Bridges urged over the Oslo Fjord

Norway’s state highway department is recommending that politicians opt for a new bridge over the Oslo Fjord instead of building a new tunnel under it, to ease east-west traffic in southern Norway. Some plans call for two bridges, but face major budget challenges. Traffic planners have been trying to find new ways of speeding east-west […]

New police boat in action

Oslo police have a powerful new means of catching criminals and speedsters at sea: A new patrol boat that can go from zero to 40 knots when they need to chase someone down. The new vessel, christened this spring, replaces an earlier patrol boat by the same name, Vekteren (The Watchman). It cost NOK 15 […]

Huge Færder regatta may change tack

Norway’s annual Færderseilasen has long ranked as one of the largest regattas in the world, and around 700 boats gathered in the inner Oslo Fjord on Friday as the first class of racers readied to set sail around noon. The number of boats taking part in what’s known as “Færder’n,” though, has declined in the […]

WWII mines exploded in Oslofjord

Norwegian and Swedish defence mine sweepers blew up five unexploded World War II-era mines outside Nesodden in the Oslofjord on Wednesday. It’s estimated more than 1,000 sea mines remain in the waterway. “At the request of the police, in cooperation with Defence, the mine hunting vessels KNM Hinnøy and KNM Karmøy will destroy the mines,” […]

Island tranquility, just minutes away

EXCURSIONS: After a challenging summer in the City of Oslo, the island of Gressholmen in the fjord off Norway’s capital beckons as a haven of tranquility. It’s just a short ferry ride from downtown but a world away from congestion and city sorrows, also inviting as temperatures start to fall. Ferries to the city-owned islands […]

Springtime in the suburbs

Garden flowers are coming out and the garden grass is greening at Fornebulandet, with a view to the Oslo fjord and the dramatic hills above Oslo. This used to be the site of Norway’s main airport, but today large parts of it has been turned into recreation areas. Most grand plans for business development, however, […]

Ice threatens shipping on the Oslo Fjord

Local authorities have had to call in a fleet of ice breakers for the first time in 15 years, in order to keep shipping lanes open along the Norwegian coast. Hardest hit are island communities around Hvaler and coastal areas as far south as Grimstad, while ferries and local shipping also have been disrupted between […]

Historic day on the waterfront

Thousands of people turned out Sunday for an historic chance to walk, for the first and only time, through a new six-lane tunnel under the fjord at Oslo’s eastern harbor. The new tunnel will steer traffic away from the waterfront area that already is the site of the Opera House and soon will sport a […]