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 […]

New book sends hikers into ‘marka’

SEE  THE VIDEO: Hundreds of the most avid hikers and skiers in the Oslo area flocked to a hillside in the valley of Sørkedalen last weekend. They’d been eagerly awaiting release of the local ski association’s new Kjentmannsmerket Handbook, full of 50 new destinations, to become even better kjent (acquainted) with the great and nearby outdoors known […]

Trail conflicts can mar winter holidays

It’s winter holiday time for tens of thousands of Norwegians, with many schools closed this week or next. Winter sports fun can be marred, however, by one of those “only in Norway” sorts of conflicts: Do cross-country skiers have special rights to trails that are carefully groomed with ski tracks? Or can non-skiers set out […]

Thousands out hiking as autumn settles in

At least 47,000 Norwegians are estimated to have headed ut på tur (out on a hike) during the weekend, as the Norwegian mountain trekking association DNT (Den norske Turistforening) organized its annual Kom deg ut (literally “Get yourselves out”) day on Sunday. It’s also known as Norway’s largest Sunday stroll. DNT arranged special events all […]

Two national parks opened offshore

Under brilliantly sunny skies and weather that attracted thousands of spectators, Norway’s Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen officially opened two new national parks on Sunday, both of them along the coast with much of the area they cover offshore and underwater. The goal, he said, is to preserve the country’s marine nature in line with the nature […]

Forests come to life, and win an award

With the little snow that came this winter now disappearing, Norwegians all over the country are launching into the next season of hiking, cycling, paddling and eventually swimming in the hills and forests surrounding their towns and cities. In Oslo, residents can now do so in the knowledge that their use of local forests has […]

More hikers needed mountaintop rescue

Norwegian search and rescue crews were pressed into action once again this week after a group of 16 people ran into trouble while hiking over the popular mountain ridge known as Besseggen, north of Fagernes. This time, though, the group had been organized by Norway’s own mountain trekking association DNT. Emergency officials have worried this summer […]

Forests’ bounty sets new records

Norway’s forests are once again full of wild berries and mushrooms, with marshes featuring the golden cloudberries known as multer. Both raspberries and lingonberries  (tyttebær) have been ripening as well, and local experts think it will be a record season. “I’ve been finding lots of the mushrooms and in my local forest of Kjekstadmarka (west of Oslo, south […]

Frogner Park draws Pokémon crowds

Oslo’s Frogner Park, with its vast collection of sculptures by Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland, has emerged as a magnet for players of the new mobile phone game Pokémon Go. The park has been full of people walking around with their mobile phones in hand this week, arguably paying more attention to their screens than the […]

Owls get nesting help in Aremark

PHOTO FEATURE: It’s high season for nesting birds in Norway, and many Norwegians are more than happy to help their feathered friends provide for the next generation. Among them is Ole Lagerholt of Aremark in Southern Norway, who has made and placed more than 50 nesting boxes in his local forests, and recently was delighted […]