Summer in the City hasn’t ended yet

PHOTO FEATURE: Schools are back in session and Norway’s official summer holiday period is long over, but the weather suggests otherwise. State meteorologists are forecasting another heat wave of sorts, and folks were already out enjoying sunshine and warmth over the weekend. Oslo residents flocked to the waterfront again on Sunday, and many dove right […]

Music festivals hang on to their identities

Another busy season of summer festivals in Norway will soon draw to a close. In the increasingly attractive region of Helgeland, known for its thousands of islands and coastal culture, organizers of two major festivals are keen to literally hang on to their roots. While Rootsfestivalen in Brønnøysund wants to retain a local identity, Trænafestivalen hopes […]

Heat wave breaks, more warmth coming

Norwegians in the southern part of the country could finally put on a sweater again Tuesday, when they woke up to temperatures that were just half the day before. Meteorologists predict warm summer weather will return, just not as hot. After sweltering through several days of temperatures over 30C, thermometers were showing 16C in Oslo […]

Norway sweltered in the record heat

A record warm weekend ended, in Oslo at least, with  some heavy local showers Sunday night. They didn’t cool things off much, though, as Norway Cup players tried to sleep in sweltering gymnasiums where thermometers have hit 45C (110F). The large Norway Cup international football tournament attracts thousands of young football players to Oslo every […]

Bumped passengers rage at Norwegian Air

Oslo-based Norwegian Air is facing more turbulence this summer. The forced grounding of its large fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft left Norwegian with less capacity, and several passengers holding tickets have been denied boarding. “I think it’s incredible for an airline to treat its passengers as if the airline has no systems at all,” […]

Tourism heats up in the north

Norway’s Arctic regions are experiencing another boom in tourism this summer. Hotels in the coastal city of Harstad, for example, can report occupancy rates of between 85- and 90 percent. Many cite spillover effects from the tourist magnet of nearby Lofoten. “Lofoten tourism spills over on Harstad, when we steadily more often hear that Lofoten […]

Motor homes roll over roads, ferries

They’re everywhere this summer, the large recreational vehicles (RVs) known as bobiler in Norwegian. Never before have there been more of them rolling around Norway,  but their popularity is not shared by many others on road trips in Norway when they slow down traffic, block views at scenic vista points and take up lots of […]

Wildflowers radiant after the drought

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s fields of of wildflowers known as blomsterenga have been blossoming even more beautifully than usual this summer. Experts cite last year’s drought, which “stressed” both plants and trees and made them try to spread more seeds before dying. This bounty of rødkløver (red clover) is typical of the wildflowers blossoming all over the […]

Farmers ready to reap bumper crops

Norwegian farmers seem to be going from famine to feast this year, with optimal weather conditions yielding what are expected to be record large crops. It’s a sharp contrast from last year’s drought, which resulted in a huge state bailout. There’s little likelihood the farmers will offer to repay any of the NOK 1.6 billion […]

‘Code of Conduct’ for Lofoten tourists

UPDATED: “Welcome to Lofoten,” but follow some rules, read signs and brochures now greeting tourists who flock to the scenic archipelago in Northern Norway during the summer months. Residents and officials have resorted to issuing a “Code of Conduct” in several languages after growing weary of tourists’ garbage, illegal camping, invasion of private property and even […]