Norwegians value intact nature most

Wilderness, the silence of the great outdoors, and the sound of rushing water ranked highest in a recent overview of which nature experiences Norwegians value the most. That can explain all the strong opposition that always occurs when Norwegians fear their scenic and peaceful areas are threatened. The latest opposition this spring has flared over […]

Conflicts blow over windmill projects

The Norwegian government went to the dramatic extent on Monday of halting, at least temporarily, construction of a highly contested wind energy project on the island of Frøya. It’s just one of many where windmill opponents have resorted to public demonstrations, civil disobedience and even vandalism in their efforts to block construction of the huge […]

Activists ready to joust at windmills

Local environmental groups and outdoor enthusiasts are reeling after the state energy directorate NVE presented new and widespread plans for more windmill developments. Three of them are in Trøndelag, and opponents claim they would ruin more scenic landscapes. “We’re still sitting here in a state of shock,” Jonny Remmereit of the hiking and nature association […]

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 […]

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 […]