‘Brutal’ Norseman attracted hundreds

Call them gluttons for punishment, but 500 hardy souls from 37 countries took part over the weekend in what’s been called one of the “most brutal” races in the world: The extreme triathlon known as the Norseman.  Participants started gathering in the mountains of southern Norway earlier in the week, and they faced daunting challenges. […]

‘Hytte life’ not what it used to be

Thousands of Norwegians are spending this week of annual høstferie (autumn school holidays) at their cabins (hytter) in the mountains, but many are no longer roughing it. Researchers claim Norwegians have lost their penchant for the simple life and now want all the comforts of home. It wasn’t very long ago that Norwegians headed for […]

Mountain trekking turns trendy

A large increase in the numbers of people trekking through the mountains of Norway this year is now being linked to groups of young Norwegians heading off on collective hikes. It’s suddenly become “cool,” it seems, to head for the high country. “It’s absolutely become a trend among the young to go hiking in the […]

Taxman targets floating docks

Norwegian officials’ never-ending search for new sources of tax revenue has now targeted the floating docks that bob in the waters all around the country. Boat owners and marina managers are sending out distress calls. The issue has suddenly surfaced in national media after a court in Sarpsborg, southern Norway, ruled in favour of local […]

Record year for mountain treks

Never before have so many people gone hiking in the Norwegian mountains, if occupancy at mountain cabins and lodges is any indication. The number of overnight guests at those run by hiking association DNT (Den Norske Turistforeningen) broke all previous records for July. More than 7,000 persons stayed at the Juvasshytta, for example, from which […]