mayor Sigurd Stormo of the Labour […]

New theory ties whale to therapy

A white beluga whale that turned up recently in Norwegian waters has neither been trained as a spy nor as an assault weapon, according to a Norwegian newspaper specializing in the fishing industry. It reported on Tuesday that it’s fairly certain the whale is named “Semjon,” and was trained for entertainment purposes and to offer therapy […]

White whale now named ‘Hvaldimir’

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) declared on Friday that “the public has spoken,” and named a cute white whale that was freed of mysterious harnesses off Finnmark last week Hvaldimir. “Hval” (pronounced “vall”) is the Norwegian word for whale, and the name is also a play on the name of Russian president Vladimir Putin. NRK, which had […]

White whale still worries researchers

A white beluga whale bearing harnesses that caught the attention of a Norwegian fishing boat’s crew, and later much of the world, has been performing tricks this week for spectators in the far northern village of Tufjord. The whale’s unusual behaviour still worries researchers who aren’t sure he’ll survive in the wild. “He’s so comfortable […]

Accused spy’s trial begins next week

Frode Berg, the retired Norwegian border inspector from Kirkenes, has been sitting in a Moscow jail for nearly 16 months, accused of spying for Norway. He finally has a court date, with his trial due to begin in Moscow on April 2. Berg’s Russian defense attorney Ilja Novikov wrote on social media that the trial […]

Cyber attacks high on defense agenda

Norway’s defense minister had the threat of cyber attacks high on his agenda when he met with foreign correspondents in Oslo earlier this week, and that was before news broke of the massive attack on industrial concern Norsk Hydro.  Frank Bakke-Jensen referred to cyberspace as the new battleground that potentially poses more challenges than the […]

Muslims met by threats in Finnmark

Muslims arriving at mosques in Norway’s northern county of Finnmark this week were met by placards calling for “revolution” against Islam. The offensive notices promoting a right-wing extremist organization were also found on public buildings and schools in Alta and Sør-Varanger. “It wasn’t very nice,” the leader of the mosque in Alta, Ismail Omar, told […]