Storm scared tourists on Lofoten

Neither longtime residents nor ferry operators had ever seen such long lines at local ferry docks late this week, after thousands of tourists frightened by unusually harsh summer weather tried to leave otherwise scenic Lofoten. “It’s a nightmare,” one frustrated truckdriver told state broadcaster NRK after waiting for hours in the queue. Strong winds and […]

Sisters killed by lightning

Flags were flying at half-mast on Monday in the coastal community of Hareid, southwest of Ålesund, after three sisters from Oslo were struck by lightning while climbing to the summit of Melshornet. Two of the sisters, aged 12 and 18, were killed and the third badly injured. All were active in the Oslo sports club […]

Adrift Dutch ship now under control

A Dutch cargo ship that lost power in a severe storm off Norway’s west coast earlier this week was finally brought under tow in an emergency operation during the night. That avoided what many feared could have been an environmental catastrophe.  Crews from the Norwegian Coast Guard, a Dutch salvage firm and Norway’s search and […]

Cargo ship adrift in stormy seas

Norwegian officials were worrying about serious environmental damage after a Dutch cargo ship floundered in stormy seas off Ålesund on Monday and then lost power. All 12 crew members have since been rescued and the vessel remained adrift on Tuesday, with 350 tons of heavy oil and 50 tons of diesel on board as it […]

Winter storm rages over Northern Norway

Norway’s northernmost region of Finnmark was largely cut off from the rest of the country on Monday after a severe winter storm with strong winds and snow forced the closure of nearly 60 roads including the main E6 highway. By Monday night, the storms had also knocked out power to around 1,600 residents. Kjøllefjord and […]

Major storm batters Helgeland

Police were urging residents all along the West Coast and especially in Helgeland to stay indoors, after the extreme weather system known as Frank roared in on Thursday. Many mountain roads were also closed and winds were strong as far south as Oslo and beyond. “It’s hardly possible to stand upright out there,” Ole Håkon […]

Storms stirred up lots of trouble

Strong winds, lots of snow and slick roads have caused problems all over Trøndelag and along the West Coast, and sent unusually warm temperatures plummeting. Trucks overturned several places and one even slid into a man’s home office in Malvik. As much as 40 centimeters of snow fell in the mountains, especially in Møre og […]

Storm grounds oil rig helicopters

Another major late summer storm halted most helicopter traffic beween Norway’s West Coast and its oil rigs in the North Sea on Friday. State meteorologists were also warning of flooding because of all the heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. Morten Eek, spokesman for state oil company Equinor’s offshore installations, reported up to 300 […]

Summer suddenly turned chilly

After an unusually warm June, Norway’s July summer holidays got off to an extremely chilly start over the weekend. Strong winds, heavy rain, hail and even some snow caught many tourists by surprise. Slippery roads and as much as 30 centimeters of snow in the mountains prompted warnings from state highway officials that motorists shouldn’t […]

Storm kept police busy, warmer days on the way

Police and emergency crews all over Norway took in lots of calls for help as Easter weekend storms toppled trees and tore down power lines. State meteorologists promise, however, that much better weather is on the way. More than 65,000 households were without electricity on Monday in the new county Innlandet alone. It combines the […]