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 […]

Spring skiers warned against sunburn

Norway’s national cancer association (Kreftforeningen) was once against warning everyone heading outdoors to enjoy spring skiing during the Easter holidays to use sun block creams and dark sunglasses. Weather forecasts in Southern Norway were predicting temperatures as high as 15C in some areas. “In the mountains of Southern Norway, the Easter sun can be  intense,” Bjørn […]

Surprise snowfall tangled traffic

Winter returned with a vengeance to wide areas of southern Norway this week, with as many as 30 centimeters of snow falling in some spots around Oslo. Since almost all motorists have followed the rules and switched from winter to summer tires, driving was hazardous and police reported a string of accidents. Some of the most […]

Winter makes a comeback

Traffic warnings were up on many mountain roads in southern and central Norway on Saturday. Snow and slippery conditions dominated, just as runners in Oslo were welcoming the spring and skiers thought they’d be saying farewell to winter. More than 12,000 skiers, including champions like Therese Johaug and Petter Northug, were making the annual trek […]

Schools cut ‘russ’ party season short

Norway’s top high schools for teenagers keen on sports careers are cracking down on the wild annual party season for graduating seniors known as russ. Administrators at Norges Toppidrettsgymnas (NTG) in Lillehammer have had enough of the constant partying, and are reducing it to just 17 days. The russ season traditionally runs from just after the Easter holidays […]

Flood warnings posted as snow starts melting

Record amounts of snow in the mountains of southern Norway have finally begun to melt, but state authorities are hoping the melting will go slowly. Otherwise they fear more major flooding in the valleys below. “Our worst fear is a combination of high temperatures, rain and wind,” Leif Johnny Bogetveit, a hydrologist with the state […]

Glorious weather unlikely to last

The sunny skies and warm temperatures that seemed to suddenly thrust much of southern Norway into summer this week were “too good to last,” according to state meteorologists. The highs of up to 25C (77F) in Sigdal, for example, have topped out and cooler, overcast weather was moving in. While Northern Norway continued to shiver in sleet […]

Skiers’ last hurrah, runners’ first

Tens of thousands of Norwegians flocked outdoors in the brilliant sunshine over the weekend, not least to take part in some of the biggest organized sporting events of the year. From the mountains to the streets of the capital, they skied and ran, or just took a stroll. Around 12,000 skiers took part in the […]

Gorgeous weather warmed folks up

After one of the gloomiest winters on record, spring seemed to have sprung over the weekend. Brilliantly sunny skies and no wind left the Oslo Fjord smooth as glass, but state meteorologists warned that colder days loomed ahead. The weather was simply gorgeous over most of southern Norway on both Saturday and Sunday. From Trondheim to […]

Spring has sprung, in record warmth

The crocus is in full bloom in many places around southern Norway, like here on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Oslo. Record warm temperatures for the past two weeks have led to early blossoming, and the weather is predicted to stay mild. While it’s raining heavily in some areas, the sun has been […]